In May 2015, Nicole Starosielski wrote about the underwater network of fiber-optic cables that supports the internet.
The year you were born, Sara Davidson wrote about the Rolling Stones' Grand Tour of Europe, shortly after the Beatles broke up.
In April 2013, Alan Taylor did a pictorial piece about solar system history.
Revenge of the Nerds was released in 1984.
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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 August 2011, Lane Wallace wrote about how the Berlin Wall symbolized the failure of Communism.
In September 2010, Niraj Chokshi noted how little the browser interface had changed since 1993.
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People across the world rediscovered the power and peril of revolutions, as Laura Kasinof found in Yemen.
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In October 2015, David Frum wrote about what Justin Trudeau's victory means for liberalism.
In December 2015, Robinson Meyer wrote about why scientists had accepted this fact.
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