A young woman stands in the glow of a multicolored Juke box in the late 1960's.

Juke in the Box

The jukebox turned listening to music into a performative act. With a single coin, listeners could share their musical taste with everyone in the place.
A bag of freshly picked potatoes in the field.

Potato Power!

How the potato changed the course of world history… twice.
A trio of woolly mammoths trudges over snow covered hills. Behind them, mountains with snow covered peaks rise above dark green forests of fir trees. 3D Rendering

Did Inbreeding Cause the Woolly Mammoth’s Extinction?

Research suggests it was more sudden than that.
New Zealand, North Island, Te Urewera National Park, man, hiker gazing at trees along hiking trail, wilderness, native rainforest, dramatic landscape,

Legal Personhood: Extending Rights to Nature?

The idea of awarding legal personhood to nature has received renewed attention in the contemporary environmental justice movement, but much contention remains.
A Pattern of Various Shaped Water Drops on A teflon Frying Pan

The Stickiness of Teflon

From excitement about its potential to revelations of its possible toxicity, Teflon has taken a wild ride through American science, manufacturing, and marketing.
Bell Telephone, 1922

A Prehistory of Zoom

Concerns about privacy and pressures regarding the physical appearance of women and their homes contributed to the failure of AT&T’s 1960s Picturephone.
DSM-5

What’s a Mental Health Diagnosis For?

Following the publication of the DSM-5, mental health professionals debated the expansion of “mental illness” to include normal parts of the human condition.
Cyrano de Bergerac

The Seventeenth-Century Space Race (for the Soul)

The astronomical discoveries of the 1600s—such as Saturn’s rings—prompted new questions about the structure of the cosmos and humans’ place in it.
Christopher Strachey of the National Research Development Corporation demonstrates the memory drum of the Ferranti Mark 1, (also known as the Manchester Electronic Computer), which has 2,000 leads and functions in a similar way to the human brain, Moston, Manchester, February 1955.

The Love Letter Generator That Foretold ChatGPT

Alan Turing and Christopher Strachey created a ground-breaking computer program that allowed them to express affection vicariously when so doing publicly, as gay men, was criminal.
Eoraptor lunensis lived roughly 230 million years ago, at a time when dinosaurs were small and rare.

Growing Quickly Helped the Earliest Dinosaurs

Rapid growth also helped other ancient reptiles flourish in the aftermath of mass extinction.