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7 fantastic flags that break every design rule

There really is a flag design rule book, and radio host Roman Mars abides by its principles religiously. Well, perhaps not all the time. Some flags are apparently too excellent to obey the rules ...
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Infographic: The reality of violence against women

For women in the developing world, the focus is on surviving everyday violence, assault and rape. Gary Haugen argues that until we acknowledge the pervasive nature of such violence, we’ll never change anything. He shares five shocking stats he hopes might help us pay closer attention.
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Why beauty matters

Think about everyday services, and what comes to mind? Probably practical matters: housing, food, health, education. Artist Theaster Gates wants to add a new item to the list. He makes the case for why, really, beauty is the most important basic service.

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Now you can dig deeper into ideas with new, original books from TED. Long enough to explore a powerful idea but short enough to read in a single sitting, TED Books pick up where TED Talks leave off. This wide-ranging series will cover everything from architecture to business, space travel to love, and is perfect for anyone with a curious mind and an expansive love of learning.

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