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Robert Walser and the Russian Ballet

July 14, 2021

In the spring of 1909, thirty-one-year-old novelist Robert Walser, then living in Berlin, saw a performance by one of the greatest ballet dancers of the twentieth century. Anna Pavlova wasn’t yet the international star she would later become, though she was already a lead dancer with the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, which had sent its ensemble to Berlin on tour.

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The Amazing, Hidden Early Life of Coral Reef Creatures

July 16, 2021

Coral reefs are strewn across the tropical ocean like so many pearls from a broken necklace. Some are barely a few hundred meters from other reefs, but many are many kilometers from any other shallow water habitat. Yet nearly all the species that live on coral reefs spend the earliest part of their lives in a pelagic state: drifting in the plankton out on the open ocean.

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