Vanity Fair takes an in-depth look at pearls, the only precious gem manufactured by living beings. They've been prized for thousands of years, but may be in trouble in the present.
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16 Embarrassing Marriage Proposals. Don't plan a videotaped public spectacle to pop the question unless you're fairly sure she'll accept.
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Ne technologies can tie your brain into computers, vehicles, and prosthetics. Will that lead to hackers being able to get into your brain?
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A flashmob in Stockholm performs a Michael Jackson tribute. The effect of starting out small and spreading works rather well here.
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How the turtle got its shell. It basically grew its ribs outside the body -and that's only the beginning of the weirdness of turtle anatomy.
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Self-help through Negative Thinking. It turns out that trying to get people to think more positively can actually have the opposite effect: it can simply highlight how unhappy they are.
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How To Build Your Own TiVo. It's not easy and it's not cheap, but it can be done.