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A Taste of Italy
In the mid-1800s, Italy was consumed by two parallel fights: one to rid itself of Austrian domination (a holdover fro...
Pushing the Envelope
As is often the case with people in dangerous professions, the Apollo astronauts found that life insurance policies w...
The Comforts of the Throne
In the days when hunting was a more common pursuit than it is today, those involved in the job cultivated a taxonomy...
A Blight on Soviet Science
Nikolai Vavilov dedicated his life to improving Soviet agriculture and eradicating famine, but his allegiance to science would ultimately lead to his downfall.