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Beauty and Brains

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This gallery of brain-inspired paintings by a neuroscience-PhD-turned-artist has a lovely minimalist quality for work inspired by such a complex organ. 

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Those talking heads on the TV screen don’t know as much as they think they do, and with this primer on 5 False Assumptions Political Pundits Make All the Time, you can avoid their gaffes and become the smuggest person around the watercooler the next day.

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Vanity Fair wants you to know that they saw those Oscar winners coming before you did: for the past 20 years they've used their Vanities section to showcase stars on the rise. Here, they look back at some of their best predictions, including Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, and both Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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Happy 90th birthday, Time! This two-minute montage pays homage to 90 years of its historical magazine covers.

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Finalists in Smithsonian’s 2012 Photo Contest have entries in the categories of The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana and Altered Images. Voting is open until March 29th, but so many of the images are stunning that you’ll have your work cut out for you.

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According to this comparison of the most popular American baby names from 1994 to those of current Yale undergraduates, prerequisites for Ivy League admission are high SAT scores, extracurriculars, and that you not be named Brandon, Ashley, Justin, or Courtney.

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For you Papal completists in the audience, The Guardian has a list of every Pope ever. Gotta catch ‘em all.

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For the next two years, a public art display of 25,000 LEDs along San Francisco’s Bay Bridge will light up the sky each night from dusk to 2:00 a.m.

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Dogs Deliberately Smile at Us
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Dogs Have Pet Facial Expressions to Use on Humans, Study Finds. They learn what we like, and use it to communicate with us.

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Harvesting Cork in Rural Spain. It takes 25 years from planting to the first harvest, then nine years until the next one.

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The Year of the Witch. Hartford, Connecticut, spent 1662 and 1663 in a frenzy to identify witches among the townspeople.

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Burger King Reveals the Uncomfortable Truth About Bullying in a Remarkable In-Store Stunt. The premise is goofy, but the last minute will get you right in the feels.

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What Does the Hamburger Helper’s Skeleton Look Like? Each possibility is more ridiculous than the last.

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A Catfishing With a Happy Ending. The man she met online was an impostor, but then she met the guy he had stolen a profile picture from.

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5 Weird Pieces of Vintage Parenting Advice. Aren't you glad we have all the answers now?

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The Haunted Hospital. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been a TB hospital, a nursing home, a failed religious monument, and now a paranormal investigation site.

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When Movie Trailers Mislead
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7 Times Misleading Movie Trailers Didn't Align with the Film. The trailer's only purpose is to get you into the theater, where you may be surprised.

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Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See. The effect is produced mechanically instead of chemically.

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Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl. DNA analysis and a painstaking records search have given her a name and a history.

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Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The making of the 1939 film was an extreme experience for its star.

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Learn to Make Alien Facehugger Pudding Cups for Your Halloween Party. They have edible Alien eggs and facehuggers, they fizz, they glow in the dark, and they're delicious!

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene. More than just the founder of Jefferson Airplane, he encouraged the opening of clubs and auditoriums, promoted festivals, and welcomed bands from all over.

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The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence way. See some really funny examples here.

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11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is Relaxing. That's a lot of reasons to go outside today.

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