Spain’s strategy for rolling out the smallpox vaccine ran into some very 19th-century problems.
Mary Ward, a naturalist and astronomer, decided to go for a ride in her cousin’s homemade automobile.
From undercover heiresses to hormone-injected vegetables, the early days of the Office of Strategic Services were marked by colorful hires and wild schemes.
On Earth or on Mars, flooding can spell destruction for flourishing communities of microbes.
Before standardization, units of measurement were often manipulated by tyrants to cheat peasants and steal land.
Could a simple literary exercise make physicians more caring?
A new project untangles the handwritten texts in one of the world’s largest historical collections.
The efficiency gap is a highly praised tool for detecting partisan districting—but relying on it could be dangerous.
Trofim Lysenko’s spurious research prolonged famines that killed millions. So why is a fringe movement praising his legacy?
Irving Langmuir’s ill-fated attempts at seeding storms showed just how difficult it is to control the weather.
Tiny computers, microscopic art, bringing back the dodo—the future uses of the double helix
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How we will find enough water for a warming planet
What a Brazilian man's pathological generosity says about the biological roots of philanthropy