A Very Modern Map of Britain’s Ancient Roman Roads

A Very Modern Map of Britain's Ancient Roman Roads

Let's take the VII from Londinium to Letocetum.

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Your kitchen sponge harbors zillions of microbes. Cleaning it could make things worse

Your kitchen sponge harbors zillions of microbes. Cleaning it could make things worse

That sponge in your kitchen sink harbors zillions of microbes, including close relatives of the bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis, according to a new study. One of the microbes, Moraxella osloensis, can cause infections in people with a weak immune system and is also known for making laundry stink, possibly explaining your sponge’s funky odor. Researchers made the discovery by sequencing the microbial DNA of 14 used kitchen sponges, they report this month in Scientific Reports.

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How US climate machine has left 180 deniers in Congress

How US climate machine has left 180 deniers in Congress

This anti-environmentalist tactic of countering critiques of industrial impacts on the planet with lies, obfuscation and defamation has a long history. It goes back at least to establishment attacks on the US municipal housekeeping movement in the progressive era of the late 19th and early 20th century.

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Utility Helps Wean Vermonters From the Electric Grid

Utility Helps Wean Vermonters From the Electric Grid

In a new low-income development that replaced a trailer park here, rooftop solar panels sparkle in the sun while backup batteries quietly hum away in utility closets. About an hour away, in Rutland, homes and businesses along a once-distressed corridor are installing the latest in energy-saving equipment, including special insulation and heat pumps.

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Gef! The Strange Tale of an Extra Special Talking Mongoose

Gef! The Strange Tale of an Extra Special Talking Mongoose

For several years in the 1930s the case of a Manx mongoose – who was said to speak in a range of foreign languages including ‘Hindustani’, as well as singing, whistling, coughing ‘in a human manner’, swearing, dancing and attending political meetings – was discussed across Britain. As a fantastical beast, he was a contemporary of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, who was first supposedly photographed in 1933, although his fame was shorter-lived.

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