Newly-Declassified CIA Document Says Ben Franklin Was A Security Risk

Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents—but safeguarding state secrets was not among them. According to a recently released article by a CIA analyst, when Franklin was on a diplomatic mission in France, he allowed his offices to be penetrated by British spies during a crucial period in the American Revolution. » 10/01/14 11:10am 10/01/14 11:10am

The Glass Harmonica's Music is Like Being Stalked by Fairies

The Glass Harmonica was invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761 and has been making creepy music ever since. Take a listen! » 5/04/14 3:00pm 5/04/14 3:00pm

Here's the earliest known map of the Gulf Stream, created by Benjamin…

Benjamin Franklin's perspicacity never fails to amaze. In few places is his mental acuity more evident than his letters of correspondence, wherein Franklin frequently ruminated on topics scientific, technical and philosophical. What follows is an excerpt from one such letter, originally addressed to a scientific… » 12/28/12 8:20am 12/28/12 8:20am

The Voltron political cartoon Ben Franklin never made

The fabulous Olly Moss has taken Benjamin Franklin's classic "Join, or Die" political cartoon and added a little Voltron twist. If we could get it printed up on some flags, it would make a geeky addition to next week's US Independence Day celebrations. » 6/30/12 10:30am 6/30/12 10:30am

Why were 10 dead bodies found in Benjamin Franklin's basement?

In 1998, a group called the Friends of Benjamin Franklin House began renovations on Franklin's London residence, No. 36 Craven Street, and discovered a nasty surprise: 1,200 pieces of bone from 10 bodies, six of which were children. And the bodies were buried in the basement around the time Franklin was living in the… » 4/14/12 9:00am 4/14/12 9:00am

You can now access thousands of scientific articles (written by some of…

When it comes to old academic societies, there isn't an organization on Earth that can hold a candle to Britain's Royal Society. Founded all the way back in 1660, The Royal Society has been pumping out peer-reviewed scientific literature since 1665, when the first edition of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal… » 10/26/11 2:37pm 10/26/11 2:37pm

Tree DNA tests prove that Benjamin Franklin isn't ruining the Gulf Coast

Much of the southeastern US is struggling with Chinese tallow trees, an invasive species that is overrunning the Gulf Coast and wreaking havoc on the natural habitat. And, until now, people figured it was that big jerk Benjamin Franklin's fault. » 7/31/11 3:00pm 7/31/11 3:00pm

Hilariously awesome scientific paper finally reveals whether going to…

That, at least, was Benjamin Franklin's theory. (He also said we should be early to rise, because he was a jerk, I guess.) But when scientists put this old maxim to the test, did they find any truth to it? » 7/17/11 12:15pm 7/17/11 12:15pm

Who wants to see Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon fight mutated carrots?

Pop quiz time! An evil botanist from 1760 has time-traveled to the present and conspires to take over modernity with an army of mutant carrots. Who are you going to call? Benjamin "Poor Richard" Franklin and Napoleon Bonaparte, duh! » 6/06/11 8:30am 6/06/11 8:30am

Great Moments in Alternate History: The American Revolution

The Declaration of Independence, Washington crossing the Delaware, the Constitutional Convention: all great moments in America's history. But you know what would have made them better? Alchemical guns and airships. Let's look at some alternate stories of the American Revolution. » 4/04/10 2:00pm 4/04/10 2:00pm