Over the centuries London has had more than its fair share of bank robberies, diamond thefts and even train robberies. This month, police solved something a little more exotic: the great British taxidermy heist.
More than 70 years ago, a group of Jewish prisoners dug a tunnel using mostly their hands and spoons to escape their Nazi captors. A team of archaeologists has recently discovered the tunnel in Ponar forest outside of Vilnius, Lithuania. The discovery is the subject of a new documentary.
He called her "daughter" or "dearest Kraut." She called him "Papa." A letter from Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich goes on sale next month in New York, and it speaks to their intense, flirty relationship.
The conversation about events in Ferguson involves race, but maybe not in the way you think. While a new study showed that most white Americans don't have non-white friends, many people say it shouldn't be taken as an indicator of personal racism but rather large-scale issues that deserve the real attention.
Memory can be slippery, especially when there's incentive to forget, or misremember. In the Polish village of Jedwabne, residents long said Nazis were responsible for the massacre, one hot day in July 1941, of hundreds of Jews in the village. Then evidence emerged that the villagers of Jedwabne had killed their own neighbors.
It's Nobel Prize season. While scientists throughout the world will be awarded this prestigious prize, there's a good chance all of their research was written up in English. Michael Gordin, a professor of the history of science at Princeton, wrote a new book, "Scientific Babel" that explores the intersection of the history of language and science.
Hawaiian is often offered up as a language revitalization success story, a model for other endangered languages to follow. But language revitalization isn’t so simple. While activists are reviving the Hawaiian language, opening up pre-schools, teaching thousands of second language learners, there still is a small group of native speakers who have never lost the language, a group of native Hawaiians from the island of Niihau.
The Etruscans lived in central Italy more than 2500 years ago. They were "the teachers of our teachers," the Romans. Yet we still can't be sure where they came from. The key to unlocking the Etruscan enigma may lie in genetics and linguistics.