August 7, 2020

Florence Safely Serves People Through 17th-Century “Wine Windows” Used During the Plague

As the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way businesses operate, many are getting creative so that they can continue to serve their customers. And in Florence, several are taking advantage of old technology to keep everyone protected. Italy, which was hit early by the pandemic, quickly shut the country down in early March. This meant that only delivery or, in some areas, take away was available.

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July 13, 2020

Woman Makes History as First Black Female Tactical Jet Pilot in the U.S. Navy

History was recently made in the U.S. Navy. In early July, Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) Swegle became the first Black woman to ever become a tactical jet pilot. Her friend, Alissa (aka @paigealissa), tweeted a photo of LTJG Swegle posing in front of a jet after completing her last scheduled flight. In addition to that photo, Alissa also shared a picture of LTJG Swegle getting sprayed with water—a time-honored tradition to celebrate the accomplishment.

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June 25, 2020

Ancient Scythian Shoe Preserved for 2,300 Years Discovered in the Altai Mountains

The allure of ancient artifacts has intrigued historians and art historians alike, but rarely do archaeologists come across age-old remnants that have survived thousands of years in near-mint condition. In 1948, a women's boot, featuring intricately bedazzled patterns, was discovered in Siberia's Altai mountains alongside other important finds—including jewelry, food, and weapons.

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