Cars in a flood.

Cities and towns across the South are still cleaning up from the devastating impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Residents are working hard to rebuild their homes and their communities. Their vehicles, however, will have to be replaced, not rebuilt.

Seeds at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

Before the start of World War II, the Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry in Leningrad, Russia (now called St. Petersburg), was the world’s largest seed bank. It held over 250,000 samples of seeds, roots, and berries. 

A "glampsite" in Africa.

Camping can be great fun—a chance to get away and enjoy the great outdoors. It can also be a lot of work. And while some people relish the experience of living in a tent or a rustic cabin, others prefer creature comforts rather than actual creatures in their vacation experience. 

Detective Joseph Petrosino (far right) leads a Black Hand suspect to court.

Writer Stephan Talty first encountered the name Joseph Petrosino in a book about the Mafia. Although covered in just a handful of terse sentences, this little-known character in U.S. law enforcement history intrigued him.

Statue of Gustav Holst.

When listeners hear the music of Gustav Holst, there is no mistaking it. To call it distinctive is an understatement.

The more expressive words that come to mind include grand, explosive, adventurous, even other-worldly. And as it turns out, Holst grew up in a world of music.

A fleece jacket with microfibers.

One of the biggest fashion trends of the past decade is the “athleisure” movement. High-tech performance fabrics originally created for athletes and outdoor adventurers are now the garments of choice for just about everyone. 

Photo montage of Charlton Heston on movie sets and with family.

Charlton Heston is one of history’s most recognizable Hollywood figures. His starring roles in such films as The Ten Commandments (1956), Ben-Hur (1959), and Planet of the Apes (1968) made him a household name and face. 

Carton of A2 milk.

Buying a carton of milk used to be a fairly easy task. Not anymore. The choices are seemingly endless: whole milk, reduced fat, fat free, lactose free, soy, almond, goat’s milk…the list goes on. For the most part, the choices are fairly self-explanatory. 

However, a recent addition to the dairy case may have you wondering—what in the world is A2 milk?

Photo of the words "Made in USA" stamped into a concrete surface.

Throughout the twentieth century, the United States was perhaps the single most self-reliant country on the globe. 

From the 1930s to the 1960s, the majority of American-used products came from American-based companies that employed American workers. There were Pennsylvania steel, Texas and Ohio oil, and automobiles from Michigan.