In Maya culture, rulers used stingray spines in bloodletting rituals. Researchers have ideas about why.
Using aluminum as a case study, a geographer shows how wartime "commodity chains" can devastate the Earth.
The fight against locust swarms allowed the Soviet Union to consolidate power over neighboring regions.
As heat waves induced by climate change roil the Arctic Circle, Siberians are articulating a distinct identity.
The first trial to use forensic toxicology electrified France in 1840 with the tale of a bad marriage and poisoned innards.
As the crowned heads of Europe shuddered at the unrest in the streets, members of the Latter-Day Saints movement cheered.
By the 19th century, tea was the British national beverage, and "tea histories" were a form of imperial propaganda.
In states transitioning from authoritarianism to democracy, resistance to police abuses can make or break the larger democratic project, explains one social scientist.
Widespread market failure and unemployment triggered by the coronavirus pandemic have set off a crisis of domestic migration in India.
Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov's hypothesis on the evolution of rye is now accepted. But in the 1930s, his research got him arrested.