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Coronaviruses viewed under an electron microscope
Coronaviruses viewed under an electron microscope

Today in History

January 23

Mary Ward (b. 1585) · Johann Wilhelm Ritter (d. 1810) · Guida Maria (b. 1950)

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Did You Know?

  • ... that guitarist Cory Wong (pictured, left) was mentored by Peruvian guitarist Andrés Prado and Prince's drummer Michael Bland?
  • ... that Whittington Tump in Worcestershire was the site of a motte castle?
  • ... that when Louisville, Kentucky's WKYW radio became religious station WFIA in 1965, it ceased accepting beer, wine and tobacco commercials?
  • ... that only a few hundred Jews survived out of the more than 57,000 who were deported from Slovakia in 1942?
  • ... that fashion model Kesewa Aboah is descended from British nobility?
  • ... that the Mad About You episode "The Conversation" was filmed with a single camera in one take, and broadcast without interruption from commercials?
  • ... that cricketer Khaya Majola rejected offers to play alongside white players and overseas because he believed that black Africans were "being used as stooges" to benefit white South Africans?
  • ... that the Hong Kong restaurant Shia Wong Hip stores hundreds of live and venomous snakes on-site for its cuisine, and serves a soup made from lizards, silkworms, and seahorses?

Today's Featured Article

Suillus luteus is a bolete fungus common in its native Eurasia and widely introduced elsewhere. English names such as "slippery jack" refer to the brown cap, which is slimy in wet conditions. The mushrooms are edible, though not highly regarded, and are often eaten in soups, stews or fried dishes. The fungus grows in coniferous forests in its native range, and pine plantations where introduced. It forms symbiotic associations with living trees by enveloping the underground roots. The fungus produces spore-bearing mushrooms above ground in summer and autumn. The cap often has a distinctive conical shape before flattening with age. Instead of gills, the underside of the cap has pores with tubes extending downward that allow mature spores to escape. The pore surface is yellow, and covered by a membranous partial veil when young. The stalk is pale with small dots near the top. It bears a distinctive ring that is tinged brown to violet on the underside. (Full article...)