Explore A to Z
Experts Investigate Dead Sea Scroll Forgeries
Not all Dead Sea Scroll fragments are what they claim to be.
From ashes to AI: How technology puts a new lens on ancient texts
Recent breakthroughs in scanning, image processing, and machine learning are helping researchers read historic documents once considered lost to time.
Scientists Use NASA Tech to Decode Damaged Scrolls
Watch how damaged Dead Sea Scrolls become legible once again.
What Birdsong Can Teach Us About Creativity
The way birds construct their songs could give us insight into the nature of creativity and the learning process.
The evolving, unexpected power of the emoji
We use emoji in texts and other messaging to set a tone, maintain relationships, and show solidarity. But are they also changing the way we think?
Aboriginal Elder Sings Ancient Creation Song
In the Wardaman Creation Story, all the plants and animals of the world were once people.
A calligrapher writes with light to keep tradition alive
Equipped with a light and a camera, Karim Jabbari hopes his work can serve as a link between conservative traditional calligraphy and our augmented reality.
A to Z: How Writing Changed the World
The creation of printing, the first information technology, drove empires and revolutions.
How Egyptian Hieroglyphs Influenced Modern Alphabets
Learn why Egyptian hieroglyphs are hiding in modern alphabets—and how to find them.
A to Z: The First Alphabet
The birth of writing and the first alphabet were among the world’s most vital inventions.
The Printing Press Revolutionized the Spread of Information
Watch how a printing press works.
How Medieval Parchment is Made
Learn about the preparation and use of parchment paper in medieval Europe.
Australia: Life Explodes
Fossils reveal how life's explosion in the ocean was recreated on dry land.