The underground burial tombs were used at least as far back as 2500 B.C.
Bloodcurdling war cries, shrieking elephants, and whistling arrows all made soldiers flee in terror.
∆G = ∆H - T∆S is one of the most abstract formulas in science, but it is also one of the most important. Without it, life cannot exist.
With almost every shovel of sand shifted in Egypt, another artifact comes to light.
The Greeks were among the first to move beyond “primitive money” and establish an official currency, transforming their trade, government, and even philosophy.
Unbelievably enough, it all comes back to Pythagoras. One of the first theorems anyone learns in mathematics is the Pythagorean Theorem: if you have a right triangle, then the square […]
Mesopotamian beer was not flavored with hops, and it was probably on the thick, porridgey side.
Research shows that bone fragments of Jesus's (possible) brother belong to someone else.
In ancient Greece, the Olympics were never solely about the athletes themselves.
A 5,300-year-old mummy teaches us the global history of tattoos.
We’re still not sure what the ultimate question is. Here are 5 excellent candidates. One of the most amusing stories in all of science fiction is Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s […]
Logic puzzles can teach reasoning in a fun way that doesn't feel like work.
A new paper suggests past research on MDMA often overestimated the dangers of the drug because the studies examined heavy users, not average ones.
Following the advent of human space flight, NASA began naming missions after children of Zeus.
It walked enough miles to nearly circle the Earth twice.
The plant-like sea creatures contain a molecule that improves memory, learning, and even hair quality, according to a new study in mice.
Fire-breathing dragons may represent chaos and the human impulse to conquer that threat.
This is a time for family and friends to gather, watch the full moon and eat mooncakes and other delicacies.
The rites we give to the dead help us understand what it takes to go on living.
The quadratic formula isn't just something that teachers use to torture algebra students. The Babylonians once used it to calculate taxes.
The emergence of life in the universe is as certain as the emergence of matter, gravity, and the stars. Life is the universe developing a memory, and our chemical detection system could find it.
More than 1,000 years ago, Mesoamerican societies conducted one of history's most interesting experiments in commodity money.
Peer pressure is a powerful thing, even for adults. In his Big Think+ video, “Generate Better Conversations,” economist Tim Harford tells the story of an instructive study done in the […]
Humans seemingly have opposing desires to fit in and to be unique. The interplay between these might drive the evolution of fads.
Hybrid animals emere when two different species from the same family reproduce. For many years, the kunga’s lineage was just another genetic mystery.
Think you can solve it? One mathematician has already offered about $1,000 and a bottle of champagne to whoever cracks it first.
It’s fundamentally different from space. Here’s how. Here’s a question that most of us have been asked at some point in our lives, “what’s the shortest distance between two points?” By […]