An Australian fur seal pup.

Give These Adorable Seals More Privacy!

When viewing boats come too close, seals and their pups stampede into the water. Scientists say it exhausts the animals.

The Camouflage That Dazzled

During WWI, artist and British naval officer Norman Wilkinson came up with an idea so crazy it just may have worked: Dazzle Camouflage.

Fixing the Grassroots of the American Lawn

A citizen scientist bred low-mow, slow-grow grass that needs little water and fertilizer.
honest ed's signage

The Candid Appeal of the Advertising Show Card

A hand-painted show card evokes a certain nostalgia and humanity that machine-made signs can never arouse: It suggests honesty.
Painting: Dessert No. 4 by  Carducius Plantagene Ream, depicting cake, raspberries, and ice cream

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The First Celebrity Chef

Alexis Soyer frequently cooked for royalty and dignitaries, but also displayed a healthy social conscience.

Endangered Gorillas’ New Ally – Giant Snails

Giant snail farming may be the only hope to save an endangered gorilla species in Cameroon.

A Once and Future Digital Dark Age

At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Vint Cerf warned about an impending "digital dark age."

Oh, Christmas Tree!

The ubiquitous Christmas tree has a history, and it isn't biblical.
Guglielmo Marconi

Guglielmo Marconi and the Birth of Radio

Guglielmo Marconi successfully made the first transatlantic radio transmission on December 12, 1901.

Good News for California Blue Whales

Researchers writing in Marine Mammal Science report that California blue whale populations have rebounded from losses inflicted by whaling.