There's now evidence that Chinese royals have been sipping on tea since the middle of the second century. Archaeologists' recent excavation of the tomb of Han Dynasty Emperor Jing Di, who died in 141 BC, has turned up what archaeologists say is the world's oldest known tea. Up until this discovery, the only evidence of tea's existence in China that long ago was a single ancient text that claimed China was exporting tea leaves to Tibet.
Archaeologists found the ancient tea leaves buried in a wooden box with the emperor in his tomb, presumably so he could use them in the next life. Though the site, located in what is now modern-day Xian, was previously excavated in the 1990s, a previous search had not turned up the tea leaves.
The use of mass spectrometry by researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences has since confirmed that the leaves are, indeed, tea — but not your average tea. The Independent reports that the tea found is believed to be of "the finest quality" because it contains only tea buds and not "ordinary tea leaves."
"The discovery shows how modern science can reveal important previously unknown details about ancient Chinese culture," Dorian Fuller, Director of the International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology in London, said. "The identification of the tea found in the emperor's tomb complex gives us a rare glimpse into very ancient traditions which shed light on the origins of one of the world's favorite beverages." Becca Stanek
Hillary Clinton went deep into the archives, quoting another former first lady to try to prove her point that Donald Trump doesn't have the temperament to be Commander-in-Chief.
"I can't put it any better than Jackie Kennedy did after the Cuban Missile Crisis," Clinton said. "She said that what worried President Kennedy during that very dangerous time was that a war might be started — not by big men with self-control and restraint, but by little men — the ones moved by fear and pride." Clinton quoted Kennedy on what would have been her 87th birthday. Catherine Garcia
President Obama thought Hillary Clinton nailed it. Shortly after Clinton wrapped up her speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night, Obama fired off this tweet lauding Clinton's leadership qualities and predicting the future of his current Twitter handle, @POTUS:
Great speech. She's tested. She's ready. She never quits. That's why Hillary should be our next @POTUS. (She'll get the Twitter handle, too)
— President Obama (@POTUS) July 29, 2016
First Lady Michelle Obama followed up with some praise of her own, too:
So moved and so inspired by that powerful speech from our next President! #ImWithHer and I am fired up and ready to go. -mo
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) July 29, 2016
The only question is, would former President Bill Clinton inherit @FLOTUS? Becca Stanek
Hillary Clinton wants gun owners to know that she has everyone's safety in mind when it comes to gun control.
— CNN (@CNN) July 29, 2016
"I'm not here to repeal the Second Amendment," she said during her speech at the Democratic National Convention. "I'm not here to take away your guns. I just don't want you to be shot by someone who shouldn't have a gun in the first place." If the nation is "serious about keeping our country safe," she added, " we also can't afford to have a president who's in the pocket of the gun lobby." Catherine Garcia
During Thursday night's speeches at the Democratic National Convention, protesters aligned with Bernie Sanders repeatedly attempted to interrupt proceedings. But the Hillary Clinton faction got word of their plans, and came prepared. Check it out. Ryan Cooper
These are the counter-chants being distributed to Clinton delegates for when Bernie folks start heckling tonight pic.twitter.com/eNUtnBSzAM
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) July 29, 2016
Hillary Clinton painted a grim picture of a Donald Trump presidency during her speech at the Democratic National Convention, asking the audience, "if you dare," to imagine what it would be like to have him in the Oval Office.
"Ask yourself, do you really think Donald Trump has the temperament to be commander in chief? Donald Trump can't even handle the rough and tumble of a presidential campaign," she said. "He loses his cool at the slightest provocation, when he's gotten a tough question from a reporter, when he's challenged in a debate…imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons." Clinton said Trump says he'll put "America first, well, please explain, what part of America first leads him to make Trump ties in China, not Colorado? Trump suits in Mexico, not Michigan? Trump furniture in Turkey, not Ohio? Trump picture frames in India, not Wisconsin? Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again; well, he could start by actually making things in America again."
She also asked the crowd to think about what Trump did in Atlantic City, 60 miles away from Philadelphia. "You will find contractors and small businesses who lost everything because Donald Trump refused to pay his bills," she said. "But think of this: People who did the work and needed the money, not because he couldn't pay them but because he wouldn't pay them, he just stiffed them. And you know that sales pitch he's making to be president, 'put your faith in him and you'll win big?' That's the same sales pitch he made to all those small businesses. Then Trump walked away and left working people holding the bag." Catherine Garcia
The line that earned Hillary Clinton the most applause Thursday night may have been this simple reminder: "I believe in science!" Clinton chuckled after making that proclamation to raucous cheers at the Democratic National Convention. Then, she added this icing on the cake: "I believe climate change is real." Becca Stanek
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) July 29, 2016
Rather than try to assuage voters' frustrations Thursday night, Hillary Clinton admitted Americans were absolutely justified in feeling that way. "Some of you are frustrated, even furious, and you know what? You're right," Clinton said during her speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Clinton admitted that, right now, the economy is "not yet working the way it should." "Americans are willing to work and work hard," Clinton said. "But right now an awful lot of people feel there is less and less respect for the work they do." Becca Stanek
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) July 29, 2016