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Beauty and Brains

Greg Dunn
Greg Dunn

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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Why Restaurants Love Buffets Even More Than You Do
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iStock

Why Restaurants Love Buffets Even More Than You Do. While you get all you can eat, they profit in several ways.

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Kate Middleton’s Postpartum Look Sums Up Our Untenable Expectations for Women. Seven hours after the prince was born, she was posing for pictures.

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When the U.S. Kept Losing Nuclear Bombs. Some are still out there, waiting to be found someday.

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Play Saturn's Rings Like a Harp. An image of the rings from the Cassini probe has been linked to harp sounds, so you can pluck them with your mouse.

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Feed the World With Bad Music: The Wacky World of Charity Singles. There have been a lot more of them than you realized.

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Mitchel Wu Has a Lot of Toys. They are the subjects of his photographs, placed in unexpected settings in odd combinations that show us another side to life as a pop culture icon toy.

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Decoding My Pup's DNA. More evidence that mutts are the best.

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How Did Saloons in the Old West Lock Their Doors at Night? The swinging doors you see in Westerns weren't up to real security.

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The Battle of New York: An Avengers Oral History
Marvel
Marvel

The Battle of New York: An Avengers Oral History. It took a huge team of professionals to pull it off.

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The Mountain Man Who Outran His Captors Barefoot and Naked. John Colter had to think fast to escape Blackfoot country.

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A Program to Guide You to College Success. First-generation college students do much better when they have personal guidance from trained counselors.

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When Don the Talking Dog Took the Nation by Storm. He only knew eight words, but was the hit of the vaudeville circuit.

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A Spring Drive in Nepal. A driver must have nerves of steel to avoid waterfalls cascading over the mountain road.

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The Heart-Racing Drama of Dissecting a Beached Whale. Dr. Joy Reidenberg shares stories from her unique job.

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The Robot-Operated Power Plant of the Future. One is already being built in Japan.

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7 Times People Were Awarded Lifetime Supplies Of Things. That's the way to make a few lifetime fans.

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