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The odd tale of the Maxim Gorky, a 1930s flying Soviet propaganda machine.

Where do a zebra’s stripes, a leopard’s spots and our fingers come from? The key was found years ago — by the man who cracked the Enigma code.

Roboticist Raffaello D’Andrea describes his work on three new autonomous flying machines, including one that “knows” what to do when it loses a propeller. (Hint: it doesn’t crash.)

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Doug Menuez began photographing Steve Jobs in 1985, and then he spent 15 years immersed in the booming world of Silicon Valley innovation. Take a step back in time to see young titans in action.

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How Emily McManus checked out a few genealogy websites, and discovered a whole new family. Kind of.

In 2009, futurist and venture capitalist Juan Enriquez had big ideas about how the human species is about to evolve. As a complement to his TED Talk, “The next species of human,” he compiled this useful list of important research we should all be tracking.

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That’s right. The cockroach. How watching Robert Full’s TED Talk effectively ruined the day of writer Kate Torgovnick May.