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Both beer and wine are thought to predate distilled spirits.

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James Smithson was the Smithsonian’s founding donor, bequeathing approximately one ton of gold British sovereigns.

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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter arrived on Mars on February 18, 2021.

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Some designers promote fashion lines based on kente cloth from Ghana.

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When suburbanites want to limit the number of deer in their area, it can be easier said than done.

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Could humans be visiting Venus in the future?

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Will We Ever Send Humans to Venus?

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North American species like the Colorado potato beetle and the fall armyworm have become invasive elsewhere.

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The planets in our solar system all orbit the Sun in one shared plane.

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Why Do the Planets All Orbit the Sun in the Same Plane?

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Why does smaller size, like that of the anteater, benefit species in different environments, wondered one Smithsonian reader.

Why Are South American Animals Smaller Than Those on Other Continents?

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Halahtookit, a Nez Perce man, widely believed to be the son of William Clark.

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Are There Native Descendants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition? And More Questions From Our Readers

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Amelia Earhart mounted publicity stunts to earn money for her flights.

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Fumigation was used on library book collections in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when book-borrowing was seen as a possible disease vector.

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Eugene V. Debs was in a West Virginia penitentiary when he lost the 1920 presidential election.

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The Wright brothers' 1903 flight made history, regardless of other claims about earlier flights.

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Was Jakob Brodbeck First in Flight? And More Questions From Our Readers

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Photography was so expensive when it was first introduced that people treated getting their photo taken like a once-in-a-lifetime portrait opportunity.

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A volcano can provide a great deal of geothermal energy

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Dragons in Chinese art represent the emperor.

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Women have graced coinage since the third century B.C.

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One of this issue's questions is about the starfish's namesake shape.

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What Would Happen if the Earth Stopped Rotating? and More Questions From our Readers

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