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On Feb. 19, 2012, journalist Charlie Foster told a deeply personal and thoughtful story to a rapt audience of complete strangers. The event was part of Story Collider, a monthly series of live shows where people tell stories about how science has affected their lives. Nautilus and Story Collider worked together to turn the audio recording of that event into the animated video above.

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The video was illustrated by Jake Hollomon and directed by John Pavlus; Story Collider’s Ben Lillie and NautilusAmos Zeeberg served as executive producers.