Whether through serendipity or by design, science and technology advance culture and make history. Read about these occurrences and their enduring consequences.
Alexander Graham Bell - Grandfather of the iPhone
On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell said to his assistant: “Mr. Watson – Come here – I want to see you.” These were the first words ever spoken into a telephone, and Watson heard him, clear as a ... well, bell.
Darwin and The Origin of Species
Charles Darwin was a lucky man. He was financially supported by a wealthy family and never had to support himself. He was able to focus on his research and eventually published his groundbreaking research in The Origin of Species on November 24, 1859.
Dolly - First Cloned Mammal
The ethics of cloning became controversial many years ago when Dolly the sheep was introduced to the world. As the worlds first cloned mammal from the cell of another mammal the world closed monitored Dolly´s life to answer many questions.
Einstein Publishes General Theory of Relativity
On March 20, 1916, Einstein said Newton was wrong: there is no such thing as gravity. Then why do apples fall to the ground? And what does the sound of black holes colliding in a galaxy far away have to do with it?
Scientists Trap Antimatter for the First Time
On November 17, 2010, for a few nanoseconds, scientists at CERN controlled antimatter. Why does this matter? Prepare for a quantum of physics.
The Discovery of Ganymede
During a time when disbelief in the ancient teachings of astronomy were punishable by death, Galileo Galilei dared to renounce the teachings of the Church and develop his own theories. His ideas furthered modern astronomy, beginning with his discovery of Ganymede on January 13, 1610.
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In 1974, a chimp named Nim was taught to use sign language as part of a linguistic study. Nim signed his first word on February 4. But why was the project problematic? What happened to Nim?
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