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What if all your woes could be healed by some good thinking? Back in the 19th century, mesmerism was all the rage, merging nicely with the DIY Victorian parlor entertainment and hefty dose of quack medicine making the rounds — from questionable experiments in electricity to phrenology.

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The Sacrificial Glory of the Soviet Space Dogs

by Allison Meier on September 17, 2014

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As companions in our centuries of wandering and settling, dogs have given their loyalty blindly, in both good and bad, as sacrifices to animal testing, as scouts to survivors on battlefields, as guardians to sleep by the door at night.

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The public library in Stuttgart, Germany

A new survey by the Pew Research Center has found that the 16–29 demographic in the United States reads books and patronizes libraries at rates higher than those exhibited by adults over 30.

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Post image for A Desk That’s Your Future Coffin, GPS Shoes, and More Oddly Practical Inventions

London-based artist Dominic Wilcox sees potential for improvement in all aspects of life, whether it’s a GPS for remembering names in social situations or a work desk that could be a future coffin for “those who work hard all their lives and then die.”

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This month, the Brooklyn Public Library launched a free service for personalized recommendations from the people who know their books best — the librarians.

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Post image for Haida Master Carver Charles Edenshaw Finally Gets His Due

With incredible precision through a diversity of materials, Charles Edenshaw evoked the beauty of traditional Haida art at a time when this First Nations culture was on the precipice of disappearing.

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Post image for Dispatches from the Gateways to Death Valley

Two rural communities have ominously declared themselves the “Gateway to Death Valley” — Baker, California and Beatty, Nevada — each isolated as the last stop before miles of harsh landscape.

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Adrain Chesser,

There is a loose tribe living at nature’s margins in the United States, slaughtering goats raised by hand at Idaho’s Lost River and picking cherries growing wild in California’s Marble Mountain Wilderness.

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Post image for Photographing the Desert Where the Mountains Float

Given just the right optical conditions, a mountain can appear to hover above the Earth. Photographer Mike Osborne sought to capture that effect, and other fascinations of the landscape of the Great Basin Desert between Utah and Nevada, where the real world becomes alien.

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Typography in the Wild

by Allison Meier on July 2, 2014

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In the same tradition as birdwatching manuals, a recently published book is targeted at turning even the most oblivious of urban wanderers into typography spotters.

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