Over the past three decades, Arthur and Cynthia Wood turned their four-story home into a work of art. They purchased the brick tenement at the intersection of Downing and Quincy streets in 1979 for $2,100 in cash. Courtesy of Chris Wood hide caption

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Restorer Nicoletta Rinaldi works on the ceiling of the Hall of Mirrors at the Versailles Palace, west of Paris, in 2007. Remy de la Mauviniere/AP hide caption

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Designer Richard Seymour at TED Salon. TED hide caption

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"Beauty is not just for the imagination. It's actually a way of altering human behavior for the better." — Bill Strickland TED hide caption

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Cameron Russell at TEDxMidAtlantic David Quinalty/TED hide caption

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Philosopher Denis Dutton suggests that humans are hard-wired to seek beauty. James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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Hiroshi Ueda/Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

Leap into the Void, 1960 (Yves Klein, Harry Shunk and Jean Kender) The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art hide caption

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The bucardo, or Pyrenean ibex, lived high in the Pyrenees until its extinction in 2000. Three years later, researchers attempted to clone Celia, the last bucardo. The clone died minutes after birth. Taxidermic specimen, Regional Government of Aragon, Spain Robb Kendrick/National Geographic hide caption

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Courtesy the artist/John Baldessari Studio