Theories and Discovery
Is Judaism a Younger Religion Than Previously Thought?
A new book by an Israeli archaeologist makes the stunning claim that common Jewish practices emerged only a century or so before Jesus
The Story of How Humans Came to the Americas Is Constantly Evolving
Surprising new clues point to the arrival taking place thousands of years earlier than previously believed
Was Alexander the Great Pronounced Dead Prematurely?
A new theory suggests he was only paralyzed when he was declared dead, but it's impossible to prove he had Guillain-Barré Syndrome with the existing facts
Can Napoleon’s Defeat at Waterloo Be Traced to a Volcanic Eruption in Indonesia?
A new study posits that an 1815 eruption caused inclement weather that, according to some theories, led to Napoleon's defeat
Scientists Baked a "Fossil" in 24 Hours
The simulation could help researchers gain new insight into the fossilization process—without having to wait 10,000 years
Unique Brain Circuitry Might Explain Why Parrots Are So Smart
Their bird brains are not bird-brained
Is This Painted Tile Da Vinci’s Earliest Known Work?
Two Italian scholars believe the tile was painted by the Renaissance master in 1471, but other experts are not convinced
Astronauts' Footprints May Have Warmed the Moon
"Lost" data from the 1970s helped scientists solve an enduring lunar mystery
Scientists Say They Have Transferred ‘Memories’ Between Snails
A controversial new study suggests that RNA may play an important role in memory storage
Did Leprosy Originate in Europe?
A new study suggests the disease was far more diverse in Europe than previously believed
Two 19th-Century Shipwrecks Discovered During Search for Flight MH370
The Western Australian Museum has put forth several suggestions for the identities of the sunken vessels
Expressive Eyebrows May Have Given Modern Humans an Evolutionary Edge
A new study explores why ancient humans had pronounced brow ridges, and why they eventually lost them
Sometimes, a Scientific “Eureka!” Moment Really Does Change the World
Your plastic credit card, microwaveable popcorn and erection enhancers all owe to a fortuitous moment of connection
A Sickly Paleolithic Pupper Only Survived Because of Human Help
The canine wouldn't have been a good hunter, hinting early humans may have loved their pets for more than athleticism
Is the Fall Equinox the Secret to the Pyramids' Near-Perfect Alignment?
One engineer says yes
The Oldest Known Butterflies Existed Before Flowers
A new study raises intriguing questions about the evolutionary trajectory of butterflies and moths
Smithsonian Curator Weighs In on Photo That Allegedly Shows Amelia Earhart in Japanese Captivity
A History Channel special claims that a National Archives photo shows the pilot sitting on a dock in the Pacific, but experts are skeptical
Let Us Now Praise the Invention of the Microscope
Early scientists wielded this revolutionary tool to study the invisible world of microbes, and even their own semen
What's the Best Way to Help the Amazon's Indigenous People?
Can a pioneering computer model save the rainforest's residents from our best intentions?
Did Neanderthals Die Out Because of the Paleo Diet?
A new theory links their fate to a meat-heavy regimen