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London Unfurled: An Obsessive 37-Foot Accordion Drawing
London Unfurled: An Obsessive 37-Foot Accordion Drawing

Along the River Thames in pen and ink.

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Beautiful Vintage Cross-Sections of Trees, Many Rare or Extinct Today
Beautiful Vintage Cross-Sections of Trees, Many Rare or Extinct Today

A bittersweet masterpiece of design and natural history.

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Philosopher Daniel Dennett on Memes, Luck, Consciousness, and the Meaning of Life
Philosopher Daniel Dennett on Memes, Luck, Consciousness, and the Meaning of Life

“Every living thing is, from the cosmic perspective, incredibly lucky simply to be alive.”

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Love Is Walking Hand In Hand: The Peanuts Gang Defines Love, 1965
Love Is Walking Hand In Hand: The Peanuts Gang Defines Love, 1965

“Love is being happy knowing that she’s happy… but that isn’t so easy.”

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Ancient Romans’ Fanciful and Entertaining Pre-Scientific Beliefs about Animal Behavior
Ancient Romans’ Fanciful and Entertaining Pre-Scientific Beliefs about Animal Behavior

What the greed of the octopus has to do with the ram’s preferred bedside and the hyena’s gender-bending.

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The Idea Factory: Insights on Creativity from Bell Labs and the Golden Age of Innovation
The Idea Factory: Insights on Creativity from Bell Labs and the Golden Age of Innovation

Successful innovation requires the meeting of the right people at the right place with just the right problem.

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