Was Napoleon Bonaparte poisoned? This question has plagued historians since the defeated French emperor’s death on May 5, 1821, on the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic, where he lived in exile for nearly six years.
Did you know that the entire universe was once hotter than the surface of the Sun? What became of the light emitted by that hot universe? In a video, astrophysicist Mordecai-Mark Mac Low introduces viewers to the cosmic microwave background—energy left over from the Big Bang.
Live animals are on display throughout the Museum's new exhibition The Power of Poison, helping elucidate the diversity and ubiquity of poisons in nature—and their myriad uses for humans, as medicine, weaponry, and inspiration.
Poisons like cyanide or belladonna may seem like the stuff of novels. But before Agatha Christie became the world’s best-selling mystery writer, such toxic compounds were, for a time, part of her everyday life—and literary inspiration.