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17th century medical files are most extensive from that period
Hundreds of annotated books now digitized and online
Experts explore how scientific breakthroughs often follow disappointing or failed experiments
Stone age tools suggest that humans may have begun eating cereals much earlier than previously thought.
Scientists find evidence of cardiovascular disease in mummies more than 3500 years old
Infamous cats may have been responding to changes in their habitat
Russian bones solve centuries-old mystery
Forgotten coin stashes suggest Roman population dropped as the republic became an empire
A wrap-up of some of the recent stories on Science's evolution blog, Origins
Storage-room discovery sheds light on famed naturalist's spending habits
Seabed mineral suggests a much earlier start for photosynthesis
A disease carried by black rats spelled the end for two endemic species on Christmas Island
Photosynthesis may have emerged later than previously thought
The HMS Beagle is found buried in an Essex marsh
Researcher looks to Egypt for origins of Black Death
New study contends that DNA samples weren't from Russia's last tsar
A new study suggests the president's polio was misdiagnosed
Historians highlight the scientific contributions of Robert Hooke
Testing DNA from Columbus and his supposed brother and son should shed light on his past
The famous cloned sheep has been reincarnated as a museum exhibit
Exhuming a victim of the deadly scourge could yield the viral culprit
Stats suggest Iliad and Odyssey were composed by different poets
Long-secret letter suggests physicist tried to build Nazi nukes
Mathematician discovers "magic squares" by Benjamin Franklin
Dozens of neologisms might have been introduced in the magazine
Greenwich exhibition revives dramatic race for the South Pole
Tycoon honors astronomers, eyes more than the visible heavens
New findings cast doubt on "Columbian theory" of syphilis origins
Can anyone remember when "software" wasn't on the tongue of every schoolchild? But it had to start somewhere. And Fred R. Shapiro, a librarian and etymologist at Yale Law School,...
Ernest Shackleton had hoped to cross the Antarctic in his 1914 expedition, but his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in the ice and was eventually crushed. The crew fled the...
In Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th century story "The Franklin's Tale," the faithfully married Dorigen tells an adulterous young squire that she will surrender her favors, but only if he can guarantee...
Even as the flames licked his feet, the polymath Giordano Bruno refused to recant. Now, at least he's gotten an expression of remorse from the Catholic Church. On 17 February--the...
A Brazilian biophysicist who helped resolve contentious debates--both past and present--between science and religion died 16 February. Carlos Chagas Filho was a key negotiator in recent disputes about the authenticity...
The announcement may not electrify the world, but engineers say stringing up the world's power grid ranked as the most beneficial engineering achievement of the 20th century. Members of the...
Last week saw a clash of cultures within the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, publisher of ScienceNOW). At the 20 February meeting of the AAAS council, members...
Scientists debate the existence of a genetic predisposition for crime, while brainy women peddle their eggs: It's not hard to find recent examples of ethical questions raised by modern genetics....
If the Pleiades are bright in June, plant the potato crop soon; if they are faint and rise late, it's better to wait. Farmers in the Andes have followed this...
The future may be "made of the same stuff as the present," the French philosopher Simone Weil wrote in the 1940s, but time finds surprising ways to transform the familiar...
An unexpected bitter cold snap appears to have damned British explorer Robert Falcon Scott's turn-of-the-century South Pole expedition. Although historians have blamed everything from the loss of pack ponies to...