The Middle East, once a region of great religious diversity, has seen a mass emigration of minorities in recent decades. It's now one of the most religiously monolithic regions in the world. One Middle East scholar says the trend is likely to continue as tensions there continue to grow.
During the Cold War, all things Western were either forbidden or held in deep suspicion among officials east of the iron curtain. Yet, somehow, the culture of skateboarding that cropped up in California made it into East Berlin, where it thrived. A new documentary looks at that evolution.
America's nuclear heritage has few sites open to the public. But since the Cold War ended, several sites have fallen out of active use. After narrowly avoiding being torns down, there's a movement to open them to the public as National Parks.
While they're not exactly the originals, a pair of European men has set out to recreate the 24 violins in the orchestra that Louis XIV danced to in the late 17th and early 18th century. Unlike modern violins, they have a wide variety of sounds and styles.
In the immediate aftermath of World War II, the 1948 Olympic Games in London occurred at a time of widespread austerity. Countries across the world were just beginning to recover from the war and, like today, trying to figure out how to strengthen their economies.
From croquet to speedboating, from tandem bicycling to painting, yes painting, the Olympic sports you're familiar with haven't always been part of the program. And some you may never have guessed once handed out gold medals.
An expedition that aimed to find signs that Amelia Earhart's plane crashed off Gardner Island came back empty-handed. But the researchers still believe in their theory.
Sally Ride changed the world for American women, becoming the first woman to go into space. She endured probing and embarrassing questions about what it would be like to be a woman in space. She died Monday at her home in San Diego.
Mongolia is a traditional country that's rapidly modernizing. But there's one element of its history that's not going away, and that's its traditional games. The Naadam have been held for generations and are stronger than ever.
A recent DNA study questions whether North America was populated in a single wave of migrants traveling across a land bridge between Siberia and Alaska. Scientists now say Native Americans arrived here in at least three waves.