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The Mirror and the Meme: A 600-Year History of the Selfie
The Mirror and the Meme: A 600-Year History of the Selfie

How glass, tin, and mercury converged on a Venetian island in the 15th century to fundamentally change the way we look at ourselves.

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The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo Invented Timekeeping and Forever Changed Modern Life
The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo Invented Timekeeping and Forever Changed Modern Life

How the invisible hand of the clock powered the Industrial Revolution and sparked the Information Age.

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The Unsung Heroes of Innovation: A 1964 Manifesto for the Role of the Critic-Curator in How Ideas Spread
The Unsung Heroes of Innovation: A 1964 Manifesto for the Role of the Critic-Curator in How Ideas Spread

“It would be a mistake to distinguish too sharply between those who contribute a new way of doing and those who contribute a new way of thinking.”

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100 Ideas That Changed the Web
100 Ideas That Changed the Web

From the mouse to the GIF, by way of the long tail and technology’s forgotten female pioneers.

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Reconfiguring Reality: An Atlas of Alternative Maps by Ed Ruscha, Yoko Ono, Damien Hirst, John Maeda, Kevin Kelly, John Baldessari, and Other Icons
Reconfiguring Reality: An Atlas of Alternative Maps by Ed Ruscha, Yoko Ono, Damien Hirst, John Maeda, Kevin Kelly, John Baldessari, and Other Icons

“Maps are errors to arrive at truth.”

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Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark on Trust, Integrity, Human Nature, and Why a Steady Moral Compass Is the Best Investment
Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark on Trust, Integrity, Human Nature, and Why a Steady Moral Compass Is the Best Investment

“What surprises me, in a way, is how almost universally people are trustworthy and good.”

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What the Future of Robots Reveals About the Human Condition
What the Future of Robots Reveals About the Human Condition

“I find it touchingly poetic to think that as our technology grows more advanced, we may grow more human.”

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Rosie Revere, Engineer: A Stereotype-Defying Children’s Book Celebrating the Value of Failure
Rosie Revere, Engineer: A Stereotype-Defying Children’s Book Celebrating the Value of Failure

An illustrated ode to the brilliant flops that pave the way for brilliant breakthroughs.

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How William Gibson Coined “Cyberspace”
How William Gibson Coined “Cyberspace”

The moment when fragments of reality were “mushed together” to describe a new realm.

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July 18, 1992: The First Photo Uploaded to the Web, of CERN’s All-Girl Science Rock Band
July 18, 1992: The First Photo Uploaded to the Web, of CERN’s All-Girl Science Rock Band

Love and science set to song, from quarks to colliders.

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