A long read on how science's dark imperial past still shapes research today – and what to do about it.
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.
Don't believe these 10 common myths about the 1918 Spanish flu.
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.
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 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.
771,945 have been infected.
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.
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.
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 advanced a scientific – not supernatural – understanding of astronomical events such as eclipses. His satirical character 'Poor Richard' mocked those who bought into astrological predictions.
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.
Scientists first started disagreeing about whether the moon should be a planet in Galileo's day.
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.
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.