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World Science Festival: Scents and Sensibilities, or How Smell Works
World Science Festival: Scents and Sensibilities, or How Smell Works

From pheromones to disease detection via smell, or what your nose has to do with the neurochemistry of nostalgia.

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Monoculture: How Our Era’s Dominant Story Shapes Our Lives
Monoculture: How Our Era’s Dominant Story Shapes Our Lives

What Galileo has to do with the economy, or how Wall Street is moulding your taste in art.

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Major Movements in Philosophy as Minimalist Geometric Graphics
Major Movements in Philosophy as Minimalist Geometric Graphics

From relativism to absolutism, or what the geometry of knowledge has to do with negative space.

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Mathemagician Vi Hart Explains the Science of Sound, Frequency and Pitch
Mathemagician Vi Hart Explains the Science of Sound, Frequency and Pitch

From the cochlea to Coachella, or what mathematical ratios have to do with the enjoyability of melodies.

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Mod Odyssey: How The Beatles Revolutionized Animation in 1968
Mod Odyssey: How The Beatles Revolutionized Animation in 1968

From Homer to John Lennon, or what the “psychedelic 60s” can teach us about creativity in animation.

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Sentics: Emotional Healing Through Music and Touch
Sentics: Emotional Healing Through Music and Touch

A sensory antidote to addiction and depression, or what artificial intelligence has to do with poetry.

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Arnold Schoenberg’s Music Notation Based on Tennis: A Tribute to George Gershwin
Arnold Schoenberg’s Music Notation Based on Tennis: A Tribute to George Gershwin

What the U.S. Open has to do with atonality and one of the great losses of twentieth-century music.

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You’re a Wonder: How Your Ear Works
You’re a Wonder: How Your Ear Works

Why temporary deafness is good for you, or what sound waves have to do with the smallest bone in the body.

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11 Piano Lessons in 9 Minutes from Iconic Jazz Pianist Earl “Fatha” Hines
11 Piano Lessons in 9 Minutes from Iconic Jazz Pianist Earl “Fatha” Hines

A brief history of jazz piano techniques.

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The Stanford Prison Experiment: History’s Most Controversial Psychology Study Turns 40
The Stanford Prison Experiment: History’s Most Controversial Psychology Study Turns 40

Insights on identity and the aberrations of authority from the most notorious psychology experiment of all time.

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