How Lord Byron's Scandals Led Ada Lovelace To Become A Mathematician

Ada Lovelace is now most famously known as the mother of computer science, but during her lifetime, she was also well known on account of her famous father: Lord Byron. Although Ada never met her father, his scandalous behavior had a profound effect on how she was raised — on a strict diet of mathematics. » 4/17/15 8:00am Friday 8:00am

Abraham Lincoln Autopsy Notes Reveal The Horror Of An Assassin's Gunshot

The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY just opened a new installation, "Autopsy for a Nation: The Death of Abraham Lincoln," marking the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination. The exhibit's key items include handwritten notes by the physicians who conducted the President's autopsy. » 4/16/15 2:40pm Thursday 2:40pm

Alan Turing's Hidden Manuscript Just Sold For $1 Million

Alan Turing, Engima-breaking mathematician and Benedict Cumberbatch lookalike, never wrote much during his life — manuscripts and diaries are hard to come by. The best remaining example was a 56-page notebook working on “the foundations of computer science”, which just sold at auction for $1,025,000. » 4/14/15 1:30am Tuesday 1:30am

Nearly 200 Years Ago, Awful Crimes Were Committed In This Lovely House

New Orleans visitors interested in macabre history are required to pass by the LaLaurie Mansion, located at 1140 Royal Street. Its genteel exterior masks its horrifying history, revealed 181 years ago today when a fateful fire broke out and the secrets within its walls were unleashed. » 4/10/15 8:00pm 4/10/15 8:00pm

Take a Look at a 1948 Scientist's Fish Drawings 

Donald Erdman was a scientific aide in the Division of Fishes, United States National Museum (later the National Museum of Natural History) from 1947 to 1950. In 1948, Erdman was part of a fisheries survey of the Persian Gulf and Red Sea under the Arabian American Oil Company. The Smithsonian has digitized his notes… » 4/03/15 12:30am 4/03/15 12:30am