Archive of Handwritten Recipes (1600 – 1960) Will Teach You How to Stew a Calf’s Head and More

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If you’ve ever tried to follow a recipe from your grandmother’s collection, squinting at her spidery writing on a stained 3×5 card, you might be a candidate for the University of Iowa Libraries’ latest DIY History project.


Mountain Biker Joy Rides on a $13,000 Carbon Road Bike

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Professional cycling has certainly seen better days. Last week, the International Cycling Union formally stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles. This came after Armstrong refused to contest an evidence-filled case prepared by the U.S.


Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi Square Off in a Monstrous Game of Chess (1934)

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Long before the release of the cult film Dracula vs. Frankenstein (Rotten Tomatoes calls the 1971 movie “a slapdash epic of bad filmmaking”), the original stars of Dracula and Frankenstein met face to face–for a game of chess.


Isaac Asimov Explains His Three Laws of Robots

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A handful of futurists, philosophers, and technophiles believe we are approaching what they call the “singularity”: a point in time when smart machines became much smarter, stronger, and faster than their creators, and then become self-conscious. If there’s any chance of this occurring, it’s worthwhile to ponder the consequences.


The Known Universe: The Hayden Planetarium’s Tour of the Cosmos Gets a Hans Zimmer Soundtrack

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The German composer Hans Zimmer has made a name for himself (and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) by creating original scores for films. You’ve heard his music, even if you haven’t heard of him. The Lion King, The Dark Knight and Inception are a few of the films he scored.


Watch James Burke’s TV Series Connections, and Discover the Unexpected History of Innovation

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Even if we didn’t grow up as science fans, all of us caught at least the occasional television show on science history. Some came expertly produced. Others packed the information to a very high density (by TV’s standards, at least). Others cracked jokes to keep our wits engaged.


50 Free Online Certificate Courses Starting Soon (Including Intro to Philosophy)

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A quick heads up: Several weeks back, we rolled out a handy list of Free Courses Granting Certificates from Great Universities. We started with 60 courses, and we’ve now added another 50.


Kermit the Frog Learns to Love Jazz Through “Visual Thinking” (1959)

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Jim Henson launched his first televised puppet program, Sam and Friends, when he was a freshman at the University of Maryland. The show ran for six years on NBC affiliate WRC-TV in Washington, DC.


New York is Empty: Art Imitates Life

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Talk about strange timing. On Tuesday, director Ross Ching released the third video in his “Empty America” series, and it shows New York City wiped clean of tourists and traffic. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that the video simply captured the city as it prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.


Lawrence Krauss Presents “Secular Sermon” on Theoretical Physics and the Meaning of Life

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Alain de Botton, the writer who “has always tried to get ideas to impact on the way we actually live,” started The School of Life in order to offer an education crafted “according to things we all tend to care about: careers, relationships, politics, travels, families.


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