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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In Touching Video, People with Alzheimer’s Tell Us Which Memories They Never Want to Forget

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Director Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s 1999 film Afterlife tasks its recently deceased characters with choosing a single memory to take with them, as they move into the great unknown.
The subjects of “On Memory,” above, are all very much alive, but they too, have great cause to sift through a lifetime’s worth of memories.

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Act of Love: A Strange, Wonderful Visual Dictionary of Animal Courtship

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As various nature documentaries over the years have made explicit, the animal kingdom possesses courtship rituals of such yearning and grace, they can make the erotic fumblings of our species seem a very clumsy dance indeed.

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You Can Find the Proof of Evolution in Our Own Spare Body Parts: From Third Molars to Vestigial Tails

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Looking for proof of evolution? Perhaps you don’t need to look much beyond your own body. Created by Vox, the video above highlights the vestigial body parts and traits we’ve retained from earlier points in our evolutionary history.

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The First Photo-Illustrated Book, Anna Atkins’ Austerely Beautiful Photographs of British Algae (1843)

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Some of our favorite, and most popular, posts at Open Culture focus on book illustration. From fine art to graphic design, from the sublime to the ridiculous to the purely technical, the art used to visualize beloved works of literature and scientific texts captivates us.

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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.

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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.

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