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Edward Tufte Wants You to See Better

Data scientist Edward Tufte (dubbed the "Galileo of graphics" by BusinessWeek) pioneered the field of data visualization. Tufte discusses what he calls "forever knowledge," and his latest projects: sculpting Richard Feynman's diagrams, and helping people "see without words."
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Rawn James: The Integration of the U.S. Military

In his new book, The Double V, the author argues that to understand race in America one must understand the history of African-Americans in the military. While the turning point came between WWI and WWII, the struggle began with the American Revolution.
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Inauguration Mashup: The Speech In 11 Easy Steps

Talk about new stuff, and gripe just a little: A handy video guide gives indispensable advice to inaugural speakers.
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'Mama': A Good Old-Fashioned Horror Movie

In an age of werewolves, hormonal vampires and endless sequels, horror movies have lost some edge. But Mama, starring Jessica Chastain, is an entertaining step in the right — which is to say backward — direction.
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The Inquisition: A Model For Modern Interrogators

The Inquisition revolutionized record-keeping and surveillance techniques that are still used today, says Cullen Murphy. His book God's Jury draws parallels between some of the interrogation techniques used in previous centuries with the ones used today.
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Acid Thrown In Face Of Bolshoi Ballet's Artistic Director; He May Lose Sight

Sergei Filin may have been attacked by someone who is angry about which dancers he has chosen for starring roles, his family and colleagues tell news outlets.
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Mixed Pickle: The Sweet And Sour Legacy Of Dutch Trade

What do salt, ancient Jewish pickle carts, the sometimes brutal Indonesian spice trade and Vincent Van Gogh have in common? They brought life to Dutch cuisine, specifically, the Dutch pickle.
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In A Fragmented Cultureverse, Can Pop References Still Pop?

In film and TV, pop culture references are meant to give a knowing nod to those in the audience who understand the joke. But in an increasingly segmented and diverse country, those jokes may be pulling in fewer laughs.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Jan. 18

A fashion and performance art event features burquas, bikinis, and six scandalous ways to wear a sari and a piano battle. 

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