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The Surprisingly Cool History of Ice

Until two centuries ago, ice was just an unfortunate side effect of winter. But in the early 1800s, one man saw dollar signs in frozen ponds. Frederic Tudor not only introduced the world to cold glasses of water on hot summer days, he created a thirst people never realized they had. (Image credit: Flickr user Jau [...]

The Battle of Ft. Sumter

On April 12th, 1861, 150 years ago today, the first battle of the US Civil War was fought at Ft. Sumter, in Charleston, South Carolina. Southern states had been seceding from the union for months, but the US still maintained coastal forts. During the four months leading up to Lincoln’s Inauguration, the seceding states, one after [...]

Green Sea Slug Is Part Animal, Part Plant

Some animals eats algae and incorporates the algae’s chlorophyll into its own body. According to Sidney K. Pierce of the University of South Florida in Tampa, the sea slug Elysia chlorotica no longer has to, because it has incorporated enough of the plant’s genes into its own DNA to manufacture chlorophyll in its own body! The [...]

2 Poles Who Aided the American Revolution

Warm up the pierogies, Polish American heritage month is here again! Last year, we ticked off a list of 8 things you need to know about Polish Americans. This year, we’re going to change things up a bit and profile two men who helped make the very idea of a Polish American (or any other [...]