| May 30, 2013
Blackbeard may get all the attention. Black Bart was even more feared. But for my money, the most important pirate to cast a shadow across Hampton Roads was an almost completely unknown Englishman named William Dampier.
Exactly what he was doing in...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 2:15 PM
The digital era has been good for old books, an expert in rare books said earlier this week.
Matthew Haley, head of rare books and manuscripts at the Bonhams auction house in London, said that news of rare books moves faster and wider than ever before...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 7:08 AM
A massive earthquake rattles a town, triggering fiery eruptions in nearby volcanoes.
It sounds like the plot of a disaster movie, but it has actually happened: Journeying in Chile when an 8.5 magnitude temblor struck in 1835, Charles Darwin reported...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 12:28 PM
LONDON -- The Bank of England swallowed its pride and overcame its perceived prejudice Wednesday by designating Jane Austen as the new face of the 10-pound note, bowing to public outrage over the possibility that only male historical figures would be...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 2:25 PM
Responding to complaints that famous women were underrepresented on British currency, the Bank of England this week announced that novelist Jane Austen will replace naturalist Charles Darwin on the 10-pound note beginning in 2017. Inevitably, the move has...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 6:45 PM
Summer might be more than half over, but there's still plenty of time to dig into some good "beach reads," whether you're sitting on the sands at Buckroe or lounging on your back porch. Here are a few that made their way to my desk in the past few months....
| Jan 8, 2014
| 2:24 PM
Denise Gillman did not like science as a child.
"Science and math were a mystery to me," she says. "I couldn't connect to it."
But today Gillman routinely deals with science — even though she's a college professor in the theater department....
| Nov 14, 2013
| 11:26 AM
When it comes to evolutionary debates, this one is a major dogfight.
Since the time of Charles Darwin, scientists have argued over the origin of domesticated dogs, speculating wildly about how, when and where a toothy, flesh-eating beast was first...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Thursday was a true dog day afternoon, as scientists announced they had — perhaps — finally solved the riddle of the origin of domesticated dogs.
As my colleague Monte Morin reported: “Dogs evolved from a now extinct species of...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 3:50 PM
As winter break approaches, giving students a needed rest after a pressure-filled fall, I'll bet that a lot of kids are hoping Santa stuffs some chill pills into their parents' Christmas stockings.
Whether Mom and Dad would be willing to take the...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 3:45 PM
Start with a sex-mad baroness and her frisky ménage à trois. Add in a stern German philosopher who fancied himself the next Friedrich Nietzsche, his mistress and a married couple who wanted a wholesome Swiss Family Robinson experience for their son. Throw...