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Gallery: My desperate journey to find asylum in Australia

Written by Thu-Huong Ha • Posted Apr 16, 2015
As a Hazara, Barat Ali Batoor faced violent oppression in his native Pakistan, so he sought asylum in Australia. His journey took weeks, cost thousands of dollars, and nearly ended in disaster countless times. Batoor, a photographer, documented every step of the way. See his incredible images.
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How microbes define, shape — and might even heal us

Written by Helen Walters • Posted Apr 7, 2015
In this excerpt from his TED Book, microbial researcher Rob Knight shares his -- and other scientists' -- work to understand the human microbiome -- and the key diseases in which it now seems that microbes may play a part, including inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, and allergies and asthma.

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TED Books
The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere
By Pico Iyer

An unexpected truth from a celebrated travel writer: stillness just might be the ultimate adventure. Pico Iyer reveals how stillness can act as a creative catalyst, and advocates for a way of living that counters the frenetic design of our modern lives.

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