History

The etymological root of the word links nonrepresentational art and the history of scientific publications.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
Franklin, who was born 100 years ago, played a key role in the discovery of the structure of DNA. But her full story is much richer.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
Artifacts found in a Mexican cave are about 30,000 years old.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Movies, music and even candy wrappers helped people process what it meant to put the powers of gods in human hands.
Chris Gorski, Editor
The Manhattan Project resulted in reactions both new and unforeseen.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
The potentially world-destroying power of the atomic bomb moved many scientists to engage more directly with the public, an effort that continues to this day.
Peter Gwynne, Contributor
Isotopes produced in the original Manhattan Project reactors seeded decades of research and even a few Nobel Prizes.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
A selection of women and people of color who achieved remarkable things in science after working on the Manhattan Project.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Public art displayed this month reflects widespread calls for action.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
The ghost of an ancient disease could inform the fight against COVID-19.
Joel Shurkin, Contributor
The ghost of an ancient disease could inform the fight against COVID-19.
Joel Shurkin, Contributor
Fifty years ago, an explosion changed the flight of Apollo 13 into a saga of skill, fortitude, and resilience. A reporter who covered the mission recounts the details.
Peter Gwynne, Contributor