Aug 30, 2017

Italian winemaking thousands of years older than previously thought

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Scientists from the University of South Florida discovered wine residue in roughly 6,000-year-old terra cotta jars in a Sicilian cave, indicating that wine production began in Italy thousands of years before the previously assumed date of 1200 B.C., per The Guardian.

How they found it: According to the paper published in the Microchemical Journal, the researchers found that the jars had residue containing tartaric acid, a component of grapes that accumulates during winemaking. Previous attempts to date the viniculture of Italy had relied on attempting to date preserved vines and seeds.

What's next: The team hopes to carry out a more sophisticated scientific analysis to determine if the wine was red or white.

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Joe Biden places second in Nevada caucuses, ahead of Pete Buttigieg

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Former Vice President Joe Biden secured second place in the Nevada Democratic caucuses with former Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg third, according to NBC News projections Sunday.

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Flashback: Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucuses

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Details: In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal childcare with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said.

Exclusive: Trump's "Deep State" hit list

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