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If There’s Life ‘Out There,’ Sara Seager Might Just Be the One to Find It

Professor Sara Seager is on a mission to find another planet like Earth, and given her track record, she just might. The astrophysicist and planetary scientist has been recognized for her work on exoplanets (planets that orbit stars other than the sun). She is famous in her discipline and a pioneering scientist in a field that, even until the late 1990s, was mostly theoretical…

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Harper Lee: A Legend Who Shook American Literature, but Preferred the Quiet Life

It can be difficult to separate Nelle Harper Lee as an individual with her own personal life from Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning literary phenomenon that rocked the world with “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Lee herself admitted that she didn’t think the book would be a success, but it was instantly popular, and only a year after it was published had already sold 500,000 copies and been translated into 10 languages…

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Edith Head Reigns as the Queen of Costume Design

With a record-setting eight Academy Awards, Edith Head won more times for costume design than any other designer to this day. This is despite the fact that the Academy Award for Best Costume Design wasn’t a category until 1948, well into her established career. She was nominated a record 35 times for Best Costume…

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Margaret Mead’s Paradigm-Shifting Anthropology

Margaret Mead died in 1978 as one of the most famous cultural anthropologists in the world – a reputation that’s stood the test of time. Mead authored 23 books, including “Coming of Age in Samoa,” “Growing Up in New Guinea,” and “Male and Female,” and was a frequent speaker in mass media in the 1960s and 1970s. She was often considered a controversial academic…

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