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How a Book is Made: AD 400 vs. 1947 vs. 1961 vs. 2011
How a Book is Made: AD 400 vs. 1947 vs. 1961 vs. 2011

A brief history of the bound page and our evolving collective narrative about its craftsmanship.

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Salvador Dalí on Decadence, Death and Immortality: The 1958 Interview
Salvador Dalí on Decadence, Death and Immortality: The 1958 Interview

What Freud to antimatter, or what pre-birth memories and lucid dreams have to do with the ego of genius.

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The Homosexuals: A CBS “Documentary” from 1967
The Homosexuals: A CBS “Documentary” from 1967

A vintage signpost for how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go.

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Move, Learn, Eat: Around the World in 3 Timelapse Short Films
Move, Learn, Eat: Around the World in 3 Timelapse Short Films

What an exploding volcano has to do with incredible edibles and a terabyte of globe-trotting footage.

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How Music and Language Mimicked Nature to Evolve Us
How Music and Language Mimicked Nature to Evolve Us

How auditory cheesecake was made with mother nature’s milk, or why our brains were not designed for reading.

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Do You See What I See? BBC on the Subjectivity of Color Perception
Do You See What I See? BBC on the Subjectivity of Color Perception

Why you should wear red on your next date, or what an African tribe can teach us about the color of water.

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Digital Humanities Spotlight: 7 Important Digitization Projects
Digital Humanities Spotlight: 7 Important Digitization Projects

From Darwin’s marginalia to Voltaire’s correspondence, or what Dalí’s controversial World’s Fair pavilion has to do with digital myopia.

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Letters to Children from Cultural Icons on the Love of Libraries
Letters to Children from Cultural Icons on the Love of Libraries

A reading manifesto from Dr. Seuss, or what space ships have to do with fairy godmothers and civil rights.

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Driving with Plato: Life Lessons from History’s Greatest Minds
Driving with Plato: Life Lessons from History’s Greatest Minds

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Rare Early Photographs of Musicians Around the World
Rare Early Photographs of Musicians Around the World

Playing the hurdy-gurdy, or why African-American jazz bands were banned in Australia until 1954.

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