four different combinations of 60s inspired outfits

These days, being “fashion-forward” requires looking to the past. As thriving twenty-year olds and hip teens hit the streets with winged eyeliner, wide-brimmed hats, and bell-bottomed jeans, it’s clear that today’s trends are yesterday’s ideas.

Decades ago, before podcasts and smartphones, before cable TV and streaming services, entire families would gather around the big radio cabinet in the living room and listen.   

Elisha Otis demonstrates the elevator safety brake he invented.

There are those inventors who make modern living possible, and those who make modern living safe. Elisha Otis was of the latter ilk.

Ultimately proving himself a brilliant engineer, Otis had an unconventional start in life. Born in remote Halifax, Vt., in 1811, he started out as an unskilled laborer.

A ship with three masts out on the water, near a coast line.

Word of its potential discovery has resurrected an undeniably shameful episode from the American past, putting it front and center in the public consciousness. The Clotilda was the last-known U.S. slave ship to transport kidnapped Africans to U.S. shores.

photo of an erupting volcano

They are beautiful, terrifying, and deadly. Volcanoes pepper the Earth’s surface.

Within the last 10,000 years, scientists have found evidence of some 1,500 land volcanoes that appear to have been active at some point in time—600 of them having blown in the span of recorded history. The number of underwater examples is practically too many to count.

a marijuana leaf in front of various bottles and vials of extracts and oils

Jean Bennett of Silver Spring, Md., suffers from arthritis in her hands. Not only is the condition painful, it often causes one of her fingers to freeze in place, and when that happens, movement is nearly impossible.

“I can’t really move my trigger finger,” she says holding up her right hand. “Sometimes, it’s stiff like this for the whole day.”

A woman takes a selfie with a millennial

In 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that for the first time, the Baby Boom generation (75.4 million people born between 1946 and 1964) had been outnumbered.

This N.C. Wyeth illustration was the endpaper for a volume of Last of the Mohicans.

N.C. Wyeth is, next to Norman Rockwell, probably one of the best-known illustrators of the twentieth century. By name alone, people associate him with quintessentially American art—paintings depicting the wide-open Western frontier, peaceful small-town life, and memorable depictions of literary classics like Treasure Island

Damaged buildings along Tradd Street in Charleston, S.C., show the destructive power of an earthquake.

If you live near the mid-Atlantic coast, you may have noticed it. On Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 4:47 p.m., doors and windows rattled, tree branches shuddered, and floors vibrated as a 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook the region.