How A Biochemical Invention Of The Mongols Gave Us Sour Cream

When you're enjoying your burrito, you should briefly think of the biochemical ingenuity of the horse-riding culture that nearly overran Europe. The Mongols had to process their food in a special way, and they liked getting drunk — this led to a culinary treasure. » 7/21/14 9:20am 7/21/14 9:20am

How Mongolian hordes reduced the Earth's carbon footprint

In the 1200s, Genghis Khan and the Mongolian army built an empire that stretched from the Pacific Ocean to central Europe, ruling over a fifth of all land on Earth and over 100 million people. And all that conquering reshaped the Earth, reducing carbon dioxide levels enough to offset a year's worth of gasoline usage… » 2/08/11 11:06am 2/08/11 11:06am