For the first time, human beings harnessed the power of atomic fission.
By figuring out fission, physicists were able to split uranium atoms and release massive amounts of energy. This Manhattan Project work paved the way both for atomic bombs and nuclear power reactors.
A drawing from the original edition of Lydia Maria Child’s ‘Flowers for Children,’ which includes her famous Thanksgiving poem.
Library of Congress
In the 19th century, puddings were as popular and widespread as pasta dishes are today.
The holy family.
The Alabama state auditor defended Roy Moore, citing Mary and Joseph. A scholar goes back to early Christian texts texts to explain lesser-known beliefs about the relationship.
Irrigated fields, like these in Nigeria, increase the risk of workers getting malaria.
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Health investments raise worker productivity, but firms may not observe changes in worker effort. Technology that measures physical activity demonstrates these potential gains.
It’s good for scientists to work in glass laboratories.
Science isn't cold, hard facts uncovered by emotionless robots. Acknowledging how and where values play a role promotes a more realistic view and can advance science's reputation for reliability.
Refugee women from Darfur, Sudan return to their camp in eastern Chad with wood for their households in 2011.
European Commission DG ECHO
With better access to energy, women in developing nations could spend more time working or in school. But Energy Secretary Rick Perry's claim that fossil fuels improve women's lives misses the mark.
The Girard, Kansas Carnegie library.
National Park Service
One reason why the steel magnate spent so much of his fortune building libraries across the nation and abroad is that he saw handing large fortunes to the next generation as a waste of money.
Advertising in Paris’ Château d'Eau subway station for products designed “for black and mixed skin,” April 24, 2018.
Despite their dangers, skin-bleaching products are grow in popularity in Africa, Asia and even Europe. France's colonial history holds one of the keys to better understanding this trend.
Planning a communication strategy isn’t unethical.
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Scientists who engage with the public may have goals about influencing policy or behavior. But they also need to think about the short-term objectives that will help get them there.
It’s very hard to cut extremists off from the internet.
Efforts to kick extremists off the internet can't succeed and might even have the unintended side effect of bolstering support for radical groups.
It's estimated that 20 percent of first year students are put on academic probation. That's not a small number. Universities are beginning to tackle the problem head on.
Sand for use in hydraulic fracturing operations at a processing plant in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin in 2011.
AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)
Overuse of sand for construction and industry is harming the environment and fueling violence around the world. Scientists explain why we need international rules to regulate sand mining and use.
Libraries are a good place for kids to hole up during emergencies.
With a little advance planning and creativity, librarians can help keep kids and teens busy and safe during emergencies.
Trying to sort truth about food from fiction can be overwhelming.
When the United States was settled, nearly everyone was a farmer. Today only 2 percent of Americans live on farms, and many of us are illiterate about where food comes from or what kinds are healthy.
People gather around a truck to get food on Detroit’s east side in July 1967. The food was brought to the riot-stricken area by the Crisis Council, one of the many organizations aiding residents.
In the film 'Detroit,' the voices of women are largely absent.
NASA’s projection of the August 21 solar eclipse.
An astronomer explains how and why – and when – eclipses happen, what we can learn from them, and what they would look like if you were standing on the moon.
Gebhard Fugel, ‘An den Wassern Babylons.’
Gebhard Fugel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Psalm 137 – best known for its opening line, 'By the Rivers of Babylon' – is a 2,500-year-old Hebrew psalm that deals with the Jewish exile -remembered each year on Tisha B'av.
Zambia has become increasingly ruled by fear under President Edgar Lungu.
Zambia has gone from a country where people engaged freely in open political debate to one where most people now look over their shoulders to see who’s listening.
In India, a light complexion is associated with power, status and beauty, fueling an innovative and growing market of skin-bleaching products.
Indian girls grow up in an environment where they are constantly reminded that fair is beautiful.
Will the robots come to control us?
He spends his days developing artificial intelligence systems. What about AI keeps him up at night?