The ancient maps reveal both the world around them and the face of their creators.
When we play one of Mozart's or Beethoven's compositions, or when we hear one, we probably aren't hearing what they heard or what they thought in their heads as they composed.
The history of the wedding dress is shorter than the history of weddings, and even shorter still than the history of marriage.
According to an international team led by UCLA researchers, our emotions may be partially driven by an unlikely source: our gut bacteria.
Do we need two distinct conceptions of time, chronos (clock time) vs. kairos (real time), to understand Madeleine L'Engle's classic novel?
Tulsa, Oklahoma. 1921. A wave of racial violence destroys an affluent African-American community, seen as a threat to white-dominated American capitalism.
Short stacks and coffee warmups. Salisbury steak and sympathetic waitresses. The American diner has long held a special place in the nation’s consciousness, as a place to nurse a cup of coffee, soak in the fluorescent lights, and eat your heart out.
Despite Donald Trump's claim that he is a "handwriting analyst," it's not possible to read someone's mind through the curlicues of their writing.
The species was officially declared extinct in the 1980s, but unconfirmed sightings and rumors have persisted for decades. To put the matter to rest, a team of researchers is making one last attempt to find a living thylacine, 30 years after its official disappearance.
Though linoleum is hardly ubiquitous anymore, it was once a must-have furnishing and sparked an entire industry of imitators. Why did it fall from grace?
The pre-Google era saw one of the most momentous black contributions to the development of the internet: the invention of internet search itself, by Alan Emtage.
Buried amid the literature extolling the character-building value of deferred gratification, however, are a few nuggets that give us hope for the human spirit in the always-on, always-now internet age.
Percolators ruled American kitchens until the 1970s, when Mr. Coffee changed masculine cultural expectations.
To end poverty, public policy must provide much more than economic resources.
The Jewish deli is a New York City tradition that has spread far beyond the city's limits. It's a tradition worthy of its own history.
Just what is it about “untranslatable” words that fascinate us so much?
Bridgman may be less known, but her life was just as compelling. And, as Ernest Freeberg writes, one of the most fascinating and frustrating aspects of that life was her unconventional education at the hands of a nineteenth-century reformer.
John le Carré knows what he's talking about.
In a cylindrical subway car with plush angora seats and gas-lights above your hat, whooshing down a round tunnel via pressurized air beneath the great metropolis… Wait a minute, whose steampunk fantasy is this?
For as long as plants have existed, they have migrated across the earth’s surface