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to begin: a fascinating article about the history of the elevator (I can’t believe I just typed those words), including reassuring information about the structural design and safety features of modern elevators.

who needs grad school when you can suffer a brain injury that releases previously buried savant-like capabilities? I have to admit, after reading this article, a small part of me wished for a similar fate.

in an effort to prepare for a life of student loan repayments, here’s how to make the most of the tiniest apartment. moveable walls, hidden storage, and filtered air. pretty neat. I wonder how I can entice the designer, Graham Hill, to renovate my future apartment.

sometimes it feels like our 20s were designed for reevaluating everything about ourselves and our choices: where we live, how we spend out money, who we go out with on Friday night, who we wake up next to on Saturday morning. it turns out that feeling will likely extend well beyond these years. will we ever stop wondering whether the choices we’ve made are the right ones?

you don’t have to stop learning just because you’re no longer in school. lots of schools, including Harvard and MIT (which has, admittedly, made course lectures available for free for quite a while) are providing free online classes. check them out!

I was recently chatting with a friend about Jonah Lehrer’s new book on creativity, and she mentioned a chapter about how loss, sadness, and/or depression can promote creativity. if you aren’t unhappy, don’t worry, though: there are other ways to enhance your creativity.

switched at birth + twins = learning your sister is someone else’s twin.