Mansa Musa, perhaps history's richest man, claims he ascended the throne of Mali after his predecessor sailed west and never came back. Could he have made it to the New World?
The amazing life of “Gudrid the Far-Traveled” was unjustly overshadowed by her in-laws, Erik the Red and Leif Erikson.
To be successful at bonsai cultivation, you must acquire the perseverance and unconditional kindness normally reserved for devout monks.
"Immodest Acts" tells the story of Benedetta Carlini, a lesbian nun who claimed to be a mystic visionary but failed to convince the leaders of her faith.
In the shadow of the Shard, the mosaics help paint a picture of Roman London.
Using the Book of Mormon as a sacred but ambiguous atlas, the Latter-day Saints have been looking for the lost city of Zarahemla for decades.
When Saint Ambrose of Milan was venerated, his life became public property, its meaning expanding with the unique interpretations of each new generation.
Immune booster or pure torture?
Can biomaterials help finally thrust perovskite solar cells to mainstream adoption?
Over 800 prisoners in Texas relate their experiences.
Researchers asked older adults about the strategies they use for combatting loneliness. Here’s what they said.
"I used to mountain climb… If I can't walk anymore, I'll crawl."
An elegant, 400-year-old means of navigating the stars takes flight.
Alas, much like parrots, they don’t know what they’re saying … it’s just that they can do it, which is still pretty remarkable.
Does a good deed "pay off" a bad deed? A lot of people view their actions this way, says Scotty Hendricks.
Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Writer Paul Theroux on tyrannical mothers, colonizing Mars, and an important difference between humans and cockroaches.
Former President Obama returned to public life today, indicating some topics he'll focus on during his post-presidency.
As mankind raises its eyes to Mars and asks, "How do we get there?", we might need to ask, "Should we go?". Carl Sagan said we may not be entitled to visit a potentially inhabited planet.
Mother Teresa will be canonized this Sunday, September 4th. What does it take to become a saint, and is the Vatican mistaken to not address Mother Teresa's flaws?
The Planetary Society has unveiled the successor of its first solar sail project, the LightSail 2. It will take flight sometime this year when SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket is ready.
Two of the most famously rousing speeches in history, though one is from a dramatic work, address many of the same topics: bravery, fear, camaraderie, and death.
In today's edition of #TuesdaysWithBill, 8-year-old Shya asks Bill Nye about the LightSail satellite, a solar sailing spacecraft launched by the Planetary Society and currently "sailing" around us in space.
The Defender is billed as a smart personal protection device. Not only will it photograph an assault, it sends that photo to the authorities.
It is unclear how extensively the radiation has been spread by other fish throughout the ocean’s ecosystem.
When the Vatican recently cleared both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II for sainthood—a hyper-holy two-fer—critics all along the political spectrum grumbled over the honoring of one man […]
As soon as we abandon the first intuitions we have, that we’re the ones in control of everything, then we can start sailing into the inner cosmos and discovering all sorts of new planets and life forms and things like that on the inside of our skulls.
Recently I had occasion to browse my collection of yellowed “second-wave” feminist paperbacks, from the late 1960s and early 1970s. I bought most of them at used book stores in […]