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The Microbes in your Merlot

When a wine snob is going on about terroir, as wine snobs are wont to do, they’re usually talking about the climate, terrain, and soil in which the grapes were grown. But in a...

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​Scientists Want to Mine Our Poop for Gold

Every year, Americans are flushing a fortune down the toilet. Literally. More than 7 million tons of biosolids—treated sewage sludge—pass through US wastewater facilities annually. Contained within our shit are surprisingly large quantities of...

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The Age of Man

Geologists divide Earth’s history into chunks of time separated by significant global changes, such as those caused by continental drift, a major climate shift or a giant asteroid impact (like the one many believe...

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10 Things You Should Know About the Appalachian Trail

On March 3, 1925, roughly two dozen outdoor enthusiasts meeting at the Raleigh Hotel in Washington, D.C., formed an all-volunteer organization charged with building the Appalachian Trail. Though work at first proceeded only in...

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History of Witches

The infamous Salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of...

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The Great Depression

The Great Depression (1929-39) was the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world. In the United States, the Great Depression began soon after the stock market crash of...

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Fully charged & lookin’ good

“Fully charged & lookin’ good” are the words adorning XOO Belt’s website—a phrase worthy of a company that has so skillfully weaved electronics with fashion. To charge the charger, simply remove it from your...