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Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly Be passionate. Be courageous. Be your best. On January 8, 2011, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot in the head while meeting constituents in her home town of Tucson, Arizona. TED: Ideas worth spreading

TED: Ideas worth spreading

Futility Closet Bilingual palindromes, offered by Luc Étienne in Palindromes Bilingues, 1984: Mon Eva rêve ton image, bidet! = Ted, I beg, am I not ever a venom?Untrodden russet!

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Brain Pickings By: Maria Popova What a 13,000-year-old eucalyptus tree reveals about the meaning of human life. “Our overblown intellectual faculties seem to be telling us both that we are eternal and that we are not,” philosopher Stephen Cave observed in his poignant meditation on our mortality paradox And yet we continue to long for the secrets of that ever-elusive eternity. For nearly a decade, Brooklyn-based artist, photographer, and Guggenheim Fellow Rachel Sussman has been traveling the globe to discover and document its oldest organisms — living things over 2,000 years of age. Her breathtaking photographs and illuminating essays are now collected in The Oldest Living Things in the World (public library) — beautiful and powerful work at the intersection of fine art, science, and philosophy, spanning seven continents and exploring issues of deep time, permanence and impermanence, and the interconnectedness of life. Llareta

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The Art of Manliness | Men’s Interests and Lifestyle

The Art of Manliness | Men’s Interests and Lifestyle Ditch the Pavement: Trail Running 101 by A Manly Guest Contributor Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Doug Hay.

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