Today’s quick hits, Dec. 2, 2022

Congress imposes rail contract: Acting a day after the House, the Senate voted, 80-15, to impose a contract on railroad workers, sending the measure to President Biden. The vote came after senators rejected a House proposal that would have given workers seven paid sick days. (ABC News)

Baguette on heritage list: UNESCO, the UN heritage agency, named the baguette, the ubiquitous bread of France, to its world heritage list amid economic upheavals that include rising prices and the widespread closing of the country’s rural bakeries. (New York Times)

Virus vs. wheat scab: A naturally occurring fungal virus could disrupt the ability of the disease known as Fusarium head blight, or wheat scab, to contaminate wheat with vomitoxin, which reduces the value of the grain. (U.S. Agricultural Research Service)

Pink snow, red flag: Half the water in the U.S. West comes from snowmelt, and scientists are trying to gauge the impact of snow algae on the melt and how its role may change as the climate warms. (High Country News)