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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 paper just published in the journal m​Bio, researchers have taken terroir talk to a whole new...

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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 silver, gold, and platinum. At treatment plants, raw sewage is processed by a series of physical,...

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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 killed off the dinosaurs around 65 million years ago). By their formal measurements, we are currently...

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Designer Transformed An Old Garage Into A Cozy Mini House

Michelle de la Vega describes herself as an multidisciplinary artist, designer, welder, but not an architect. She had no idea she would became famous in this domain. Everything started when she decided to transform a dirty old garage into a warm Mini House, so she would have a place to...

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Hanging Walkway Connects Two Offices In Design By Polish Architects

  The isolation from nature, sunlight and fresh air that many of us experience in offices can make working in them depressing and tiring. Zalewski Architecture, a Polish architecture firm, has created a quirky concept that aims to solve all of this – a narrow, winding outdoor walkway that connects...

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9 Things You May Not Know About Michelangelo

Painter, sculptor and architect Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in Caprese, Italy on March 6, 1475. During a more than 70-year career, he won near-mythical fame as one of Europe’s preeminent “Renaissance Men,” and counted kings and popes among his many admirers and patrons. Temperamental and brilliant, Michelangelo crafted several masterpieces...

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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 fits and starts, the Trail eventually skyrocketed in popularity, attracting the attention of prominent politicians who...