The Force That Drives the Flower

Observing an especially fertile growing season outside her home in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the poet and essayist Annie Dillard reflects on the life cycle and the universal impulse to grow and reproduce.

The Runaway Presidency

As a steady stream of disturbing revelations surfaced in the Watergate investigation, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.—a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and a former adviser to President Kennedy—argued that under Richard Nixon's insidious influence, the power of the presidency had spiraled out of control.


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Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

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What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

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