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The Week in Ideas 7/7

Posted by Kevin Hartnett July 7, 2014 01:07 PM

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Dawn of the web: an oral history: Leon Neyfakh interviews a variety of Bostonians about what it was like when, twenty years ago, the Internet first came to their desks.

1776: Not just the revolution: Claudio Saunt on six places in North America—outside those iconic 13 original colonies—that were undergoing revolutions of their own in 1776.

Will cities of the future be built of wood?: Courtney Humphries on why urban designers are pushing to re-embrace a construction material as old as human history.

Plus: Kevin Lewis on how more attractive people are healthier (and healthier people are more attractive); how criminals have more children than the rest of us; how you shouldn’t trust a morning person in the evening, or an evening person in the morning; and more.

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About brainiac Brainiac is the daily blog of the Globe's Sunday Ideas section, covering news and delights from the worlds of art, science, literature, history, design, and more. You can follow us on Twitter @GlobeIdeas.
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Brainiac blogger Kevin Hartnett is a writer in Columbia, South Carolina. He can be reached here.

Leon Neyfakh is the staff writer for Ideas. Amanda Katz is the deputy Ideas editor. Stephen Heuser is the Ideas editor.

Guest blogger Simon Waxman is Managing Editor of Boston Review and has written for WBUR, Alternet, McSweeney's, Jacobin, and others.

Guest blogger Elizabeth Manus is a writer living in New York City. She has been a book review editor at the Boston Phoenix, and a columnist for The New York Observer and Metro.

Guest blogger Sarah Laskow is a freelance writer and editor in New York City. She edits Smithsonian's SmartNews blog and has contributed to Salon, Good, The American Prospect, Bloomberg News, and other publications.

Guest blogger Joshua Glenn is a Boston-based writer, publisher, and freelance semiotician. He was the original Brainiac blogger, and is currently editor of the blog HiLobrow, publisher of a series of Radium Age science fiction novels, and co-author/co-editor of several books, including the story collection "Significant Objects" and the kids' field guide to life "Unbored."

Guest blogger Ruth Graham is a freelance journalist in New Hampshire, and a frequent Ideas contributor. She is a former features editor for the New York Sun, and has written for publications including Slate and the Wall Street Journal.

Joshua Rothman is a graduate student and Teaching Fellow in the Harvard English department, and an Instructor in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He teaches novels and political writing.

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