Why You Should Thank A Caterpillar For Your Mustard And Wasabi – “Turns out, the flavors of these condiments are the result of millions of years of plants and caterpillars duking it out to survive. In a paper published this month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a group of scientists explore how exactly caterpillars drove plants to make chemicals that humans find tasty.” Thanks, caterpillars!
I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery. – “Still, I’d often meet visitors who had earnest but deep misunderstandings about the nature of American slavery. These folks were usually, but not always, a little older, and almost invariably white. I was often asked if the slaves there got paid, or (less often) whether they had signed up to work there. You could tell from the questions — and, not less importantly, from the body language — that the people asking were genuinely ignorant of this part of the country’s history.”
Change Doesn’t Usually Come This Fast – “So why has gay marriage been different? Some of it is generational; older voters have gradually been replaced in the electorate by younger ones who are more likely to support gay marriage. However, many people have also changed their minds.” Nate Silver on the support for same sex marriage.