January 17, 2012 By now, many New Year's resolvers are finding out how difficult it is to give up caffeine. History brims over with coffee-lovers who couldn't bring themselves to quit the bean — even when they faced decapitation.
November 28, 2011 Soybeans have fueled Asian civilizations for centuries, but the origins of the noble bean remains shrouded in the mists of history. Now a Korean archeologist says China may have to share bragging rights as the birthplace of soy.
June 7, 2011 Jessica Francis Kane studied the Bethnal Green tube station disaster, then spent years writing a novel centered around the day's horrific events. It's forced her to consider the line between historical and fiction.
April 1, 2011 So it's April 1. But it's more than April Fools' Day. It's also the anniversary of America's first policewoman — and no, we're not talking about Angie Dickinson. On April 1, 1908, Lola G. Baldwin was sworn in as a Female Detective in Portland, Ore.
November 30, 2010 When we learn about history, we tend to focus on the action-packed days. But what about those "off" days, where nothing of significance actually happened? According to a Cambridge-based scientist one April Sunday in 1954 was the most boring day ever.