| Jul 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
In the early 1900s, Alexander Graham Bell intensively researched ways to lift humans heavenward on kite-like flying machines.
Now comes the decidedly earthbound postscript. The detailed archive that the telephone's inventor kept of his much later...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 3:24 PM
From the front steps of its large manor house, the Belmont estate in Elkridge looks the same as it has for more than two centuries, with rolling pastures and woodlands as far as the eye can see.
Inside, the house retains much of its character from when...
| Aug 2, 2012
| 2:35 PM
You never want to see a hole in your plane. Holes are not supposed to be in planes. And that's why investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration are looking into what knocked a whole in a United Airlines jet.
They think it was some flocking...
| Aug 16, 2012
| 3:19 PM
Dylan Guest's elementary school world was full of frustration and embarrassment. Everything about his special education classes was a struggle. He came home each day demoralized and asked his mother why people called him a "retard."
And then in fifth...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 9:15 AM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - This port city on the Mississippi River calls itself the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Its credentials? The Memphis Recording Service, forerunner of Sun Studio, in 1951 recorded "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, which some...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 2:16 PM
The lithographs in Joy M. Kiser's "America's Other Audubon" are works of great beauty and scientific accuracy. But behind them is a tragedy — the story of a hugely ambitious undertaking begun in heartbreak and completed in grief.
The art book...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 5:41 AM
Atlantis is ready for its close-up.
The orbiter that made the final flight of NASA's shuttle program now is in a new $100-million home created for it at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The 90,000-square foot attraction — called Space...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Whether painting for the faithful or family and friends, Ana Maria Villegas' art has been a constant source of motivation. Now she hopes her paintings will help inspire thousands of people like her.
The Coral Springs housewife has won the 2013 Friends...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 3:08 PM
This was not the year for nonsense at the Capitol. Nevertheless, this session included a bill calling for a day to honor "the first powered flight" by Gustave Whitehead.
The debate over whether the German immigrant was first to fly a powered aircraft is...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 12:51 PM
Library hounds, research heads and history buffs, Robert Darnton has been reading your diary.
Darnton, the university librarian at Harvard University, envisioned a digital library available free of charge to the public that would provide online access...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 5:53 PM
— The first time Jane Rice ventured down into her in-laws' borrow pit off Harris Creek Road she was a recent bride who had little inkling about the extraordinary environment she was about to enter.
Stepped terraces descended dozens of feet into...