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How corn conquered the world – Chris A. Kniesly

Corn currently accounts for more than one tenth of our global crop production. The United States alone has enough cornfields to cover Germany. But while other crops we grow come in a range of varieties, over 99% of cultivated corn is the exact same type: Yellow Dent #2. This means that humans grow more Yellow …

History’s “worst” nun – Theresa A. Yugar

Juana Ramírez de Asbaje sat before a panel of prestigious theologians, jurists, and mathematicians. The viceroy of New Spain had invited them to test the young woman’s knowledge by posing the most difficult questions they could muster. But Juana successfully answered every challenge, from complicated equations to philosophical queries. Observers would later liken the scene …

Hip-Hop & Shakespeare? Akala at TEDxAldeburgh

Hip-Hop & Shakespeare? Akala at TEDxAldeburgh

Translator: Judith Matz Reviewer: Sebastian Betti Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. If I could request the resetting of the clock, it’s on at four minutes at the moment, I presume from the one before… Fantastic! Okay! So, my name is Akala, I’m from the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. And before we get into the philosophy …

Where does gold come from? – David Lunney

Where does gold come from? – David Lunney

In medieval times, alchemists tried to achieve the seemingly impossible. They wanted to transform lowly lead into gleaming gold. History portrays these people as aged eccentrics, but if only they’d known that their dreams were actually achievable. Indeed, today we can manufacture gold on Earth thanks to modern inventions that those medieval alchemists missed by …