What if a solar storm of the sort that the earth experienced in 1859 were to hit again? (Spoiler alert-- It would be bad. Very bad.)
(Plus- Riccioli)
“Doubt thou the stars are fire”*…

Slip on your shades at: bit.ly/2ZJOA6J

The remarkable story of an unsung hero of modern America: "Elbertie Foudray and the Adventure of Life"
(Plus- Custer's Last Stand)
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself”*…

Credit where credit is due: bit.ly/2FudGyV

How alphabet books handled "x" before x-rays and xylophones
(Plus- Giambattista Vico)
“X marks the spot”*…

Examine exemplary examples: bit.ly/2WUsaxP

"A People Map of the US," in which city names are replaced by their most Wikipedia’ed resident: people born in, lived in, or connected to a place
(Plus- RIP, Kodachrome)
“Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent”*…

Obsess on obsession: bit.ly/2Rtm5Yc

Mickey Finn, NYC piano tuner: "He's Got the Keys to the City" (Plus- the LP)
“The piano ain’t got no wrong notes”*…

Tickle the ivories at: bit.ly/2N1l4YA

The ultimate act of dissent? "Milkshakes, Eggs, and Other Throwable Protest Foods, Ranked"
(Plus- The Rosemary Stretch)
“Where there is power, there is resistance”*…

Shop with care: bit.ly/2x19S3B

Mary Hallock Greenewalt received 11 patents for her “color organ,” an early form of synthesizer. She spent the rest of her life defending them: "Industrial Light and Magic"
(Plus- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court)
My ambition was to live like music”*…

Celebrate synesthesia: bit.ly/2RlhS8W

3D printed portraits made with DNA from cigarette butts (Plus- the first genetically-engineered vaccine)
“Life is a DNA software system”*…

Noodle on nature and nurture: bit.ly/2Fi9S3s

The story of the match-up between Agnes Scott and Princeton on the GE College Bowl in 1966: "The Greatest Upset in Quiz Show History."
(Plus- Susan LaFlesche Picotte)
“An investment in knowledge almost always pays the best interest”*…

Celebrate cerebral celerity: bit.ly/2x0Of3q

A prophetic @hrheingold in 2000: "How Will The Internet Influence Democracy?"
(Plus- the company that became IBM)

Try harder: bit.ly/2IM7BPe

Why book subtitles are getting ridiculously long...
(Plus- Louis Duncan and the Rev. W Awdry)
“I subscribe to the Fiona Apple school of titles: I wanted people to know exactly what they were getting into”*…

Search for optimization: bit.ly/2FbAkMl

Africa has never lacked civilizations, nor has it ever been as cut off from world events as it has been routinely portrayed: "Africa's Lost Kingdoms"
(Plus- Ethiopianism)
“The worst thing that colonialism did was to cloud our view of our past”*…

The continent’s “darkness” is our own: bit.ly/2F81WSA

The many ways that concrete's benefits can mask enormous dangers to the planet, to human health – and to culture itself: "Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth."
(Plus- Linus Yale's lock)
“They swore by concrete. They built for eternity.”*…

Muse on materials: bit.ly/2XRvZFa

ust in time for vacation planning, Darius Kazemi (@tinysubversions) explains "How to be a library archive tourist."
(Plus- J.R. Bray's "The Artist's Dream")
“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.”*…

Unearth gems: bit.ly/2Ww1a7z

Data visualizer extraordinaire Eleanor Lutz has announced "An Atlas of Space"
(Plus- Daniel Kirkwood)
“Few things are more enjoyable than lingering over the atlas and plotting a trip”*…

See stars: bit.ly/2WsOQoN

The 15th-century guide that enabled the rise of modern corporations: "A revolutionary treatise goes on the block"
(Plus- the window envelope)
“There is no business like show business. There is also no business like certified public accounting, but that doesn’t rhyme as well.”*…

Count carefully: bit.ly/2WRlNj5

What neuroscience is doing to art: "Gustav Klimt in the Brain Lab"
(Plus- Jacob Lawrence)
“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance”*…

Think about thinking about it: bit.ly/31mFK0g

How did facial hair win American men’s hearts and minds? Thank the war on terror: "The Sum of All Beards"
(Plus- Muhammad)
“The abundance of beards in periods of social unrest, times of revolt or upheaval, should be noted”*…

Hail the hirsute: bit.ly/2Xyoh2F

The man who gave supply-side economics its graphic icon, the Laffer Curve: "Trump is giving Arthur Laffer the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Economists aren’t smiling."
(Plus- Elizabeth Craig)
“The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else”*…

Grapple with graphs: bit.ly/2XxLLoK

Places often mean more to people than money: "Why Some Americans Won’t Move, Even for a Higher Salary"
(Plus- refugees refused)
“The danger is that in this move toward new horizons and far directions, that I may lose what I have now, and not find anything except loneliness”*…

Contemplate change: bit.ly/2WjC2kn

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