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Reads tagged with “health”

Hidden Treasure: Ten Centuries of Rare Archival Images Visualizing the Body
Hidden Treasure: Ten Centuries of Rare Archival Images Visualizing the Body

What vintage nurse uniforms have to do with Darwin’s studies of animal emotions and Chinese war propaganda.

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The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption
The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption

Why “information overload” is the wrong lens on the issue, or what sugar and fat have to do with Hollywood.

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New Philanthropy: End Malaria and Boost Your Own Creative Process
New Philanthropy: End Malaria and Boost Your Own Creative Process

Altruism by way of self-improvement, or what optimizing your workflow has to do with saving children.

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The Internet Is My Religion: Jim Gilliam on the Divinity of the Web
The Internet Is My Religion: Jim Gilliam on the Divinity of the Web

Startups, spirituality and why connectedness is next to godliness.

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A World Without Moms
A World Without Moms

What going to school without underwear has to do with ruling the world.

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The Art of Medicine: Mapping the Body in 2,000 Years of Images and Imagination
The Art of Medicine: Mapping the Body in 2,000 Years of Images and Imagination

From ancient etchings to electron microscopes, or what aspirin has to do with visualizing consciousness.

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Maira Kalman Illustrates Michael Pollan’s Iconic Food Rules
Maira Kalman Illustrates Michael Pollan’s Iconic Food Rules

A diet your grandmother would approve, why boredom isn’t edible, and what peas have to do with time travel.

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5 Must-Read Books by TED Global Speakers, Part 2
5 Must-Read Books by TED Global Speakers, Part 2

From life before birth to living with death, or what marine life has to do with global equality.

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E. chromi: Designer Bacteria for Color-Coded Disease Detection
E. chromi: Designer Bacteria for Color-Coded Disease Detection

What the future of personalized medicine has to do with the cross-pollination of design and engineering.

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How Cancer Became Cancer and What Its Future Holds: A Pulitzer-Winning Biography of the Dreaded Disease
How Cancer Became Cancer and What Its Future Holds: A Pulitzer-Winning Biography of the Dreaded Disease

A comprehensive and eloquent scientific and sociocultural history of the ubiquitous disease wins the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction.

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