Featured in Origins
These volunteers are filling in missing pieces of the world map, and helping humanity at the same time
The Wikimedia of cartography pulls data from satellites to calculate snow depths for skiers, assist emergency responders, and so much more.
Five tools you absolutely need to start grilling
You don’t need to spend thousands on an outdoor kitchen to get great barbecue.
Animals have mysterious ways of finding their way back home
Fish, insects, and birds navigate treacherous routes with superpower senses humans can only dream of.
Electric vehicles have come a long way since the 1890s
Tesla is not the end-all for these stylish and efficient cars.
No one knows what a perfect night’s sleep actually looks like
The less you worry about your rest, the better it will be: That’s Jamie Zeitzer’s advice.
This scientist studies alchemy to turn historical handicrafts into modern innovations
Some of the best science lies in the designs of really old stuff.
Your home build projects are only as good as the lumber you choose
Exotic woods like black cherry and snakewood, ranked by their hardiness.
This timeline shows just how insignificant humans are
If history’s an ocean, humanity is a raindrop.
This staircase goes on forever. Or does it?
We dissected the brain science behind this classic “impossible object."
Tomatoes, tempura, and other foods whose origins will surprise you
Some ingredients have traveled far to become part of a national cuisine.