Comet in the sky, 1340. Wellcome Collection
Science fiction has been around for centuries.
Weather towers like this one in a park in Vienna were a popular way for the 19th-century public to track the influence of weather on their lives.
Climate science in the computer age is the pursuit of elite scientists. A historian of science sees an upside to the popular, participatory approach of studying changes to the climate from the 19th century.
Scientific pursuits need to be coupled with a humanist tradition — to highlight not just how psychedelics work, but why that matters.
Once associated with mind-control experiments and counter-cultural defiance, psychedelics now show great promise for mental health treatments and may prompt a re-evaluation of the scientific method.
Some of the ‘remarkable beetles’ Wallace collected in Borneo.
A. R. Wallace
An evolutionary biologist visits the remote jungle mountaintop where a little-known naturalist wrote his insightful paper about the mechanisms of evolution that spurred on a rivalrous Charles Darwin.
The blood moon myths are many and varied, but, at the end of the day, it's just an eclipse.
Empires massively affected the development of science.
Cahiers de Science et Vie No114
This episode of the In Depth Out Loud podcast outlines the importance of finding a way to remove the inequalities promoted by modern science.
From human 'gills' to reproducing rock, evidence hasn't always pointed scientists in the right direction.
The spectacular Wellington Caves are a tourist attraction - and a fossil site.
The 19th-century British anatomist Richard Owen downplayed the role of colonial contributors and largely ignored the importance of Aboriginal testimony and knowledge in describing the marsupial lion.
Anti-cholera inoculation in Calcutta in 1894.
A long read on how science's dark imperial past still shapes research today – and what to do about it.
Primes still have the power to surprise.
Prime numbers are the biggest and oldest data set in mathematics. Why have they captivated mathematicians for millennia?
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.
Yahya Arhab / EPA
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.