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How Happiness Happens
How Happiness Happens

What a 102-year-old Spanish man has to do with motion typography and the secret of happiness.

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Monday Music Muse: Dan Auerbach
Monday Music Muse: Dan Auerbach

Resurrecting rock, or what Southern porches have to do with Brooklyn hipsters.

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Accidents: The Abstract Art of Data Visualization Goofs
Accidents: The Abstract Art of Data Visualization Goofs

What New York City homicide rates have to do with Beijing circa 1917 and Twitter.

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Product Design Spotlight: The Little Bottle That Could
Product Design Spotlight: The Little Bottle That Could

Why the key to revolutionary innovation is being completely incompetent.

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The World of 100: Our Global Village
The World of 100: Our Global Village

The real minority report, or what the world would look like if it were a village of 100.

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Interview with Chunnel.TV Founder Matthew Berman
Interview with Chunnel.TV Founder Matthew Berman

What Banksy, TED, and a global network of ad agencies have in common, or why the long tail is the shortest way to cultural revolution.

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