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7 Celebrations of Nelson Mandela
7 Celebrations of Nelson Mandela

What Apartheid has to do with Victorian poetry and using peace as a weapon of mass reconstruction.

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Ordering the Heavens: A Visual History of Mapping the Universe
Ordering the Heavens: A Visual History of Mapping the Universe

From Copernicus to Ancient Korea, or what the Chinese concept of change has to do with Aztec astrology.

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Before Walt Disney: 5 Animations by Early Cinema Pioneers
Before Walt Disney: 5 Animations by Early Cinema Pioneers

What a shape-shifting egg has to do with racehorses and the science of facial expressions.

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Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo: The First True Animation, 1911
Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo: The First True Animation, 1911

What the dawn of animation has to do with progressive microfuding for creativity.

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BBC’s The Beauty of Maps
BBC’s The Beauty of Maps

What cartographic creativity has to do with the limitations of copyright law.

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Polymorphic Computing, Explained in Vintage Stop-Motion (1959)
Polymorphic Computing, Explained in Vintage Stop-Motion (1959)

What wooden boxes and stick figures have to do with predicting the future of the social web.

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Remembering Louis Armstrong: Satchmo, the Documentary
Remembering Louis Armstrong: Satchmo, the Documentary

Celebrating the life, wizardry and legacy of one of the greatest musicians that ever lived.

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Nabokov’s Legacy: Bequeathing Butterfly Theory
Nabokov’s Legacy: Bequeathing Butterfly Theory

Getting schooled in the arts and sciences, or what literature has to do with lepidoptery.

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7 Essential Books on Data Visualization & Computational Art
7 Essential Books on Data Visualization & Computational Art

What 12 million human emotions have to do with civilian air traffic and the order of the universe.

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BBC’s The Romantics: The Birth of the Individual in Modern Society
BBC’s The Romantics: The Birth of the Individual in Modern Society

What The French Revolution has to do with the love of nature and the birth of the modern individual.

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