An Interview With the Teacher-Turned-Developer Behind 'Oregon Trail'

Oregon Trail, the computer simulation that sends students on a sometimes perilous journey west in the 19th century and that made its way into classrooms across the country in the 1980s and 1990s (and beyond), was originally created by three student teachers — two who led math classrooms and one who led a history class. »2/24/14 10:15am2/24/14 10:15am


The Bitter Feud That Gave Us the Brontosaurus

Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh were not nice men. For the most part, their not-niceness was taken out on each other. Occasionally, though, it was taken out on the innocent science of paleontology. If their feud hadn't built paleontology into what it is today, they might not even be remembered as… »1/07/14 2:15pm1/07/14 2:15pm

Captain America: The First Interventionist

Captain America introduced himself to Americans by punching Adolf Hitler in the face on the cover of Captain America Comics #1. While this is something the vast majority of people would applaud in this day and age, Timely Comics, the predecessor to Marvel Comics, debuted Captain America in early 1941, when the U.S.… »1/02/14 8:45am1/02/14 8:45am

Where Jim, Jack, Johnnie, and Jose Got Their Names

We all have our special friends, those incorrigible scamps that show up every now and again to, without apparent motive or endgame, to spend some time with us. Sometimes they just want to spend a lazy day with us. Sometimes they want to get us into trouble with the law. Sometimes they want nothing more than to punish… »12/16/13 3:14pm12/16/13 3:14pm

Why the October Revolution Was Actually the November Revolution

It’s October 1917 and Vladimir Lenin’s Bolshevik followers have laid siege for days to the Winter Palace, former home of the Czar (gone since February) and the current home of the Provisional Government. Now, after a shootout with the remaining guards, they are searching for the remaining government officials and… »11/25/13 7:50am11/25/13 7:50am