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Soil is living and life-giving.

It's full of soil critters(some you can see and a lot you can't), air, water, and a lot of fabulous organicmaterial rich in minerals and nutrients. All these things work together to produce the food we eat.

When we remove forests and grasses and plow soil, we expose it to the power of:

Which keeps farmers, and people like Bill Nye, awake at night.

Erosion destroys the structure of soil life.

Edward Norton, aka Mr. Soil, is upset we let our rich top soil get carried off by the wind...

...and by the rain.

Listening to the soil means farming in ways that build healthy soil, like organic agriculture, which aims to build soil life, and keeping soil covered so it doesn't blow or flow away.

To learn more about the powerful forces that Bill Nye obsesses about, here's his full episode on erosion. So fun.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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People have clearly missed their free treats.

The COVID-19 pandemic had us waving a sad farewell to many of life’s modern conveniences. And where it certainly hasn’t been the worst loss, not having free samples at grocery stores has undoubtedly been a buzzkill. Sure, one can shop around without the enticing scent of hot, fresh artisan pizza cut into tiny slices or testing out the latest fancy ice cream … but is it as joyful? Not so much.

Trader Joe’s, famous for its prepandemic sampling stations, has recently brought the tradition back to life, and customers are practically dancing through the aisles.

On the big comeback weekend, people flocked to social media to share images and videos of their free treats, including festive Halloween cookies (because who doesn’t love TJ’s holiday themed items?) along with hopeful messages for the future.
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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21

Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.

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