History

A new study looked beneath blacked-out portions of letters to see if a relationship with a Swedish count was more than a friendship.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
Researchers compare tree rings from an instrument's body to other wood to estimate the instrument's age.
Will Sullivan, Staff Writer
Torches cast a brilliant glow that was good for exploring, while lamps were better for lighting one small area.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
The shock of the blast created the right conditions for the elusive structures.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Scientists link the start of movements in the Earth's crust to increasing amounts of aluminum in crystals about 3.6 billion years ago.
James Gaines, Contributor
Six decades ago, the Soviets launched a cosmonaut into orbit, shaking up the Cold War in ways that still reverberate.
Peter Gwynne, Contributor
Greek mythology says Icarus fell because he flew too close to the sun. What does science say?
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
A new paper suggests whales learned to escape the grasp of hunters in just a few years.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
Modern tech helps researchers read unopened letters from more than 300 years ago.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Inside Science offers thanks and recognition for scientific accomplishments during a challenging year.
Chris Gorski, Editor
Analysis of dental plaque more than 3,000 years old reveals traces of proteins from bananas, soybeans and turmeric.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Celebrating the Indigenous people of the Americas who revolutionized what the world eats.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer