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When this photo hit social media in an effort to identify one black woman among a sea of white men, a lot of theories arose as to who she was. While every male was identified in a caption, the original photo listed her as “Unidentified". The photo surfaced thanks to artist and writer Candace Jean Andersen, who stumbled upon the mystery in her research for a picture book about the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

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Elon Musk Is Now Linked to the Mystery of Who Invented Bitcoin

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BASE particle physicists have discovered a very precise way to examine antimatter.

The Veil Nebula. Credit: By Jschulman555 - Own work, Wikipedia Commons.

Thank your lucky stars you’re alive. It’s truly a miracle of nature. This has nothing to do with spirituality or religion and everything to do with science. Life itself may not be the miracle. Although we haven’t found it elsewhere yet, our galaxy alone is so replete with Earth-like planets that, mathematically speaking, one of them must hold life, even if it’s just the microbial variety. Intelligent life may be another matter.

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Researchers Discover Excitonium - a Weird New Form of Matter

Researchers create a new form of matter, first theorized 50 years ago.

Credit: Peter Abbamonte, U. of I. Department of Physics and Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory

Excitonium, a strange form of matter that was first theorized almost 50 years ago, has now been discovered by researchers. 

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Why Is Life Filled with Suffering? Leo Tolstoy's Lessons on Failure, Identity, and Asking "Why?"

The big, unknowable questions in life are seductive, but without small, trivial questions as insulation, those large mysteries can consume us.

Novelist and author Yiyun Li has looked into the face of life's biggest questions. For two years, she lived in and out of psychiatric hospitals as she underwent treatment for suicidal depression. In this time, it was her love of literature that kept her afloat. One of Li's favorite writers, Isaac Babel, said, "If the world could write by itself it would write like Tolstoy." Li reflected on this. As Tolstoy wrote on the biggest topics, like war and peace, but also on the smallest trifles, she took it to mean that life's small questions are meant to insulate us from the big, unknowable ones. Tolstoy wrote the world as it is: a perfect balance of big and small, of answers and mystery. Too much big searching, says Li, and you can put yourself in a timeless trap. Yiyun Li's newest book is Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life. This video was filmed at the Los Angeles Hope Festival, a collaboration between Big Think and Hope & Optimism, a three-year initiative which supported interdisciplinary academic research into significant questions that remain under-explored.

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