The Distillations Blog is the place for regular updates from the intersections of science, culture, and history.
Sometimes archivists, as Andrew Mangravite found, get more than they bargain for.
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has been going on for decades, but so far no one has found anything. As the Italian physicist Enrico Fermi once asked, where is everybody?
Who’s responsible for regulating beauty products that lead to less-than-beautiful results?
Artificially intelligent programs are playing board games better than humans ever could. Is it possible to design a board game that can stump even the smartest computer?