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Mesmerizing Microphotography of the Hairs of Different Animals Under Polarized Light
Mesmerizing Microphotography of the Hairs of Different Animals Under Polarized Light

A technicolor serenade to the variousness of this world.

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Relationship Rupture and the Limbic System: The Physiology of Abandonment and Separation
Relationship Rupture and the Limbic System: The Physiology of Abandonment and Separation

“A relationship is a physiologic process, as real and as potent as any pill or surgical procedure.”

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How Money Was Born: The Small Seashell and the Fierce Maldivian Queen That Made the Modern World
How Money Was Born: The Small Seashell and the Fierce Maldivian Queen That Made the Modern World

How humanity turned another species into its first specie.

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A Chaos of Delight: Darwin on the Sublimity and Transcendence of Nature
A Chaos of Delight: Darwin on the Sublimity and Transcendence of Nature

“No one can stand in these solitudes unmoved, and not feel that there is more in man than the mere breath of his body.”

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A Language for the Exhilaration of Being Alive: The Poetic Physicist Alan Lightman on Music and the Universe
A Language for the Exhilaration of Being Alive: The Poetic Physicist Alan Lightman on Music and the Universe

“Nowhere is the joy of existence so apparent as in music… Intelligent life-forms have created a multitude of sounds that express their exhilaration at being alive.”

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The Enigma of the Eel: The Elusive Science of Earth’s Most Mysterious Creature
The Enigma of the Eel: The Elusive Science of Earth’s Most Mysterious Creature

“Science has come up against many mysteries, but few have proven as intractable and difficult to solve as the eel.”

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Astronomy as Existential Calibration: A Poetic Manifesto for Science from Two Centuries Before the Golden Age of Space Telescopes
Astronomy as Existential Calibration: A Poetic Manifesto for Science from Two Centuries Before the Golden Age of Space Telescopes

“Astronomy has enlarged the sphere of our conceptions, and opened to us a universe without bounds, where the human Imagination is lost.”

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Loneliness and the Trinity of Creativity: Ada Lovelace, the Poles of the Mind, and the Source of Her Imaginative Powers
Loneliness and the Trinity of Creativity: Ada Lovelace, the Poles of the Mind, and the Source of Her Imaginative Powers

“Those who have learned to walk on the threshold of the unknown worlds… may then with the fair white wings of Imagination hope to soar further into the unexplored amidst which we live.”

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The Everlasting Wonder of Being: How a Cold Cosmos Kindles the Glow of Consciousness
The Everlasting Wonder of Being: How a Cold Cosmos Kindles the Glow of Consciousness

How we went from quanta packages to the laughter of children on a summer afternoon.

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Psychedelic Dinosaurs, Four-Dimensional Hummingbirds, and How We Got Our Vision: Color, Consciousness, and the Dazzling Universe of Tetrachromacy
Psychedelic Dinosaurs, Four-Dimensional Hummingbirds, and How We Got Our Vision: Color, Consciousness, and the Dazzling Universe of Tetrachromacy

“When we pay attention to other animals, our own world expands and deepens.”

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