More than 200 years ago, Congress took legislative control over the nation's new capital. Residents have been fighting it ever since. Why isn't Washington, D.C. a state? It started with a drunken mob.
New research shows an arch running along the tops of human feet supports our unique mobility. For more than a century, evolutionary biologists have admired the exquisite design of the human foot and how
After weeks of inexplicable dimming, the star Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion is perking back up, suggesting that it won’t go supernova anytime soon. Rumors of Betelgeuse’s impending death have greatly
Stone tools hint that the population weathered the biggest eruption in two million years, but some researchers aren’t convinced. Roughly 74,000 years ago, a supervolcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra
Flu season generally subsides in April and March, but will the coronavirus go with it? Past coronavirus outbreaks can offer clues. Whether the coronavirus that’s quickly spreading around the world will
The pioneering mathematician helped send the first U.S. astronauts to space—including on the Apollo flights to the moon. Remembering Katherine Johnson, NASA's 'Hidden Figures' hero, for her love of numbers
History and science show that travel restrictions can delay, but hardly stop, an outbreak. There are two words no one wants to hear during an emerging outbreak: local transmission. Over the weekend, Italy
Companies like Coca-Cola used to collect 98 percent of their bottles, and new entrepreneurs are learning from their tactics. In the flood of innovative solutions that have emerged in the last several to
The sun occasionally releases bursts of electromagnetic radiation, which may disorient whales, a new study finds. Gray whales migrate more than 10,000 miles up and down the western coast of North America,
In Mobile, Carnival is more than an indulgent holiday. Its time-honored traditions have been passed through generations since the turn of the 18th century. Finding the roots of when Mardi Gras was first
Both highly intelligent and a culinary delicacy, the animals are at the center of a controversy that pits the conservation of wild octopuses against the ethics of mass-breeding them. In a damp, darkened
The inspiring image lifted the spirits of a nation—and raised suspicions that it was too good to be true. Was this iconic World War II photo staged? Here's the heroic true story. On February 23, 1945,
For centuries, humans struggled to sync civil, religious, and agricultural calendars with the solar year. Adding a 'leap year' solved the problem—though just for the next 3,300 years. It's that time again:
Hiram Revels subverted slave states and recruited soldiers in the Civil War. In the 150 years since his election, he remains one of only 10 black senators ever. When Hiram Rhodes Revels traveled to Washington
Inspired by their powerful ancestors, the Sassanian dynasty restored Persia to imperial glory, ruling lands that stretched from Turkey to Pakistan. Alexander the Great conquered Persia in 331 B.C. and
Coal, oil, and gas are responsible for much more atmospheric methane, the super-potent warming gas, than previously known. In the thick of a Greenland summer of field work in 2015, Benjamin Hmiel and team
Victoria Falls is one of the world's most impressive natural wonders—but what happens as the region gets drier and hotter? Victoria Falls is one the biggest and most awe-inspiring waterfalls on the planet.
Experts expect to see more extreme warming events in the future, raising alarm bells about the future of the world's largest frozen landmass. Five hundred miles south of South America’s Cape Horn, a narrow
An unexpected archaeological find in an ancient abbey may reveal how rural populations handled the ravages of a deadly epidemic. Black Death discovery offers rare new look at plague catastrophe In 1348
What started as—and legally remains—a celebration of George Washington has transformed into something more. Most American calendars mark the third Monday in February as Presidents' Day. Retailers use observance
Human activity has made an ocean circulation pattern misbehave—triggering a weird confluence of events that has caused the infestations. East Africa is in the midst of a crisis that sounds like something
"Somewhere in that little bright speck, I was sitting at my desk." Thirty years ago today, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft had already traveled well beyond the realm of the planets and was shooting toward
After weeks of fierce fighting, even battle-hardened U.S. Marines were “sitting on the ground, hands to their faces, sobbing their hearts out.” Bill Montgomery doesn’t hear too well these days. At 95,
A rare trek across a remote wilderness finds a village that has declared itself an “ecological zone” in a bid to attract visitors. Outsiders don't venture into this lush corner of India. Could that change?