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In May 2015, Nicole Starosielski wrote about the underwater network of fiber-optic cables that supports the internet.
In December 2013, David Rohde wrote about what Kerry's past augured for his term as secretary of state.
The year you were born, Sara Davidson wrote about the Rolling Stones' Grand Tour of Europe, shortly after the Beatles broke up.
Revenge of the Nerds was released in 1984.
In May 2014, Kate Phillips wrote about her memories of the protests in Tiananmen Square.
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“It was thought that all borders between men had similarly disintegrated, and we were all destined to be free and empowered individuals in a global meeting place,” wrote Robert Kaplan 20 years later.
In September 2010, Niraj Chokshi noted how little the browser interface had changed since 1993.
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In February 2015, Sophie Gilbert wrote about the optimism and open-heartedness of Parks and Recreation's fictional Pawnee, Indiana.
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People across the world rediscovered the power and peril of revolutions, as Laura Kasinof found in Yemen.
In August 2015, Alakananda Mookerjee wrote about what new Mars colonists would be able to eat—and how they'd grow it.
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