Modern Historic Eras: World
David Morrison, an astrobiologist by day, and apocalypse expert by night, is here to clear up your questions about the end of the world
September 06, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
The IUCN's Red List of endangered species looks bad, but the reality is probably much, much worse
September 03, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Once a rarely used key on the typewriter, the graceful character has become the very symbol of modern electronic communication
September 2012 | By William F. Allman
Passionate to the point of obsessive about design, Steve Jobs insisted that his computers look perfect inside and out
September 2012 | By Walter Isaacson
A range of satellites are set to watch Isaac, giving a step-by-step look into the storm's evolution
August 29, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Yesterday, Armstrong announced that he would no longer fight the doping charges against him. His surrender marks an end not just to his battles, but to his entire career
August 24, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
While athletes were setting world records, designers and journalists were building graphics and games to track them. Here are the best ones.
August 13, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
From 1929 to now, how do former Olympic champions compare to today's athletes?
August 09, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
In a lectures series for children, Carl Sagan educates us all on the history and exploration of Mars.
August 08, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
Olympic synchronized swimmers get a lot of flack for their wacky sport - but while it is weird, it's also really hard.
August 08, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
In 1936 Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics, throwing the idea of Aryan supremacy back into Hitler's face.
August 03, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
Why more writers should be as fearless, and as prickly as Vidal.
August 01, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
How to tell which countries will take home more bling, and why weight lifting matters.
July 30, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
In a five-part exploration of the ever-growing human population, now sitting at 7 billion and expected to hit 9.3 billion by 2050, Los Angeles Times reporter Kenneth R. Weiss, describes how the world may, finally, be on the cusp of diffusing the still-ticking time bomb.
July 24, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Starting in 2015, Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf will once again be available to German readers.
July 05, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Residents have so far been able to stay safe from the fires, but strong winds compounding on record high temperatures, a dry winter, and possibly a recent pine beetle infestation, have rocketed this year's fire season to be one of the most destructive in at least four decades.
June 27, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
The 2012 London summer Olympics will be the first time Saudi women athletes will be able to compete. According to the Associated Press, The discussions on sending women to the games have been wrapped in secrecy for fear of a backlash from the powerful religious establishment and deeply traditional society in which women are severely [...]
June 26, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Hosni Mubarak’s heart has stopped beating and he’s not responding to defibrillation. Mubarak is clinically dead. Wait, no—Mubarak is in a coma and now he’s on life support. Just kidding, Mubarak is almost stable. Uncertainty shrouds the 84-year-old former Egyptian president’s condition like smoke from so many hookahs. But confusion also accompanies the various medical [...]
June 20, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
America's longtime counterterrorism czar warns that the cyberwars have already begun—and that we might be losing
April 2012 | By Ron Rosenbaum
Our world is a place where information can behave like human genes and ideas can replicate, mutate and evolve
May 2011 | By James Gleick