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April 8th, 2008

Improv Everywhere invaded a Little League baseball game played by unsuspecting ten-year-olds. They brought a cheering section, a Jumbotron, announcers, and a blimp!
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The Nova special The Elegant Universe explains why string theory might hold the key to unifying the four forces of nature. The three hours of video is broken down into 4-10 minute segments linked on one page.
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The Whitney Music Box combines music and mathematics. And it's a lot of fun, too!
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6 Quirks of Ownership: How Possessions Bend Our Perceptions. People who want to sell something tend to set the price far above what others think it's worth. That's human nature, but it isn't just greed.
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Take a look at what Antarctica would look like without all that ice. A glimpse into the future of global warming?
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A new study shows taking financial risks stimulates the same areas of the brain that sex does. That explains Las Vegas once and for all.
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How much do you know about St. Augustine? For one thing, he invented one of the best pickup lines ever.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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