Anything, good or bad, about Henry Ford can be contradicted — except his ambition and his work.
Civilization was built on ceremony.
Despite the fact that both species shared a similarly large neocortex, scientists still have many questions about how closely the function of their brains resembled our own.
Roundworms at the monastery.
Looking at ourselves in a mirror — or on a video call — shapes our sense of self. But what you see is not what others see.
Mesopotamian beer was not flavored with hops, and it was probably on the thick, porridgey side.
Long before the birth of Julius Caesar, the Roman Republic appointed all-powerful dictators to protect their state in times of crisis. They were remarkably self-restrained and obedient to the constitution.
Many people lived long enough to grow old in the olden days, too.
Bloodcurdling war cries, shrieking elephants, and whistling arrows all made soldiers flee in terror.
More than mindless bloodshed, the gladiatorial games were organized sports. Gladiators were treated as world-class athletes, receiving superior diets and medical care.
Hint: It wasn't always an asteroid.
NASA was dangerously cavalier about the dangers of the shuttle launches.
We've been somewhat lucky in the past...
Commodus lived the anti-Stoic life, pursuing lust, narcissism, and self-indulgence.
Some artifacts drown in shipwrecks, others are taken by the tide. Many others will vanish as a result of climate change and rising sea levels.
Rock art in northern Australia depicts marsupial lions, giant kangaroos, and other megafauna that populated the Land Down Under long ago.
The 557-million-year-old specimen challenges the theory that animal body plans were laid out in the Cambrian explosion.
Human beings are descendants of these early tetrapods – at least those who made a new life on land.
Can a shared language promote peace? Some people think so.
While becoming a monk is an evolutionary dead end for the individual, celibacy reaps benefits for the group as a whole.
More than a century ago, Halifax suffered an accidental blast one-fifth the size of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
In a nod to its addictive qualities, it was first dubbed “Some More.”
Long before Christopher and Magellan, ancient explorers voyaged into the unknown and brought home extraordinary tales.
Using data collected from ancient civilizations across the world, researchers identified the most significant factors in human development. War came out on top.
More than 300 years ago, a Spanish ship laden with unspeakable treasure sank after a battle. Because of greed, the treasure remains on the sea floor.
Predatory dinosaurs with big skulls tend to have tiny arms. Researchers propose there might be a direct link between those traits.
When you're a genius, how do you make ends meet?
Long before tobacco arrived from the Americas, ancient civilizations in the Old World were getting high off hemp smoke and opium.
New research finds that dinosaurs were already adapted to living in cold climates before the end-Triassic mass extinction. But how?
Fossils of Australopithecus in a South African cave are one million years older than previously thought. This challenges the consensus that humans first evolved in East Africa.