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A Brief History of the Toilet
A Brief History of the Toilet

How the most appropriately named inventor in history saved humanity from a centuries-long crisis.

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Artist Matt Freedman’s Courageous Visual Diary of Cancer
Artist Matt Freedman’s Courageous Visual Diary of Cancer

A graphic chronicle emanating honesty and humor — our two greatest weapons in the face of helplessness.

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The Backfire Effect: The Psychology of Why We Have a Hard Time Changing Our Minds
The Backfire Effect: The Psychology of Why We Have a Hard Time Changing Our Minds

How the disconnect between information and insight explains our dangerous self-righteousness.

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Alan Lightman on Our Yearning for Immortality and Why We Long for Permanence in a Universe of Constant Change
Alan Lightman on Our Yearning for Immortality and Why We Long for Permanence in a Universe of Constant Change

A heartening perspective on mortality by way of the physics of the cosmos and the poetics of the night-blooming cereus cactus.

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Where Do Babies Come From? A Sweet and Honest Primer on How Reproduction Works by Illustrator Sophie Blackall
Where Do Babies Come From? A Sweet and Honest Primer on How Reproduction Works by Illustrator Sophie Blackall

How to answer the question that stumps every grownup.

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Visionary Vintage Children’s Book Celebrates Gender Equality, Ethnic Diversity, and Space Exploration
Visionary Vintage Children’s Book Celebrates Gender Equality, Ethnic Diversity, and Space Exploration

“The blackness of space was dotted with stars.”

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