How Pumpkin Pie Sparked a 19th-Century Culture War

How Pumpkin Pie Sparked a 19th-Century Culture War

American politicians in the South blamed Thanksgiving for spreading Yankee values. By Ariel Knoebel.

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Ancient Shipwrecks Discovered in Alexandria’s Harbor

Ancient Shipwrecks Discovered in Alexandria’s Harbor

Ahram Online reports that three Roman shipwrecks and an ancient Egyptian barque dedicated to Osiris were discovered in ancient Alexandria’s eastern harbor in the Mediterranean Sea. Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the joint team of researchers, made up of scientists from the ministry’s department of underwater archaeology and the European Institute of Underwater Archaeology, recovered a crystal head thought to represent Marc Antony, and gold coins dating to the reign of Emperor Augustus.

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The Great Butter Meltdown

The Great Butter Meltdown

All dairy-producing countries are vulnerable to the climate catastrophes that are squeezing France’s butter supply. In recent weeks, supermarket shelves in parts of France have been bereft of the butter that sustains French cooking and baking, not to mention the quintessential Gallic pleasure of a baguette au beurre. Empty food shelves are a pitiable sight anywhere, but a butter shortage shakes the foundation of France’s cultural identity.

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Biology’s beloved amphibian — the axolotl — is racing towards extinction

Biology’s beloved amphibian — the axolotl — is racing towards extinction

When biologist Luis Zambrano began his career in the late 1990s, he pictured himself working miles from civilization, maybe discovering new species in some hidden corner of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Instead, in 2003, he found himself counting amphibians in the polluted, murky canals of Mexico City’s Xochimilco district. The job had its advantages: he was working minutes from his home and studying the axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum), a national icon in Mexico and arguably the world’s most recognizable salamander. But in that first year, Zambrano couldn’t wait for it to be over.

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MIT Reveals a Battery That Stores Solar Energy to Make Heat for Later

MIT Reveals a Battery That Stores Solar Energy to Make Heat for Later

esearchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced this week that they have developed a new battery-like system can store the the sun’s energy and release heat when needed at a later time. In the near-term, the technology could provide a new energy source for communities in the developing world that don’t depend on the grid, or create a power system for people who live in cities who want to limit the amount of electricity they use.

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