The column of swirling dust was only about 70 meters across but it reached some 12 miles above the ground.
An archaeological dig of a cave in South Africa provides evidence of "burning events" 600,000 years older than other conclusive sites.
From the New York Public Library's extensive cigarette-card collection comes this little illustration of an early attempt at human flight.
Media sites are doubling down on the ways you can customize the news you read. Is that cause for concern?
ISS-dwelling astronaut Don Pettit recently tweeted this picture from above the Tasman Sea.
A new project called Wikidata aims to automate some aspects of the collaborative encyclopedia.
The National Archives has digitized and published online the 72-year-old records of more than 130 million Americans, but finding your family will require a bit of legwork.
When viewed from Earth (or Earth's orbit), the galaxy NGC 2683 is at such an angle that it has a saucer-like appearance.
Because of the strange distortions of copyright protection, there are twice as many newly published books available on Amazon from 1850 as there are from 1950
A series of satellite images of northern Saudi Arabia show an explosion in desert agriculture over the last two decades.
"To love is to return," says writer Robin Sloan. But what are the places we return to online? Help us build an album of sites to love.
A film of Steve Mahan driving from his house to a Taco Bell is a powerful example of just how transformative this technology will be for the blind.
The expedition had successfully reach the pole two months earlier, but none of team's five members survived the return.
For four decades, the engines that powered Apollo 11 to the moon have lain at the bottom of the Atlantic. But they'll soon rise again.
Users aren't stupid. They use whatever input method makes sense, whether that's Siri, a touchscreen, or something else.
... Or maybe just a really funny idea.
The rockets were visible as far south as Wilmington, North Carolina, and as far north as Buffalo, New York.
Two Quora replies were crowned with Shorty awards last night, and together they tell us a little something about what makes a winner.
Don't be a footy fellow and use this plummy twitter feed to brush up on your old-fashioned banter.
The Cygnus Loop, 1,500 light years from Earth, would appear in the night sky three times the size of a full moon if it were visible to the naked eye.