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How Amazonian Lily Pads Inspire Building Design Not only is an Amazonian water lily massive, with leaves that can grow up to 10 feet, but it’s also strong enough to withstand the weight of a small child. For years, researchers have attempted to ascertain how lily pads can do this. A recent study from Science Advances uncovered how a network of fractal veins, which radiate concentrically …

How Native American-Owned Breweries are Reclaiming Agency

According to a 2019 survey by the Brewers Association, only 4% of the breweries in the US are owned by Native Americans or Alaska Natives. Between a history of economic and social discrimination and the stereotype that Indigenous people are more pre-disposed to alcoholism than others, there are many obstacles that make it difficult for Native people to found their own breweries. That, however, does …

Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol

Between the gender disparity in distilleries and cocktails that are associated with femininity, the culture of drinking has long been patriarchally dictated. Mallory O’Meara’s Girly Drinks forces a reckoning with this gendered divide, shedding light on the overlooked women behind breweries and booze. From an ancient Sumerian beer goddess to the iconic bartender Ada Coleman, this book reveals the feminist history within alcohol.