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Uncovered Gem: Marshall McLuhan’s Global Village
Uncovered Gem: Marshall McLuhan’s Global Village

Why tribal man is the future of communication, or what TED has to do with Playboy.

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Before OK Go: The History of Rube Goldberg Machines
Before OK Go: The History of Rube Goldberg Machines

Endless tipping points, or what today’s music hipsters can learn from 80s Swiss filmmakers.

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Analog Infoviz: Ward Shelley’s Hand-Painted Visualizations
Analog Infoviz: Ward Shelley’s Hand-Painted Visualizations

What Warhol has to do with lost loves, boat building and the VCR.

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Popular Science, Digitized
Popular Science, Digitized

137 years of human curiosity, or what lawnmowers have to do with nuclear detectives in China.

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Duelity: Earth’s Story, Split Down the Middle
Duelity: Earth’s Story, Split Down the Middle

Darwin vs. the General Organization of Development labs, or why truth comes in pairs.

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Creative Derivatives of the London Tube Map
Creative Derivatives of the London Tube Map

Nebulae, web mavens, and what the Kabbalah has to do with 100 years of music history.

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