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“When kids are born, they’re already little scientists exploring the world,” Estela Renner, director of a new film about babies’ development.

“The mechanism is like the consistency of pastry, like filo dough,” Brendan Foley, a marine archaeologist, on a machine from 200 B.C.

“You don’t just want the bad guy to get it, you want the bad guy to get it so he hurts,”David Edelstein, a film critic, on how justice works in movies

“The waste of resources is immense, not even accounting for the time … we could rather spend as productive members of society instead of as rats navigating the healthcare maze,” an Atlantic reader on the difficulty of getting health insurance for a newborn.

(Previous quotes from our sources here)