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A chemical hearth recently discovered in the walls of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia dates back to its Jeffersonian origins.
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October 18, 2015 The "chemical hearth," dating back to the 1820s, was unearthed by workers doing renovations on the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. It is thought to be one of very few such labs still surviving.
An aerial view of Monticello shows Mulberry Row to the right of Thomas Jefferson's house.
Robert Llewellyn/© Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello
August 2, 2015 A new app uses geolocation to bring to life a lesser-known section of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia estate — Mulberry Row, which was the bustling enclave of skilled slaves who worked at Monticello.
French physicist Philippe Hubert uses gamma rays to detect radioactivity in wine. "In the wine is the story of the Atomic Age," he says.
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June 3, 2014 By testing for radiation, detectives tried to show that wine bottles purportedly from Thomas Jefferson's collection were fake. And with wine fraud rising, authentication is getting more sophisticated.
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Thomas Jefferson's garden at Monticello served as an experimental laboratory for garden vegetables from around the world.
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May 10, 2012 Thomas Jefferson's garden was a vast, beautiful science experiment involving over 300 varieties of 90 different plants. And no gardening detail was too small for Jefferson to note in the gardening journal he kept for nearly 60 years.
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February 17, 2011 Academic standards for public schools in the United States are a confusing mess. A series of studies from the Fordham Institute rate the standards of each state in each subject area taught. The news is not good for most states.
July 4, 2010 As he drafted the Declaration of Independence, the founding father replaced the word "subjects" with "citizens." We all owe him our gratitude.
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