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How Muybridge Changed Science Through Art: A Fascinating Vintage Short Film by the U.S. Department of Defense
How Muybridge Changed Science Through Art: A Fascinating Vintage Short Film by the U.S. Department of Defense

What galloping horses have to do with nuclear reactors and supersonic missiles.

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Brian Cox Explains Entropy and the Arrow of Time with Sandcastles and Glaciers
Brian Cox Explains Entropy and the Arrow of Time with Sandcastles and Glaciers

Understanding the joy and tragedy of the human condition through desert sand and polar ice.

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The Magic of Seeds and the Science of Insuring Earth’s Future
The Magic of Seeds and the Science of Insuring Earth’s Future

What tiny parachutes and a man named Wolfgang have to do with the future of all living species.

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Comic Books as the Grimms’ Fairy Tales of Pop Culture
Comic Books as the Grimms’ Fairy Tales of Pop Culture

On making out the shape of our society through its gods of good and evil.

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Everything is a Remix Part 4: System Failure
Everything is a Remix Part 4: System Failure

A brief history of intellectual property, or why 1790 was more culturally progressive than 2012.

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How Long Is a Piece of String? BBC and Comedian Alan Davies Explore Quantum Mechanics
How Long Is a Piece of String? BBC and Comedian Alan Davies Explore Quantum Mechanics

Making sense of 319.44 millimeters of infinity.

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The Last Journey of a Genius: Richard Feynman’s Quest to Visit the Remote Lost Land of Tuva
The Last Journey of a Genius: Richard Feynman’s Quest to Visit the Remote Lost Land of Tuva

“I’m an explorer, okay? I get curious about everything, and I want to investigate all kinds of stuff.”

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What We Talk About When We Talk About “Curation”
What We Talk About When We Talk About “Curation”

On creative restlessness, the art of context, and the contagion of intellectual curiosity.

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This Is My Home: Inside Anthony’s Parlor of Curiosities
This Is My Home: Inside Anthony’s Parlor of Curiosities

On letting the light of life shine through the stories of genuine human connection.

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All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace: Adam Curtis on How Technology Limits Us
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace: Adam Curtis on How Technology Limits Us

What Ayn Rand has to do with the Occupy movement.

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