At least he wasn't burned at the stake, right?
- The letter suggests Galileo censored himself a bit in order to fly more under the radar. It didn't work, though.
- The Royal Society Journal will publish the variants of the letters shortly, and scholars will begin to analyze the results.
- The letter was in obscurity for hundreds of years in Royal Society Library in London.
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Galileo demonstrating new theories
Serendipity<p>Beyond suggesting that Galileo moderated his own text, another particularly fascinating thing about the recently discovered second draft is that it lived incognito in the London Royal Society Library for, at least, 250 years. It has been misfiled.<br></p><p>"I thought, 'I can't believe that I have discovered the letter that virtually all Galileo scholars thought to be hopelessly lost," Ricciardo <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06769-4" target="_blank">told </a><em><a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06769-4" target="_blank">Nature</a></em>. "It seemed even more incredible because the letter was not in an obscure library, but in the Royal Society library."</p>
Research suggests that a religious edict from the Catholic Church shaped the evolution of the modern chicken.
Chicken is one of the most consumed meats in the world. The U.S. alone consumes 8 billion chickens per year — about 25 birds per every meat-eater in the country. But just 1,000 years ago, chicken was a relatively rare dish.