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19th-Century Anthropomorphic Animals from the NYPL Archives
19th-Century Anthropomorphic Animals from the NYPL Archives

What kimono-wearing rabbits and ice-skating camels have to do with solving information overload.

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A Definitive Guide to Leonardo da Vinci’s Paintings and Drawings
A Definitive Guide to Leonardo da Vinci’s Paintings and Drawings

From anatomy to aviation, or what Leonardo’s drawings reveal about cross-disciplinary creativity.

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Andrew Zuckerman: Curiosity and Rigor are the Secret to Creativity
Andrew Zuckerman: Curiosity and Rigor are the Secret to Creativity

Getting past the myth of “inspiration,” or why the fear of failure might be a good thing.

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You’re a Wonder: How Your Ear Works
You’re a Wonder: How Your Ear Works

Why temporary deafness is good for you, or what sound waves have to do with the smallest bone in the body.

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Mathemagician Vi Hart Explains the Science of Sound, Frequency and Pitch
Mathemagician Vi Hart Explains the Science of Sound, Frequency and Pitch

From the cochlea to Coachella, or what mathematical ratios have to do with the enjoyability of melodies.

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1493: An Uncommon History of How Columbus Changed the World
1493: An Uncommon History of How Columbus Changed the World

What events from half a millennium ago can teach us about the globalization debate today.

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