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July 22, 2019

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The Most Irish Town in America Was Built on Seaweed | Innovation

Smithsonian
A lot of us start our days with seaweed, whether or not we know it. From toothpaste to moisturizer to yogurt, a compound derived from seaweed called carrageenan is responsible for adding smoothness and suspension to some of our favorite products. Now a global industry, carrageenan production in the United......
History

Five of the Most Fascinating Prison Museums in America | Travel

Smithsonian
Since the 1980s, mass incarceration has become a booming business in the United States, with 670 people out of every 100,000 becoming a prisoner. And it’s not because we have more criminals, either—research shows that this change is thanks to alterations of sentencing law and policy. The boom has led......

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