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Grit and the Secret of Success
Grit and the Secret of Success

How to cultivate the character quality that predicts excellence more than any other.

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Neil Gaiman on Why Scary Stories Appeal to Us, the Art of Fear in Children’s Books, and the Most Terrifying Ghosts Haunting Society
Neil Gaiman on Why Scary Stories Appeal to Us, the Art of Fear in Children’s Books, and the Most Terrifying Ghosts Haunting Society

“Fear is a wonderful thing, in small doses.”

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A Miraculous “Accident of Physics”: Carl Zimmer Explains How Feathers Evolved, Animated
A Miraculous “Accident of Physics”: Carl Zimmer Explains How Feathers Evolved, Animated

“Feathers are some of the most remarkable things ever made by an animal. They’re gorgeous in their complexity, delicate in their construction, and yet strong enough to hold a bird thousands of feet in the air.”

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We Are Made of Dead Stuff: Amazing Animation Made of Leaves
We Are Made of Dead Stuff: Amazing Animation Made of Leaves

“You and most of the matter in your body are just two or three degrees of separation from things like pond scum.”

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Happy Birthday, Standard Time: How the Railroads Gave Us Time Zones
Happy Birthday, Standard Time: How the Railroads Gave Us Time Zones

How the quest to prevent train collisions forever changed the global clock.

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Thoroughly Conscious Ignorance: How the Power of Not-Knowing Drives Progress and Why Certainty Stymies the Evolution of Knowledge
Thoroughly Conscious Ignorance: How the Power of Not-Knowing Drives Progress and Why Certainty Stymies the Evolution of Knowledge

“It’s a wonderful idea: thoroughly conscious ignorance.”

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