Muscadine, a grapevine species native to the southeastern US, has been used in the production of port and fine wines since the 16th Century. Recent reports regarding the relatively high antioxidant content of muscadine wines have boosted their popularity. In fact, these wines were found to contain more than five times the amount of the life-prolonging compound resveratrol than ordinary red wines. How and why do the plants produce these antioxidants?
Back in the day
Before 1960, the US and Cuba shared strong economic ties, trading heavily in sugar and tobacco. When Fidel Castro rose to power and Cuba expropriated many American-owned land holdings, the US took action, enforcing countermeasures such as the 1960 prohibition of all exports to Cuba. In 1962, the US imposed a commercial, financial, and economic embargo on Cuba, which remains one of the most enduring trade embargos in modern history. How did the US embargo impact Cuban relations with the USSR?
Born on a day like today
Clay, nicknamed "The Lion of Whitehall," was an American politician who made a name for himself as an outspoken abolitionist and the publisher of the True American antislavery newspaper. He survived repeated assassination attempts and beatings by mobs, and he was instrumental in convincing President Abraham Lincoln to adopt the Emancipation Proclamation. As the US minister to Russia, Clay helped negotiate the Alaska Purchase. What world-famous boxer was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.?