How (and why) to make a diamond burn

If diamonds are just lumps of precisely-structured carbon, why don't they burn? Actually, they do. And proving that they do is one of the things that cost a famous scientist his life. » 7/03/13 7:40am 7/03/13 7:40am

The scientific feud that ended in an execution

There have been a few famous feuds in science history, but there's only been one that left a scientist headless. Unfortunately for all of history, in this case, the better scientist lost. That's politics for you. » 6/28/13 12:40pm 6/28/13 12:40pm

The guinea pig that proved we have an internal combustion engine

Technically, it was Antoine Lavoisier that proved we have an internal combustion engine, but let's give the guinea pig credit. It nearly froze in Lavoisier's special calorimeter to prove something new about biophysics. » 6/23/13 8:00am 6/23/13 8:00am