Why an Heiress Spent Her Fortune Trying to Keep Immigrants Out – The New York Times

Cordelia Scaife May’s Colcom Foundation finances several “nativist” organizations and causes.

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How European sailors learned celestial navigation | Aeon Essays

How did the sailors of early modern Europe learn to traverse the world’s seas? By going to school and doing maths problems

Source: How European sailors learned celestial navigation | Aeon Essays

The Unexpected History of the Air Conditioner | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian

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The technology (above: c. 1947 advertisement for Carrier) that was initially envisioned as a tool to enhance industrial productivity is now a near necessity for American homes and transportation. ( Fotosearch / Stringer, Getty Images)

Source: The Unexpected History of the Air Conditioner | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian

BBC – Travel – The US island that speaks Elizabethan English

The island of Ocracoke in North Carolina is known for its distinct ‘Hoi Toider’ brogue (Credit: Credit: Peter Ptschelinzew/Alamy)

Native Americans, English sailors and pirates all came together on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina to create the only American dialect that is not identified as American.

Source: BBC – Travel – The US island that speaks Elizabethan English

Scotland’s Tiny Artificial Islands Date to the Stone Age | Smart News | Smithsonian

Crannog with Causeway

Five crannogs in the Outer Hebrides were built 5,000 years ago, perhaps for ritual purposes

Source: Scotland’s Tiny Artificial Islands Date to the Stone Age | Smart News | Smithsonian