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Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" Lives On

"We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it's forever." -Carl Sagan So ends this inspiring video in which Sagan reads from his classic Pale Blue Dot, while we see famous photographs and listen to the music of Sigur Rós. An intense, if oddly calming, way to start your day.

Warning: contains some brief graphic imagery, but of the "famous graphic photos" variety.

For more Sagan goodness, check out Your Morning Mind-Blow with Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: More Beautiful Carl Sagan Video, Carl Sagan Explains the Fourth Dimension, “Cosmos” Documentary, Auto-Tuned Vocals by Carl Sagan, ft. Stephen Hawking (Seriously), Documentaries I Like: Cosmos and The Late Movies: COSMOS. Let us know if you'd like more Sagan coverage; I'm sure we could mash Pale Blue Dot and/or COSMOS up with something else if you like.

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A Very Brief History of Chamber Pots

Some of the oldest chamber pots found by archeologists have been discovered in ancient Greece, but portable toilets have come a long way since then. Whether referred to as "the Jordan" (possibly a reference to the river), "Oliver's Skull" (maybe a nod to Oliver Cromwell's perambulating cranium), or "the Looking Glass" (because doctors would examine urine for diagnosis), they were an essential fact of life in houses and on the road for centuries. In this video from the Wellcome Collection, Visitor Experience Assistant Rob Bidder discusses two 19th century chamber pots in the museum while offering a brief survey of the use of chamber pots in Britain (including why they were particularly useful in wartime).

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A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room
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The Rare Book Room at the New York Academy of Medicine documents the evolution of our medical knowledge. Its books and artifacts are as bizarre as they are fascinating. Read more here.

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