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What We’re Reading: December 4, 2014

Jacob Ingram | Dec 4, 2014

Today’s What We’re Reading features American Museum of Natural History Collections, ideas of beauty over time, endonyms, and much, much more!

To Infinity and Beyond!
NASA’s Orion “Mars Ship” Set for Test Flight
While the Thursday morning launch was scrubbed because of a valve issue, the next launch window is Friday morning at just past 7 am EST. This BBC mission profile will get you all caught up on the Orion capsule, as NASA finally draws near to the completion of its newest launch system, one that will be more similar to the Apollo program from the 1960s rather than the Space Shuttles.

These Fascinating Maps Show Countries as Named in Their Own Languages
A map that labels every country with the proper endonym, a country’s own name for itself.

Languages Are Dying
About half of the world’s languages will become history by the end of the century, predicts UNESCO, and with the languages the history of the people who spoke them will be lost as well.

John Bachmann New York and Environs 1861 Chromolithograph The New-York Historical Society, PR20.TN.47424

What We’re Watching
Visualizing 19th-Century New York
From the Bard Graduate Center, the ongoing exhibit provides an illustrated glimpse into 19th-century New York.

Shelf Life – Episode One: 33 Million Things
Stuff, Things, Samples, or Artifacts. No matter how you phrase it, the American Museum of Natural History has some gigantic collections!

Here’s What a 100 Years of Beauty Looks Like in 60 Seconds
A video showing hair styles from 1910 to 2010.

Fun and Offbeat
Sibling Rivalry, a History
With all the familial togetherness of the approaching holidays The Atlantic’s piece on family jealousy might provide some useful insights.

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