From a certain perspective, we're already on the road to practicing a 'progressive eugenics' not a million miles away from what was imagined historically.
Influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital near Fort Riley, Kansas in 1918.
AP Photo/National Museum of Health
Don't believe these 10 common myths about the 1918 Spanish flu.
The inventor at rest, with a Tesla coil (thanks to a double exposure).
Dickenson V. Alley, Wellcome Collection
Scientist Nikola Tesla died 75 years ago, after a rags-to-riches to rags life. The eccentric inventor had an amazing intellect and set the stage for many modern technologies.
The old-style speculum – soon to be replaced.
Women, rejoice. The speculum is getting a friendly makeover.
We’ve only travelled into space in the last century, but humanity’s desire to reach the moon is far from recent.
The Medical Journal of the Dutch Indies (
Geneeskundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch-Indië)
The journal initially only published articles by European physicians. But in the 20th century a number of Indonesians, who became founders of respected medical institutions, published there too.
An obscure technology from the past has the potential to change the world's future.
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771,945 have been infected.
Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
High school students can blame ancient India for quadratic equations and calculus.
Turning zero from a punctuation mark into a number paved the way for everything from algebra to algorithms.
Have telescopes, will travel: English astronomers await an 1871 eclipse in India.
The Illustrated London News, 1872
For centuries, scientists have known when and where eclipses will be visible. They pack their bags, head for the line of totality and hope for the best – which doesn't always happen.
Edward Teshmaker Busk.
On the trail of the men of Britain's Royal Aircraft Factory, who gave their lives to help create the world's first air force.
Franklin’s lifelong quest was spreading scientific knowledge to regular people.
Franklin advanced a scientific – not supernatural – understanding of astronomical events such as eclipses. His satirical character 'Poor Richard' mocked those who bought into astrological predictions.
‘Dandy philosopher’, Sir Humphry Davy.
The likes of Charles Darwin and Humphry Davy weren't always seen as the powerful, authoritative heroes they're portrayed as today.
The case for neoclassicism in science.
Will the moon move from servant to equal?
Gregory H. Revera/wikipedia
Scientists first started disagreeing about whether the moon should be a planet in Galileo's day.
In Soviet Russia, the science tests you.
When politics meddles with science, it can lead to tragedy, as was the case with Stalin's favourite agricultural biologist Trofim Lysenko and his rival Nikolai Vavilov.
Galileo demonstrates a telescope to the doge of Venice.
People have always known science would advance faster with various incentives and rewards. As modern experimental science took off, these took the form of gifts and favors to and from wealthy elites.
Isaac Newton’s portrait. What can students learn from his life?
Research shows that students feel motivated when they learn more about the struggles and failures of the world's greatest scientists.
Many of us feel that technology threatens our relationships and 'usual' modes of human interaction. But so did the Victorians.