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Kurt Vonnegut: You’re Allowed To Be In Love Three Times In Your Life
Kurt Vonnegut: You’re Allowed To Be In Love Three Times In Your Life

An existential quota held in three long fingers.

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How a Cat Boosts Your Creativity
How a Cat Boosts Your Creativity

“… the tranquility of the cat will gradually come to affect you.”

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The Science of Why We Blush, Animated
The Science of Why We Blush, Animated

What adrenaline-responsive blood vessels have to do with the social signaling of remorse.

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The Surprising Science of Why It’s Dark at Night, Animated
The Surprising Science of Why It’s Dark at Night, Animated

The glowing edge of space, or how the expansion of the universe is affecting the visible spectrum.

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Richard Feynman Explains Where Trees Actually Come From and How Fire Works
Richard Feynman Explains Where Trees Actually Come From and How Fire Works

How the light and heat of the sun made their way into your fireplace.

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Who Could It Be At This Hour? Lemony Snicket Asks All The Wrong Questions
Who Could It Be At This Hour? Lemony Snicket Asks All The Wrong Questions

An irreverent story of secrets in black, gray, and blue.

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Rework: Beck and Others Remix the Music of Philip Glass for the Iconic Composer’s 75th Birthday
Rework: Beck and Others Remix the Music of Philip Glass for the Iconic Composer’s 75th Birthday

Half a century of music innovation, reimagined.

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Happy Birthday, Chrysler Building Spire: The Story of an Epic Architectural Rivalry
Happy Birthday, Chrysler Building Spire: The Story of an Epic Architectural Rivalry

How an architect’s private rivalry resulted in one of New York City’s most iconic public images.

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Antilamentation: A Poetic Antidote to Regret
Antilamentation: A Poetic Antidote to Regret

“You’ve traveled this far on the back of every mistake.”

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The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook: A Delicious Time Machine to Post-Edwardian England
The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook: A Delicious Time Machine to Post-Edwardian England

More than 150 recipes from upstairs and downstairs.

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