Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Sleep Plan: He Slept Two Hours a Day for Two Years & Felt “Vigorous” and “Alert”

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One potential drawback of genius, it seems, is restlessness, a mind perpetually on the move. Of course, this is what makes many celebrated thinkers and artists so productive. That and the extra hours some gain by sacrificing sleep. Voltaire reportedly drank up to 50 cups of coffee a day, and seems to have suffered no particularly ill effects.

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How Did Beethoven Compose His 9th Symphony After He Went Completely Deaf?

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You don’t need to know anything at all about classical music, nor have any liking for it even, to be deeply moved by that most famous of symphonies, Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th—“perhaps the most iconic work of the Western musical tradition,” writes The Juilliard Journal in an article about its handwritten score.

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Giant Dinosaurs Travel Down the Hudson River: See What Awestruck New Yorkers Witnessed in 1963

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Amazing things happen every day in New York City—some spontaneous, some whose execution is carefully planned over weeks and months.

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The Birth Control Handbook: The Underground Student Publication That Let Women Take Control of Their Bodies (1968)

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Central to Michel Foucault’s theory of “governmentality” is what he calls “biopower,” an “explosion of numerous and diverse techniques for achieving the subjugations of bodies and the control of populations.

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The Science of Why We Laugh

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Laughter is universal. And yet strange when you think about it. One moment we’re doing nothing particularly noteworthy. The next moment we’re convulsing and making these loud staccato guffaws. Odd that.

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Was There a First Human Language?: Theories from the Enlightenment Through Noam Chomsky

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During the 17th and 18th centuries, European Enlightenment philosophers discarded the origin stories in religious texts as wildly implausible or simply allegorical. But they found themselves charged with coming up with their own, naturalistic explanations for the origins of life, law, morality, etc.

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Watch the Celebrated Ballerina Anna Pavlova Perform “The Dying Swan” (1925)

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Prepare my swan costume.
— alleged last words of ballerina Anna Pavlova, as reported by her husband
The Internet suggests that swans are fairly tough specimens, quick to hiss and flap at any YouTuber unwise enough to violate their personal space with a video camera.

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Watch Bacteria Become Resistant to Antibiotics in a Matter of Days: A Quick, Stop-Motion Film

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The video above should terrify you a little. Recorded at Harvard Medical School (HMS), the time-motion film lets you see “bacteria [Escherichia coli] develop resistance to increasingly higher doses of antibiotics in a matter of days.

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The Spellbinding Art of Human Anatomy: From the Renaissance to Our Modern Times

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Many of us have a fraught relationship with what medical illustrator Vanessa Ruiz, above, refers to as our anatomical selves.
You may have received the Visible Man for your 8th birthday, only to forget, some thirty years later, what your spleen looks like, where it’s located and what it does.

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Oliver Sacks’ Final Interview: A First Look

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It’s been nearly a year since the poet laureate of medicine, author and neurologist Oliver Sacks, took his final bow as a sentient being on this beautiful planet, succumbing, at 82, to metastases of ocular melanoma which spread to his liver.
The New Yorker marks the occasion by publishing Sacks’ fellow neurologist and author Dr.

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