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Michelle Obama on Better STEM Education for Girls

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Golden Ratio Explained by Math and Sunflowers

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This Etch A Sketch History of Calculus Helped Get a Kid Into Caltech and MIT

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Solution to Riddle of the Week #55: Edgar Allan Poe's Riddle Poem

Difficulty level: Hard

Riddle of the Week #55: Edgar Allan Poe's Riddle Poem

Difficulty level: Hard

Solution to Riddle of the Week #54: The Hardest Logic Puzzle Ever

Difficulty level: Hardest Ever

Riddle of the Week #54: The Hardest Logic Puzzle Ever

Difficulty level: Hardest Ever

Solution to Riddle of the Week #53: Knights and Knaves, Part 11

Difficulty level: Hard

Riddle of the Week #53: Knights and Knaves, Part 11

Difficulty level: Hard

Pi Makes Perfect Sense in These Simple Animations

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Solution to Riddle of the Week #52: Knights and Knaves, Part 10

Difficulty level: Hard

Riddle of the Week #52: Knights and Knaves, Part 10

Difficulty level: Hard

Riddle of the Week #51: Knights and Knaves, Part 9

Difficulty level: Very Hard

Solution to Riddle of the Week #51: Knights and Knaves, Part 9

Difficulty level: Very Hard

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The Equation That Produces a Graph of Itself

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