This artist’s concept shows an over-the-shoulder view of Cassini making one of its "Grand Finale" dives over Saturn.

In the early-morning hours of October 15, 1997, a brilliant streak blazed across the sky above Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Station. Aboard the Titan IVB/Centaur rocket was a historic payload: NASA’s Cassini orbiter and the Huygens atmospheric entry probe.

Olive oil being poured into a glass bowl.

Olive oil is good for you. Study after study has proven that consuming this elixir of the gods has some serious health benefits. It is said to stave off cancer, lower your risk of heart disease, and might even keep Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases at bay. 

Harvey Dunn's painting of American prairie life.

When it comes to illustrators, Harvey Dunn was in a class of his own. He was not only a gifted artist capable of creating historically realistic compositions but also a consummate educator who inspired generations of future artistic luminaries.

Image of several hands being raised to buy a house.

The spring and summer months have always been the strongest periods for buyers and sellers in the American real estate market, but the 2017 season looks as though it will be especially good. Since the housing crash that brought home sales to a near screeching halt in 2008, the market has seen a series of ups and downs that, collectively, amounted to a slow and modest recovery.

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia

When Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in January of 2016, the nation suffered a loss. His discerning mind and forceful opinions had shaped the Court for over 30 years. 

His death left a vacancy on the bench, and filling that seat turned into a long, drawn-out conflict as politicians wrestled for control over who would appoint the next justice. 

Disco ball.

It’s been 40 years since John Travolta donned his white suit and boogied across that illuminated dance floor in Saturday Night Fever. Released in 1977, the film brought disco, a cultural phenomenon born in urban dance clubs known as discotheques, into the mainstream. By 1978, there were 10,000 discotheques in the U.S.

As a youngster, Fibonacci traveled with his father to African trading posts, where he met foreign merchants who introduced him to Hindu-Arabic numerals.

Today, few people know his name; however, his contribution to modern civilization is evident in virtually every aspect of daily life. Next to the wheel, it is quite possibly the most important instance of foresight and innovation in human history.

Kathrine Switzer poses with a replica of her first Boston Marathon bib, number 261.

The starting line of the seventy-first Boston Marathon was a sea of gray. The weather that day was brutally cold and snowy, so many competitors had decided to run the race in their warm-up gear. In 1967 “warm-up gear” meant baggy gray sweat suits. 

A platoon in Vietnam.

Consider the world’s earliest literature. Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad. Virgil’s The Aeneid. Beowulf and the legend of King Arthur.

All of these tales, mainstays of the Western cannon, are also war stories. As a genre, the war novel is one of the most enduring literary forms. For every warrior, there is a war story. Here are some of the best.