History-making breakthroughs don’t just happen in the lab. From finding family in the most unexpected of places to uncovering messages hidden in 16th-century Incan knots, these 10 stories embrace the thrill—and momentum—of discovery. So dive in — who knows what you might find?
I Was Writing About Colonial America’s First Enslaved Africans. I Was Stunned to Find My Ancestors, Too.
The search for one woman’s family led a reporter to find her own roots using oral history, archives and DNA tests. It also led to stunning results.
Joy and her super smelling abilities have opened up a whole new realm of research.
Neither animal, plant, fungus nor familiar protozoan, a strange microbe that sits in its own “supra-kingdom” of life foretells incredible biodiversity yet to be discovered by new sequencing technologies.
Discovering a lottery loophole made Jerry and Marge Selbee millionaires, sparked an investigation by a Boston Globe Spotlight reporter, unleashed a statewide political scandal and exposed more than a few hypocrisies at the heart of America’s favorite form of legalized gambling.
First found only on the sun, scientists doubted the mysterious element even existed for more than a decade.
Manny Medrano cut loose on spring break by analyzing a set of khipus.
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