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Nature loves to play. And play is the thing throughout this issue. Indre Viskontas takes
us inside the concert hall to explain how musical ensemble tap into brain wells
of creativity and empathy that can’t be reached by going it alone. We also look
at a dark side of play. Barclay Bram shares his everyday experiences with the
app WeChat, which nearly everybody in China uses to connect in play and work
and everything in between.      

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