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This Is Mars: Mesmerizing Ultra-High-Resolution NASA Photos at the Intersection of Art and Science
This Is Mars: Mesmerizing Ultra-High-Resolution NASA Photos at the Intersection of Art and Science

Unprecedented look at the ever-enchanting Red Planet, at once more palpable and more mysterious than ever.

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“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter
“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter

“A public library keeps no intentional secrets about its mechanisms; a search engine keeps many.”

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Gay Talese’s First Mac: The Godfather of Literary Journalism on His Secret Love of Typography
Gay Talese’s First Mac: The Godfather of Literary Journalism on His Secret Love of Typography

The writing craft between an Olivetti typewriter, 512 kB of memory, and a pad of yellow legal paper.

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Bill Moggridge, Designer of the First Laptop, on Human-Centered Design
Bill Moggridge, Designer of the First Laptop, on Human-Centered Design

“It doesn’t occur to most people that everything is designed — that every building and everything they touch in the world is designed.”

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Space for Equality: NASA Joins the <em>It Gets Better</em> Project
Space for Equality: NASA Joins the It Gets Better Project

“It’s becoming the new normal — you’re being defined by your character and not by whom you love.”

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Letter to Borges: Susan Sontag on Books, Self-Transcendence, and Reading in the Age of Screens
Letter to Borges: Susan Sontag on Books, Self-Transcendence, and Reading in the Age of Screens

“Books are not only the arbitrary sum of our dreams, and our memory. They also give us the model of self-transcendence… a way of being fully human.”

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Rare Book Feast: John Christopher Jones’s Seminal Vintage Vision for the Future of Design
Rare Book Feast: John Christopher Jones’s Seminal Vintage Vision for the Future of Design

Sowing the seeds of human futures, one pioneering worksheet at a time.

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A Brief Visual History of Space and Astronomy in 250 Milestones
A Brief Visual History of Space and Astronomy in 250 Milestones

From the Big Bang to the end of time, or what a pioneering female astronomer has to do with Sagan’s petty nemeses.

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The Surprising History of the Pencil
The Surprising History of the Pencil

What medieval smuggling has to do with the atomic structure of carbon.

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Gorgeous Black-and-White Vintage Photos of Early NASA Facilities
Gorgeous Black-and-White Vintage Photos of Early NASA Facilities

From the wind tunnels the made commercial aviation possible to the analog machines that preceded the computer, a visual history of the spirit of innovation presently unworthy of the government’s dollar.

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