Somewhere between the early Buddhist times and today, worries about game addiction have given way to scientific understanding of the benefits of play, rather than its detriments.
The Southern Ocean, as artists have uncovered, is also a treasure trove of cultural narratives.
Thomas Cook may be history – but that history is about to be lost.
A former congressional staffer says withholding damning evidence from Congress and using civilians to carry out presidential or intelligence agency agendas links the Ukraine crisis to other scandals.
The first computer, named the ABC, was built at Iowa State University. But for a long time, few had heard of it.
As early as the 1860s the twin diseases of modernity – overwork and sleeplessness – became the focus of cultural anxieties.
A new genre of video games lets players explore virtual environments that recreate actual places and real people's lives and memories.
Today's beds are thought of as bastions of privacy. But not long ago, they were the perches from which kings ruled and places where travelers hunkered down with complete strangers.
The 'turf war' between doctors and pharmacists we see in current debates has a long history.
The word 'OK' has only been around for 180 years, but it's become the most spoken word on the planet.
The color of American money goes back to the British colonies.
The day and a half it takes to get from New York to Singapore and back offers plenty of time to ponder the economics of ultra-long-haul flights – and wonder why we'd want to make it any longer.
From mobile phones to artificial wombs: what a breathtakingly visionary set of predictions from a century ago can teach us about our attempts to forecast the future today.
Billionaire Robert F. Smith made a big splash when he told Morehouse grads he would pay off their student debt. Yet his generosity adheres to a long African American tradition.
The USA has a long colonial history – as does Denmark. The USA has even tried to buy Greenland before. But this time, Greenland isn't Denmark's to sell.
Looking back at Lviv's Soviet past, there are clues about how to preserve history for everyone – not just the affluent.
As well as an attack on the working classes, Peterloo was also an episode of violence against women.
New research suggests people from Germany, Russia, the UK and US all think their own country was the most important in World War II.
A recent article in The Atlantic called for a "new science of progress" - this is dangerous and ignores the academic study of the history of human development.
The 2020 US election could set a record for ugliness and division. Two previous elections provide important context for what that division can mean.