Friday Links!Leading off this week, from Jonathan Arnold, a link to a fantastic Flash depiction of the Journey of Mankind.
A co-lead this week comes from Simon van Alphen, and it's spectacular: an 11-year old girl playing her own arrangement of YYZ on keyboards. It's impossible to understand how brilliant this is unless you see it for yourself.
Have you been longing to read a story about an expedition to capture a live specimen of the most poisonous snake in the world? If so, today is your day.
From Sirius, a link to a story about the function of octopus tentacles. Six arms, two legs, in case your wondering. Also, a link to the discovery of some relatively pristine saber-tooth cat fossils in Venezuela. Finally, a link to an amazing exoskeleton that helps paralyzed people walk.
From Andrew, a link to a detective story, but with a twist:
Two teenage girls used DNA bar coding to determine that some sushi on New York dinner plates was mislabeled with cheaper fish being passed off as a more expensive species.
From DQ Film Advisor and Nicest Guy in the World Ben Ormand, a link to a story about bridging the Uncanny Valley. Her name is Emily, and the video is quite astonishing.
From Sean, a link to a wonderful animated short by Chris Appelhans about Superman and a friend. The rest of the work on his site is excellent as well.
From Brandon Cackowski-Schnell, a link to a story about Leland Chee, who is in charge of the Holocron, otherwise known as the Star Wars continuity database.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, a story about a grow house being found--in the Mall of the Americas. Good thing I watch Weeds, or I'd have no idea what this was about. Also, a link to the ultimate treehouse. Then there's a link to an article about one benefit of high gas prices: fewer traffic fatalities. Finally, a link to Duilian-High Road, a video of martial arts choreography.
Gamers With Jobs has a terrific article by Alex Martinez titled Assumed Ownership, and it's about buying a virtual car.
From Jesse Leimkuehler, a link to an Olympic athlete you probably didn't notice: a 200-meter runner from Somalia.
From John D'Angelo, a link to a Martian sunset.
From Geoff Engelstein, a link to 15 Images You Won't Believe Aren't Photoshopped, and it's well worth taking a look.
From David Gloier, a link to a story about a post-war salvage operation on the Thames that has discovered seven shipwrecks.
From Colin Austin, a link to the A1 Steam Locomotive, a private venture to build a Peppercorn class A1 Pacific steam locomotive. There's video here as well.
From Steven Davis, a link to a story about the Zephyr-6, a solar powered plane that stayed aloft for over 83 hours.