Greater Glory: Why Scott Let Amundsen Win the Race to the South Pole

In the race to the South Pole, explorer Robert F. Scott refused to sacrifice his ambitious science agenda By Edward J. Larson | Friday, May 27, 2011 | 2 Permanent Address: SIDE TRIP: One of Scott’s 32 expedition members sleds past a massive ice structure named Castle Berg, off the shore of Ross Island, Antarctica. Image: Corbis The history […]

Friday the 13th Superstitions Rooted in Bible and More

This year Friday the 13th superstitions get a break—luckily for triskaidekaphobes. Legendary traitor Judas (fourth from left) is said to have been the 13th guest at Jesus’ Last Supper. Painting by Leonardo da Vinci via Getty Images John Roach for National Geographic News Updated May 13, 2011 They date back to at least ancient Roman times, […]

History buffs gather as Gettysburg prepares for Civil War anniversary

Simon Mann June 25, 2011 – 12:14AM GETTYSBURG is not where you expect to find Adolf Hitler’s monogrammed, silver grooming set – brush, comb and hand-held mirror. Nor Eva Braun’s chemise. Nor, for that matter, a shrine to John F. Kennedy that includes a cane rocking chair, made to order for a commander-in-chief with a […]