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Learning About Humanity on Public Transportation

There is no public transportation more recognizable or documented than the New York Subway. In it you'll find artists, scholars, bankers, and just ...

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Making it in America

Today a hard-working, single mother of two girls, Alma is a seamstress working in the factory at American Apparel. At 6:15am sharp Alma and her tea...

Courageous Inspiring Heartwarming

Good Night, Margaret

When Margaret “Muffi” Lavigne and Chris Plum, both with muscular dystrophy, met at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Conn., their lives...

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Will Overpopulation and Resource Scarcity Drive Cannibalism?

Stanford professor Paul Ehrlich made headlines last month when he told journalists that overpopulation and resource scarcity would eventually drive...

Jaw-dropping Fascinating Informative

Still, God Helps You

Snatched from a marketplace in Sudan and sold into slavery at the age of six, William Mawwin became one of millions of people in the world enduring...

Inspiring Informative

The death of the American mall

Malls were once the go-to spot for weekend afternoons or a good round of retail therapy. With the rise of e-commerce and rapidly urbanizing populat...

Fascinating Informative

The Isolated World of Being a Smoker

As the glamour of smoking rapidly fades and smoking sections shrink, those still living with the habit are beginning to be seen as outcasts, holdin...

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Rick Rubin: Music and Spirituality

"The more you understand silence, that's when the balance comes." Recording artist whisperer and all-around wizened sage Rick Rubin contemplates li...

Inspiring Informative

Wrap-Genius

If we're lucky, we get to eat three times a day -- and a few indiscretionary snacks here and there (we won't tell if you don't). But few of us stop...

Fascinating Informative Innovative

The Next America

If you asked most people, they wouldn't name statistics at something that strikes a chord or moves them - number crunching is left to more technica...

Fascinating Informative

Water

71% of the Earth's surface is covered in water. We've explored into outer space for thousands of light years, climbed the tallest mountains, and ye...

Beautiful Innovative

Borderland

The immigration debate has plagued America for decades. The United States is the wealthiest in the entire world. It was founded as a haven for thos...

Beautiful Informative

The Geography of Small Talk

How you start a conversation with a stranger depends on where you live. We survey the diverse geography of American greetings—from Honolulu to Hays...

Fascinating Informative

First Kiss

There's a special kind of intimacy that comes with kissing. In most cases, it's done with someone you know and care for deeply. It requires trust, ...

Fascinating Beautiful Heartwarming

In Huge Breakthrough, Iceland Has Uncovered the Ultimate Renewable ...

On Jan. 16, the Icelandic Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) announced that it has successfully built the world's first magma-powered geothermal energy s...

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The boy whose brain could unlock autism

“He was super active, batteries running nonstop,” says his sister, Kali. And it wasn’t just boyish energy: When his parents tried to set limits, th...

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One World Trade Center: The Top of America

The 9/11 Memorial that opened in 2011 is somber and beautiful, but what the site still needs is something that climbs, something that speaks to the...

Jaw-dropping Beautiful Informative

SpaceX just made rocket launches affordable

The enormous expense of rocket launches—especially to the heights needed to keep a large satellite orbiting in a fixed spot over Earth—is a problem...

Informative

Invisible Networks: One Woman's Fantastic Quest to Photograph the L...

We tend to think of the Internet as vast and infinite, an amorphous nebula of tweets, cats, and words spilled on Flappy Bird. And to an extent, we'...

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Retweet Artist: Writer architects heartbreaking story with tweets

When the merits of Twitter are debated, one sentiment invariably is at the top of the con column: 140 characters are seldom enough to express the f...

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