A painted portrait of Christopher Columbus' son, Hernando Colón,

Christopher Columbus’ son’s universal library is newly rediscovered in this lost tome


Hernando Colón was the illegitimate son of famed explorer Christopher Columbus. His love of books inspired him to attempt an ambitious dream: store all of the world’s books in one place. He summarized much of the information in his “Libro de los Epítomes,” which has recently been rediscovered.


As the Arctic warms up, a ‘new ocean’ is bringing new commerce to the top of the world

The Big Melt
Sámi renideer herder Reiulf Aleksandersen and his son build a fence for gathering their herd on Rooksavardi, or Red Mountain, in far northern Norway.

This family is already being hurt by climate change. They might also be hurt by a solution.

Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker fighters of the Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) aerobatic show team are seen performing in 2015. Finland says Russian jets like these have probed its airspace.

Finland opens a new center to fight ‘hybrid threats’ from Russia and beyond

People walk past Stockmann shopping center in Helsinki, Finland, on May 6, 2017.

How one city plans to steer residents away from driving

A cyclist rides past autumn-colored ivy climbing the wall of a building in downtown Copenhagen November 2, 2010.

Trips by bike finally outnumber those taken by car in Copenhagen


The capital of Denmark was known as a place where bicycles rule the roads. Now, they really rule.

Kevin Walker performing on Idol Sverige 2013

The winner of last year’s Sweden’s Idol just earned a spot on one of Sweden’s top soccer teams


How do you say renaissance man in Swedish? Kevin Walker won Sweden’s version of American Idol and now he’s playing for one of country’s best soccer teams.

Sea ice melt

Melting Arctic sea ice doubles the chances of harsh winters in other parts of the world


When most people hear the term “global warming,” they naturally think of air temperature. In reality, more than 90 percent of the warming caused by greenhouse gases happens in the oceans. Much of this warming takes place in the waters in and around the Arctic Ocean, leading to increasingly rapid melting of sea ice. A new study links this melting to cold, harsh winters that are becoming more common in parts of the world.

The font, Sweden Sans, was designed by Swedish agency Soderhavet in collaboration with Swedish font artist Stefan Hattenbach as part of a new national branding effort.

Sweden hopes to project a new image with its official font


Sweden has its own national flag and unique history, and now it has its own font, too. The government has created a typeface of its own, called Sweden Sans, as part of a new branding project.

Group trying to develop new list of 7 Wonders of the World, with natural twist


The New 7 Wonders group has a new, more natural list of Wonders of the World. Visiting them will take you from South America to Africa to Asia and introduce you to some of Mother Nature’s most breath-taking sites.