Historic EventsWars, important political and economic occasions, catastrophes and social movements of the past
In 2010, $607 million dollars worth of small and light arms left the United States, headed to buyers around the world
August 07, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Deep underground in southern Italy, just outside the city of Naples, the Campi Flegrei supervolcano has been resting for the past 500 years.
August 06, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Soldiers arriving home with missing or mutilated genitals have drown attention to the lack of government support for in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination using donated sperm, which costs up to $7,000 per procedure.
July 31, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Voted female athlete of the 20th century, Fanny Blankers-Koen won four gold medals while pregnant with her third child
July 31, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Records at the National Archives in London show how organizers cobbled together the 1948 "Austerity" Games
July 31, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
The Army has announced that they are designing body armor specifically tailored to women's bodies.
July 26, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Amidst the turmoil of an ongoing civil war, Syrian President al-Assad has been threatening to use chemical weapons if faced with international intervention.
July 26, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Roughly 40,000 years ago, the Neanderthals that lived in the Mediterranean disappeared. Whether they simply up and left, or died off, is anybody’s guess. They were still a common sight in western Europe for another 10,000 years, so outright extinction is off the table. In trying to understand what lead to the Neanderthal’s decline, archaeologists [...]
July 24, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
In 1957, five Air Force officers volunteered (and one cameraman was voluntold) to stand directly below a mid-air detonation of a 2-kiloton nuclear warhead.
July 19, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
The US Navy had a bold plan to redesign its fleet to operate on renewable energy, a plan that may be falling apart.
July 18, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Drought grips 55% of the US mainland causing a shortfall in crop production, with very low chances of it ending any time soon.
July 17, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
The Transcontinental Railroad connected East and West—and accelerated the destruction of what had been in the center of North America
July 17, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Last week, the CDC released its Wedding Day Survival Plan, a document which reads like a natural disaster preparedness checklist.
July 16, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
The Gore-Booth sisters, Constance and Eva, forsook their places amid Ireland's Protestant gentry to fight for the rights of the disenfranchised and the poor
July 10, 2012 | By Gilbert King
The Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado was the most destructive in the state's history.
July 06, 2012 | By Sarah Laskow
Starting in 2015, Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf will once again be available to German readers.
July 05, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
You'd think the 4th of July would inspire filmmakers to great works, but for the most part, they have been unable to recreate the events that led to the founding of America
July 03, 2012 | By Daniel Eagan
The tombs and cultural relics of Timbuktu, a key trade and social center of the ancient world, are being destroyed by an armed group known as the Ansar Dine.
July 03, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Data visualizer John Nelson compiled historical earthquake records to produce this gorgeous, and informative, map. In all, 203,186 earthquakes are marked on the map, which is current through 2003. And it reveals the story of plate tectonics itself.
July 02, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Today, the New York Fire Department, along with a team of scientists, are going to burn down 20 vacant houses, furnished with goodies from hotel liquidation sales, with the aim of figuring out better ways of fighting plastic-fueled fires.
July 02, 2012 | By Sarah Laskow