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The (Actual) Magic of Mona Lisa’s Smile

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Great art can be hard to “get”, but here’s how the Leonardo da Vinci used his masterful understanding of human perception to craft the Mona Lisa and transfix us 500 years later!

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6 minutes

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Why Does Human Skin Come in So Many Shades?

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The way humans have adapted to suit life in all corners of the planet tells the extraordinary story of our history as a species. Here’s the science behind it all!

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15 minutes

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Why Does van Gogh’s The Starry Night Captivate Us?

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We’ve all seen this painting before, but why do we love it so much? The answer is a fascinating mix of science, legend, mathematics, and our place in the universe.

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21 minutes

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Vesuvius and Reading the Ancient Knowledge in a Charred Library

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When Mt. Vesuvius erupted, an entire society was preserved in moments. This is the kind of story that brings us some truly amazing insights and silver linings, especially when two very smart people, some ancient scrolls, and particle accelerator are involved.

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17 minutes

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Did Snowboarding Actually Originate in Turkey?

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We think of the modern snowboard is a fairly recent innovation, but people in Turkey have been sliding down snow-covered hills on the petranboard for centuries!

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10 minutes

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Let Us Bridge Some #GenerationalDifference

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Let’s talk about a controversy that we’ve all had to experience. What do you call this little symbol: “#”? Whether you call it a hashtag or a pound sign, today we explore its fascinating origins.

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22 minutes

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Could Holograms Change our History Records?

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In this exhibit, you can sit across from a holocaust survivor and ask them about their story. The thing is, these people aren’t really there! So, how does this work? And what is it like for them to know their experience is protected from time?

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24 minutes

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Grab Your Hat! You’re About to Become a Space Archaeologist.

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Ever wished that you could be the one to discover an amazing ancient site? Well, what if we told you that you can be, by connecting to a satellite, yourself!?

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20 minutes

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A Tour of the Wonders of Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is quickly becoming a reality, and most of us barely understand what it means. No wonder there is a lot of fear and a shortage of wonder on the topic. Today we change all that with an expert guide!

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12 minutes

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Reviving Culture Through Music

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Music provides some of our richest cultural heritage, so how is it being preserved for generations to come? Here are a few remarkable people working hard to preserve the sounds from our past.

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15 minutes

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Cheers to Years of Tradition

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Let EWC help you celebrate the holiday season by spotlighting some of the oldest and quirkiest brews in the world! From enjoying beers the Pharaohs would have sipped to wine fermented at the bottom of the sea, these brewmasters are certainly proving it’s still an amazing world!

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50 minutes

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Testing Your Limits on a Journey to the North Pole

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Would you trek through the arctic with no training? For first all-women North Pole Expedition, this was only the first question these women had to answer.

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8 minutes

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Bringing Color Back to our Past

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What stories do images from the past tell us? How might they speak to us differently if we could easily see ourselves reflected in them?

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7 minutes

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What Claude Monet’s Cataracts Revealed

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We all know about his fabulous artwork, but we might not all know that Claude Monet developed cataracts. Lucky for us, he was able to show us how they changed his world through his paintings, and It’s Okay to be Smart gives us a deeper look into this…

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How Did We Get Music?

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We now have access to any song we’d like right in the palm of our hand…but how did we get here?

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7 minutes

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The Surprising World of Color

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How much do we know about these various wavelengths of light that are constantly bouncing off the surfaces around us?

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16 minutes

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The Story Behind Cassini’s Remarkable Dive Into Saturn

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Now here’s a remarkable source of wonder that the 24-hour news cycle could barely find time to show us! But if you want to be transformed, and wear a broad smile every time you look up at the night sky, dive into this article. (There are a few real miracles in this story!)

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The Day the Darkness Brought Us Together

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Though the Great American Eclipse has passed, the lessons we learned that day about our greater sense of possibility and connection are something we can pause to celebrate and carry with us!

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8 minutes

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The Very Human Origins of the Modern Computer

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Did you know, before the invention of programmable computers there were human computers? Let us introduce you to one of those human computers who also played an important role in shaping computers as we know them today!

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8 minutes

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A Fascinating, Long Winded History

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You’ve most likely seen the new generation of wind turbines twirling happily in the distance, but do we know how crucial these contraptions have been to humankind for thousands of years? Let’s rediscover the power of the wind.

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The Traditions of This Tribe Have Left Quite a Mark

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What you can find in the mountains of the Philippines may stay with you forever, especially if you happen to visit Apo Whang-Od in her village. She’s single handedly working and teaching to keep her culture’s tradition alive!

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6 minutes

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The Fossil Record of Mythical Beasts?

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In a time before we understood extinction, how did people interpret the fossils they found? From Griffins to snakes turned to stone through prayer, here are just some of the explanations we’ve used through time!

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31 minutes

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Amazing Founders’ Stories: Instagram and Airbnb

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The founders of some of our favorite innovations -Instagram, Airbnb, Tom’s Shoes, Zumba – have stories of catastrophic failures followed by “ah-ha” moments. Now here’s a place for some optimism!

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8 minutes

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The Innovations that Changed us from Agriculture to Astronauts

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Can the past help us to imagine a brighter future? The history of humanity is filled with remarkable innovations, perhaps it’s time we took a second to celebrate them and gain a little perspective on how far we’ve come!

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Your Smile is a Storyteller

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When it comes to decoding the history of humanity, did you know ancient teeth are some of our greatest assets? Yes, the humble tooth can provide us with an incredible window into the past!

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23 minutes

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What Makes Stonehenge So Remarkable?

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By looking closely at the landscape around Stonehenge we can catch a glimpse at the people who built and used it. Yes, there is much more to it than meets the eye!

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The Sound Mirrors of WWII

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Have you ever considered what’s next, after cell phones, GPS and the internet? We are never at an end point you know. Here’s a bit of wonder that reminds us to always consider what’s next!

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9 minutes

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How Meteorites Changed our Understanding of Space

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Throughout history, there have been discoveries that shifted our perspective on the world. Here’s how meteorites changed our understanding of the cosmos!

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Redefining Failure with Brilliant Scientific Accidents

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Sometimes failure can be an incredible catalyst for curiosity! Here are a few brilliant scientific accidents that turned failure into possibility!

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