Inventions & Discoveries
The tools and technology that help us understand and change the world
He was behind the rise of the British Empire, a public-health epidemic, and the lost colony of Roanoke Island. Thomas Harriot has a lot to answer for.
As recent tragedies reveal, it’s harder to reach extreme ocean depths than the Moon. Meet the people who got there first—and barely lived to tell to the tale.
How balloon geek Auguste Piccard inspired Hollywood and became a worthy namesake for Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek fame.
Meet Arthur Eddington, the weirdo scientist who made Albert Einstein the genius we know today.
The downside of using genetic genealogy to fight crime.
How a feisty, suicidal Nobel laureate infuriated both Hitler and Stalin, and stalled cancer research for 50 years along the way.
The world’s first plastic made Hollywood possible—and killed thousands of people along the way.