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Desktop Diaries: Jill Tarter

As the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute's first employee, Tarter has accumulated E.T.-themed office ornaments for the last 30 years—including a bottle of wine to be opened "only upon detection of Extraterrestrial signal."

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Desktop Diaries: Daniel Kahneman

"I have always emphasized the willingness to discard," says psychologist and Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman. That philosophy works on two levels—forget desk trinkets, Kahneman doesn't have a desk—and he doesn't hoard ideas either he says.

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