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What a Plant Knows
What a Plant Knows

How a plant can tell whether you’re wearing a blue or red shirt as you’re approaching it.

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Chasing Venus: When the World Came Together to Measure the Heavens
Chasing Venus: When the World Came Together to Measure the Heavens

What Ben Franklin, Sweden, and a lucky break in the clouds have to do with the distance to the Sun.

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Thomas Edison’s To-Do List, 1888
Thomas Edison’s To-Do List, 1888

What ink for the blind has to do with marine telegraphy and electrical pianos.

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Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely on the Relationship Between Creativity and Dishonesty
Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely on the Relationship Between Creativity and Dishonesty

“Creativity can help us tell better stories — stories that allow us to be even more dishonest but still think of ourselves as wonderfully honest people.”

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Is Pluto a Planet? An Animated Explanation Sets the Record Straight
Is Pluto a Planet? An Animated Explanation Sets the Record Straight

A brief history of why the word “planet” isn’t very helpful.

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How Intuition and the Imagination Fuel “Rational” Scientific Discovery and Creativity: A 1957 Guide
How Intuition and the Imagination Fuel “Rational” Scientific Discovery and Creativity: A 1957 Guide

“Those who do not know the torment of the unknown cannot have the joy of discovery.”

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