After the Big Bang the universe was dark for hundreds of million years, until the formation of the earliest stars and galaxies. And one of those galaxies was GN-z11, the oldest we have ever observed.
In 9th century CE France, a monk went undercover in a rival monastery for ten years to steal a holy relic.
The measure of a one-in-a-million death, the problem with Australian tablespoons, counting prayers, and why an ounce of gold weighs more than an ounce of feathers.
Electric cars of the 19th century, an unjustly electrocuted elephant, the electrified corpse of George Forster, and the river mouth with year-round lightning.
In the mid-20th century, several countries had plans to construct a flying submarine.
The brown tree snake can climb trees and power poles by looping itself into a lasso.
The Y2K problem threatened to bring down computers worldwide twenty-one years ago. In another seventeen years, the Year 2038 problem may do the same.
The French mercenary Bob Denard overthrew the government of the Comoros four times: in 1975, 1978, 1989, and 1995.
If you’re at a circus and you hear the band play “The Stars and Stripes Forever” – you better run.
Prehistoric surgery, prehistoric mathematics, the first undisputed dog, and a preserved prehistoric brain.
Battleships made of ice, the death of a glacier, electric viral space ice, and how ice helps aircraft punch holes in the clouds.
Orangutans, like all great apes, build nests. Sometimes these include pillows, blankets, and bunk beds.
The summit of Chimborazo, a volcano in Ecuador, is two kilometres farther from the Earth’s centre than Mount Everest.
“Gaudeamus igitur” is a solemn Latin song commonly sung at Western graduation ceremonies. Two hundred and fifty years ago, it was a bawdy student drinking song.
When Jean Shrimpton walked out onto Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia, in 1965, she didn’t know she was about to make fashion history.
When something hit Vesta, an enormous hunk of rock in the asteroid belt, it created one of the largest impact craters known, the highest mountain in the Solar System, and many of Earth’s meteorites.
The shortest war in history, medieval rocket launchers, art in the trenches of World War I, and the US Navy’s love of acronyms.