The code has been cracked on a 3,700-year-old clay tablet dug up in southern Iraq almost a century ago. It was Edgar J. Banks, the inspiration behind Indiana Jones, who discovered the ancient Babylonian tablet later named Plimpton 322. He eventually sold it to publisher and collector George Plimpton for $10, and it was later bequeathed by Plimpton to Columbia University in the 1930s.
Research by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has found that the supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park has a higher chance of erupting...
The spectacular total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 was witnessed by millions in the United States.
On August 21, 2017, people across the United States looked to the sky to witness a rare total solar eclipse. This was the first time in 99 years that the Moon had seemingly swallowed the Sun and was visible from coast to coast. Starting near Salem, Oregon and spanning to Charleston, South Carolina, there was an arched path of 100% totality, meaning that whomever was along it could see the entire thing event perfectly.
Yesterday, millions of people across the United States were treated to a rare solar spectacle: a total eclipse of the sun.
Myanmar is known for its abundance of amber fossils, everything from dinosaur tail feathers to a 100-million-year-old baby bird have...
If you look up toward certain types of towering trees—including eucalyptus, Sitka spruce, and Japanese larch—you may notice a unique phenomenon: the uppermost branches don't touch. Known as “crown shyness,” this natural occurrence results in rupture-like patterns in the forest canopy that seem to perfectly outline the trees' striking silhouettes. Since scientists first started studying the topic in the 1920s, crown shyness has been observed between trees of the same and different species in locations across the globe.
Missouri-based artist Melissa McCracken paints music.
A common childhood exercise involves imagining what country you’d encounter if you dug a straight line to the exact opposite...
Anyone who ever sat through a high school chemistry class knows how frustrating it can be to tackle the periodic table. Created to give an order to chemical elements according to their atomic number, chemical properties, and electron configurations, the scheme has been in use since the mid-1800s. And now, the table has gotten an update to demonstrate how these elements apply to our daily lives.
If you've been waiting for inspiration to strike before you take those scuba diving lessons, here's something for you.
The best data visualizations make you think and reevaluate what you might take for granted.