How a Virus Invades Your Body: An Eye-Popping, Animated Look

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It’s getting close to that time of the year again, when the flu starts to wreak havoc.


A Vintage Infographic of the Human Brain: The Wonders Within Your Head (1938)

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From the December 6, 1938 issue of LOOK magazine comes this vintage “infographic” showing “The Wonders Within Your Head.” It takes the human brain/head and presents it as a series of rooms, each carrying out a different function.


Sarcasm Can Boost Creativity According to Research From Harvard & Columbia Business Schools

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Echoing Bill Murray, the Urban Dictionary defines sarcasm as “your body’s natural defense against stupid,” noting that it’s “the highest form of wit” in countries like the UK, but the lowest in America, owing to the population’s inability to detect whether or not one is being sarcastic.


Why Sitting Is The New Smoking: An Animated Explanation

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During the past year, sitting has become the new smoking. “Past studies have found,” declares a 2014 article in The New York Times, “the more hours that people spend sitting, the more likely they are to develop diabetes, heart disease and other conditions, and potentially to die prematurely — even if they exercise regularly.


What Kind of Bird Is That?: A Free App From Cornell Will Give You the Answer

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Part of the mission of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is to help people answer the question, “What is that bird?” And so, in collaboration with the Visipedia research project, they’ve designed Merlin, a free app available on iTunes and Google Play.


The Poetry of the Cherry Blossoms Comes to Life in a One Minute Time Lapse Video

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Are we to look at cherry blossoms only in full bloom, the moon only when it is cloudless? To long for the moon while looking on the rain, to lower the blinds and be unaware of the passing of spring—these are even more deeply moving. Branches about to blossom or gardens strewn with faded flowers are worthier of our admiration.


Watch Björk’s 6 Favorite TED Talks, From the Mushroom Death Suit to the Virtual Choir

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Singer-songwriter Björk, currently enjoying a career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, celebrated TED’s billionth video view with a playlist of six treasured TED Talks.


What It’s Like to Be Color Blind and See Art in Color for the First Time

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We all know that saying about walking in another’s shoes, but what about seeing through another’s eyeballs? I’m not talking about perspective. I’m talking about color. As in I see it, and my husband doesn’t. At least not the way I do.
His coping mechanism is to challenge me whenever I refer to something as “blue.


Hysterical Literature: Art & Sexuality Collide in Readings of Whitman, Emerson & Other Greats (NSFW)

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Without shame the man I like knows and avows the deliciousness of his sex, 
Without shame the woman I like knows and avows hers.
Thus spaketh Walt Whitman in Leaves of Grass.


Watch 570 Million Years of Evolution on Earth in 60 Seconds

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570 millions years of evolution. That’s a lot of ground to cover. And it could be like watching paint dry. But not when it flies by in 60 seconds, with a groovy soundtrack by I-Konic. First come the arthropods. Next some friendly fish, all followed by land plants, flying insects, amphibians, and reptiles.


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