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Reads tagged with “knowledge”

Venus with Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women
Venus with Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women

Exploring gender identity and cultural disposition through rare archival images from 1800-1980.

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Celestial Navigations: 5 Conceptual Vintage Science Films by Al Jarnow
Celestial Navigations: 5 Conceptual Vintage Science Films by Al Jarnow

Education meets entertainment in experimental animation, or what Big Bird has to do with the dawn of computing.

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Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors: The Physical Underbelly of the Internet
Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors: The Physical Underbelly of the Internet

An anatomical tour of the Internet by way of 60 Hudson Street, a nondescript epicenter of global data traffic.

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National Geographic: Inside the Milky Way
National Geographic: Inside the Milky Way

From super-massive black holes to Carl Sagan, or how to center yourself in the universe the CGI way.

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Six Famous Thought Experiments, Animated in 60 Seconds Each
Six Famous Thought Experiments, Animated in 60 Seconds Each

From Ancient Greece to quantum mechanics, or what a Chinese room and a cat have to do with infinity.

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The Silver Fox Experiment: How Dogs Became Dogs
The Silver Fox Experiment: How Dogs Became Dogs

Half a century of Siberian science, or why your furry best friend is really a developmentally stunted wolf.

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How Darwin’s Photographic Studies of Human Emotions Changed Visual Culture
How Darwin’s Photographic Studies of Human Emotions Changed Visual Culture

What disdain and devotion have to do with the dawn of photography, evolution, and Lewis Carroll.

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From Philosophy to Art, 10 Essential Books on Protest
From Philosophy to Art, 10 Essential Books on Protest

What Billie Holiday has to do with Burma, growing your own marijuana, and the American Revolution.

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5 Unsung Heroes Who Shaped Modern Life
5 Unsung Heroes Who Shaped Modern Life

What 1920s rope-skipping has to do with the birth of paleontology, restaurant entrepreneurship, and Oprah.

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BBC’s Volatile History of Chemistry
BBC’s Volatile History of Chemistry

How the elements came to be, or what alchemy and urine have to do with the God particle.

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