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Sketchbook pages and the Power of Friendship

So! The news has been pretty depressing lately, especially if you’re like me and can’t stay away from the all the political wonkery around this year’s election no matter how hard you try (ETA: and it’s only gotten worse since I wrote that last night). I’ve resorted to comfort drawing, …

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Higher Mathematics Meets High Culture

Marcus du Sautoy is a mathematician known for bringing an appreciation of mathematics to the masses. He’s done many television programs, popular mathematics books, theater productions and musical performances. He has an exhilarating new series of radio essays about artists who he represents as secret mathematicians. This superb series is …

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Book Nerd – A Future Wrapped in Foil

In fire and winter, raiders and plague, that’s how the world ended in A Gift Upon the Shore, a 1990 novel by M. K. Wren. But when most post-apocalyptic stories at the time were about being hard and tough, about grit and guns, Wren’s tale is about being smart. In …

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What do new years’ resolutions have to do with a growth mindset?

It’s that time again, the first few weeks of the year when everyone dusts off their best selves and resolves that this is the year, right now, when they will really make a change. I’m no different; I’ve spent plenty of time in the last two weeks restructuring my work …

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The Crystals of Mystery

I recently inherited some items from my grandfather. That’s not quite right. I was recently given some memorabilia from my grandfather’s career at NASA that had probably been sitting in a drawer for decades because I showed interest. I’d know that he’d worked for NASA for most of his career …

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Downtown Turkeys: Wildlife Lives Just Down the Street.

Most of the time it seems like we humans have managed to wall ourselves off from the environment pretty effectively. We have built sturdy houses, moved into towns and cities, and found any number of ways to hide out from nature. But every once in a while we catch glimpses …

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‘Tis the season for spiced cranberry liqueur

One of my favorite things about this time of year is festive libations. For a few years, I’ve made a hobby of liqueur and infused liquor making and November – January brings a  challenge: cranberry liqueur. Sometimes my cranberry liqueur was too tart, too sweet, too much like Robitussin, and sometimes …

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Art of the Gaps: What is the origin of life on Earth?

Part of being human is having the drive to question the mysteries of the world around us. That questioning has led us to many answers over the millenia. Some of the biggest gaps in human knowledge have been answered by arbitrary communal consensus. These diverse myths and stories entertained and …

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