This House in Nazareth Offers Hints About Jesus' Childhood Town

Archaeologists have excavated a house in Nazareth, Jesus' home town, that dates back to the first century. Local Christians have long believed it was Jesus' childhood home, but scientists say that's impossible to know for sure. What the house reveals about life during Jesus' childhood, however, is fascinating. » 3/02/15 5:21pm Monday 5:21pm

The Father Of The Internet Has A Plan To Future-Proof Computers

Back in the 1970s, Vint Cerf was one of the engineers working on ARPANet, the early military predecessor to the internet, and consequently he's often referred to as one of the founders of the internet. These days, the decidedly father-figure-esque Cerf still cares about the network he helped create — specifically,… » 2/19/15 11:00pm 2/19/15 11:00pm

The Magnificent Evolution of Polar Icebreakers

Modern icebreakers are the most marvelous of civilian ships. They are huge, they are strong, they are powerful, and their history is amazing. Without them, there would be no safe waterways for other ships in the icy waters around the poles of the Earth. Here is a spectacular look into their evolution, from steamers… » 2/18/15 8:00pm 2/18/15 8:00pm

The Origin of Joy Division's Most Famous Album Cover, Finally Revealed

The cover of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures is famously graced with the radio pulses of a dying star. Its origins, however, have always been unclear. But now, Scientific American's Jen Christiansen has followed the rabbit hole to the very end—to an obscure 1970 PhD astronomy thesis and the guy who wrote it. » 2/18/15 5:50pm 2/18/15 5:50pm

How Photos Were Made Through History, From Daguerreotypes to Digital 

Making a photograph today is a matter of pressing a button and letting a bunch of electronics do their thing. Before that we had film, and before film we had even more cumbersome processes. Did you know that making photographs once involved materials like egg-whites, asphalt, and platinum? Watch these videos to hear… » 2/17/15 11:07am 2/17/15 11:07am

The Computer Simulation That Almost Started World War III

Remember the 1983 movie WarGames? The film is about a computer "game" with the potential to start thermonuclear war. But strangely this scenario is more truth than fiction. Because in 1979 programmers at NORAD almost started World War III when they accidentally ran a computer simulation of a Soviet attack. » 2/16/15 6:20pm 2/16/15 6:20pm

All the Tech We've Used to Intercept Every Kind Of Communication

Spy cameras are probably the most axiomatic gadgets when we talk about intelligence-gathering techniques. But intercepting and decoding messages is just as important as taking pictures. Here's a look at all the devices spies have used to tap into voice, mail, phone, radio, morse, electronic messages, and other signals. » 2/13/15 3:00pm 2/13/15 3:00pm

How "Clean" Was Sold to America with Fake Science

The average American's daily hygiene ritual would seem unusual—nay, obsessive—to our forebears a hundred years ago. From mouthwash to deodorant, most of our hygiene products were invented in the past century. To sell them, the advertising industry had to create pseudoscientific maladies like "bad breath" and "body… » 2/12/15 12:22pm 2/12/15 12:22pm