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Autocrats have deployed automatons as weapons since antiquity, not just in myth but in reality. 

As technology changes, so do ideas about the borders of the self and the nature of privacy. 

The frontispiece to Thomas Sprat’s History of the Royal Society, 1667. This book is devoted to a renowned image of 17th-century science, namely the...

Child genius, engineer, inventor and physicist, Nikola Tesla died on 7 January 1943.

Everyone has heard of the Rosetta Stone. Not so familiar, but equally compelling, is a purely Greek artefact of the same period found in a first-...

The idea that the ancients believed in Antipodean lands to balance  the globe is a modern invention – and wrong. 

The 19th and 20th centuries saw a revolution in Chinese forensic science, when traditional techniques were replaced by new methods from the West. Today, the world confronts another moment of transformation in forensic science.

For most of history, different peoples, cultures and religious groups have lived according to their own calendars. Then, in the 11th century, a Persian scholar attempted to create a single, universal timeline for all humanity. 

The Netherlands of the 17th century was in every aspect a most remarkable country: having successfully shaken off Spanish rule in the name of freedom...

The news pioneer was born on July 21st, 1816.