Friday Links!Leading off, a companion video to the pre-San Francisco earthquake footage--a link from Mark Woodall showing footage after the quake.
From Jeremy Fischer, an absolutely riveting reconstruction of Flight 1549 (you know, landing in the Hudson) using cockpit views, an external view, along with cockpit and tower audio. Trust me, this is tremendous.
From Michael Lange, a link to a video titled What Earth Would Look Like With Rings Like Saturn. The video even shows what the rings would look like from various prominent locations in the world.
From the Global Post, a story about a ring of international diamond thieves known as the Pink Panthers.
From Jonathan Arnold, a link to Visuwords, a graphical dictionary gives you not only definitions but associations with order words and concepts.
From Brad Ruminer, it's the Clever Hamsters Jazz Band.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, and the slow-motion is remarkable, it's a 2009 Chevy Malibu Versus 1959 Chevy Bel-Air Head-On Crash Test. Believe me, this is worth watching. Also, a stunning photograph of a snowflake. Next, a fascinating series of photos of the hidden population of Las Vegas: Living In Sin City's Underground Tunnels.
From Andrew B, a New Year's Eve prankster meets his annual victim--after 36 years.
From Yacine Salmi, a video from the European Junior Indoor Cycling Championships, and what the Hochdorfer sisters can do on a bicycle makes unicycling look easy. Seriously, this is just insane.
From Jesse Leimkuehler, a link to a story about a new discovery in astronomy: the detection of the light signature of a planet orbiting a sun-like star. This enables scientists to know the chemical makeup of the planet, which will aid in the search for life. Also, two enormous bright spots on Betelgeus, which might help explain its rapid weight loss.
From Sirius, and it's amazing: the development of an eye test that detects Alzheimer's up to two decades before other symptoms appear. Also, and there are quite striking (but Japanese robot seals--WTF?), it's Photo Gallery: Beauty In Science. Next, a plan by Italian scientists to "recreate" a breed of giant cattle that became extinct over four centuries ago. What do I mean by giant? Try a height of 6.5 feet at the shoulder.
From John McInroy, and this fits firmly into the "WTF?" category, it's a doll called You Can Shave The Baby.