How ancient (and not so ancient) cultures thought about water purity and contamination.
A harrowing eye surgery may have given the impressionist painter the ability to see UV light.
A reclusive expert of 19th-century photography laid the foundation for green chemistry solutions emerging today.
With their creeping, bloodsucking ways, bedbugs continue to mock human superiority.
The groundbreaking ecologist showed that the biological diversity within a stream can be used to diagnose its health.
The tricks and tools book sleuths use to date the undated.
Could a Soviet-era therapy offer a new defense against antibiotic-resistant superbugs?
How an obsession with crustaceans guided the naturalist toward his most consequential insights.
Eunice Foote and Guy Callendar showed the warming effects of CO2 in the atmosphere.
The enduring appeal of tie-dye.
A scientist pitted hard work and ingenuity against the constraints she faced as a Jewish woman.
Forensic science can be a powerful crime-fighting tool, but misdeeds, dubious methodologies, and bogus claims threaten its reputation—and the reputation of science as a whole.
Reconsidering the fate of an overlooked polio fighter.
A scientific dispute takes a violent, absurd turn.
What drove a blind biochemist to experiment with LSD?
Though often celebrated, the adventurous First Lady never received full credit for her scientific accomplishments.
Otto Hahn and Lise Meitner navigated a life of science through war and peace.
During the War of 1870, astronomer Jules Janssen risked his life for scientific prestige and French patriotism.