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We think we’re starting to understand better what it is to be a bird,” Alex Kacelnik, who studies animal behavior at the University of Oxford.

“I wanted this to be something people could stand in front of and just be like, ‘Holy shit, nature is so awesome,’” Greg Dunn, co-creator of a new Philadelphia art installation that depicts a slice through the brain.

“How do you become literate when there are no available resources,” Susan Neiman, a childhood and literacy-education researcher at New York University.

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Rogelio V. Solis / AP

“There are parents in our school that can’t put enough cents together to get a coat much less give their teacher their supply list,” Myra Rivera-Blanco, the fundraising co-chair of a Maryland elementary school PTA.

If you pay attention to any culture you will find beautiful things in it, things to value, things to respect, things that are prestigious,” Krishnendu Ray, an associate professor of food studies at New York University.

“We worked on this for many years and realized men are very afraid of losing virility,”Elsimar Coutinho, a Brazilian sex and fertility doctor.

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Carlo Allegri / Reuters

“Almost all of the places you are seeing problems between the police the community are very segregated. You are not seeing these problems as often in more integrated places,” Myron Orfield, the director of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minneapolis.

Equality isn’t just an ideal. It is a pragmatic economic advantage,” George Lakey, a former professor and author.

“It’s an unusual circumstance where everyone’s winning, including the health service. I’ve never encountered that in my career,” Nazneen Rahman, a professor and cancer researcher, on a new genetic test for ovarian cancer.

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Michael Hanschke / Reuters

"We get led by bright, shiny objects down some rabbit holes,” Missy Cummings, the head of Duke University’s robotics lab.

“At least you’re not dying alone,” Utz McKnight, a professor, on why some people choose to record the moments before death.

“A lot of Texans, they’re like, can I come in,” Alex Reyes, a Colorado marijuana seller, on how pot legalization affects paranoia.

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"I’d rather hear a philosopher or a really good writer hold forth on what they have imagined inside their tiny minds after taking too many drugs than see 'We beta-tested 20 college seniors,’” Heather Havrilesky, an advice columnist.

"Robots have been around for a while, but using them to deliver lethal force raises some new issues,” Seth Stoughton, an assistant professor of law at the University of South Carolina.

“I think the biggest challenge we have now is that people are having a hard time figuring out how to understand the relationship between state law that needs to change, and federal law that may or may not need to change,” Danielle Allen, a political scientist.

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John Javellana / Reuters

“It will be the best ever possible sensing network of life on the planet,” Martin Wiselski, who outfits animals with radio tags so they can be studied from space.

“I’m excited President Obama and Hillary Clinton are coming together, a black man and a white woman. They can’t talk about prejudice. Let’s talk about love,” Pauline Semuel, an Obama supporter.

“They stay with you. They’re in pain. Medication can’t cure everything,” Jim Chastain, a former mentor for people wanting to end their own lives.

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Jason Reed / Reuters

“I'm supposed to be the grown up and that's kind of hard for me, I like being the kid,” Althea Sherwood, a Ben & Jerry’s employee, on trying to relate to younger employees.

“The Brexit vote has shown not only that the people of Texas should become an independent nation, but that it is 100 percent possible,” Daniel Miller, who wants Texas to secede from the United States.

“The thing is, the media still talks about us like we lost that war! I like to think my dead friends accomplished something,” —a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War.

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Susan Walsh / AP

“Like math and reading, like science, social studies, and the arts, diversity is no longer a luxury,” John King, the U.S. education secretary.

“There’s a very narrow doorway through which big ideas get to audiences,” Chris Jackson, editor-in-chief of Random House’s One World imprint.

People are on their best behavior when they think this relationship will be a happy one in the future,” Edward Lemay, a professor of psychology.

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Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters

“We’ve got Europe in our DNA; half my family are French, we’ve got staff here on an EU visa, and some of us are the children of immigrants. I wanted something to cheer us up,” John Kershaw, who created a dating app for Brits who voted to remain in the European Union.

“To me food is kind of that oral tradition. It’s something that can be lost if we don’t take the time to focus on it,” Ben Jacobs, owner of Tacobe, a Native American restaurant.

“My parents worked in manufacturing all their lives, and back in the day, they made a lot more. But we’re still kind of stuck in the middle like everybody else,” Kyle Olli, a Wisconsin resident.

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Evan Vucci / AP

“Why is our bread so damn white,” Stephen Jones, a bread researcher.

“What happens is other people’s stories get ingrained in your head and anticipation of the unknown kicks in. Then people are just so tense, they are fighting every minute and aren’t sleeping, so they show up to their birth exhausted because they are working through their early labor and just anticipating that big one that is going to come wallop them,” Brian Salmon, a doula and lactation consultant, on why some women fear pregnancy.

"There was a lot of resistance and anxiety to processing, and some of that they could ascribe to a general technophobia, an anxiety about the glowing glass screen,” Matthew Kirschenbaum, author of the first book on word processing.

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Jim Young / Reuters

“I think for some people, hearing about Donald Trump is like reading their Peanuts strip, like, something happened to their favorite cartoon character,” Seth Meyers, the late-night television host.

“Rather than call her parents or apply for a suspension, we sat in a circle and talked about how her action damaged the trust of the community,” Michelle Patterson Murray, a middle school assistant principal, on how best to discipline children.

“Our public health infrastructure is at the point of breaking. Our mantra has been to ‘do more with less,’ but now we’re doing less with less,” Bill Smith, who runs an organization focused on STD prevention.

“Tennessee has lost a beloved Tennessean and the United States has lost a true hero who taught her student athletes about themselves, life, and how to win,” an Atlantic reader on Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in college basketball.

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Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters

Getting a nicely ripened pear is harder than winning the lottery. The true nature of the fruit hasn’t been explained,”Amit Dhingra, a horticultural researcher.

“Then you park your car and now they're next to the fence telling you how bad you are, and that you’ll be hurt when you go in those doors, or that an ambulance was just here a little while back taking a woman out of the back,” Karen Hildebrand, former CEO of a Planned Parenthood branch in Texas.

“There was a part of just about every song that would pull back and fucking strike out like a cobra, and you’d be slapped upside the head,” David “Davo” Claassen, a roadie for the band Black Flag.

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