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How the Aurora Borealis Works
How the Aurora Borealis Works

Demystifying the cosmic origins of one of Earth’s greatest wonders, or what solar storms have to do with snow.

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The Unwilling Tourist: Vintage Czech Illustration Captures the Life of the Refugee
The Unwilling Tourist: Vintage Czech Illustration Captures the Life of the Refugee

What the dawn of the Czech avant-garde has to do with UN statistics and outsmarting Hitler.

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Five Timeless Books of Insight on Fear and the Creative Process
Five Timeless Books of Insight on Fear and the Creative Process

From Monet to Tiger Woods, or why creating rituals and breaking routines don’t have to be conflicting notions.

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15 Years of Cutting-Edge Thinking on Understanding the Mind
15 Years of Cutting-Edge Thinking on Understanding the Mind

What mirror neurons have to do with Abu Ghraib, the science of religion, and how happiness flourishes.

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Democracy & Despotism: 1940s Encyclopedia Britannica Films
Democracy & Despotism: 1940s Encyclopedia Britannica Films

Vintage lessons in civic harmony, or how small-scale common courtesy paves the way for large-scale peace.

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Illustrated Flowcharts to Find Answers to Life’s Big Questions
Illustrated Flowcharts to Find Answers to Life’s Big Questions

Flowcharting your way to happiness, or why you should be looking for people who intimidate you.

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