Friday Links!There are three absolutely amazing links to start off this week.
First, from Karl Ágústsson, an absolutely stunning video of the eruption at Grimsvotn under the Vatnajokull glacier in Iceland. Karl mentioned that this eruption is about ten times as powerful as the Eyjafjallajokull eruption last year, and this is one of the most remarkable videos I've ever seen.
Next, from Jonathan Arnold, mesmerizing but heartbreaking images of the aftermath of the Joplin tornado.
Matthew Anderson sent in the third amazing link, and these guys go right to the top of my badass list: Japan pensioners volunteer to tackle nuclear crisis. Engineers who reached pension age are volunteering to help with the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima power station. Incredible and awesome.
Jonathan Arnold sent in another link, this one far less weighty: amazing card trick.
From David Byron, and this is almost beyond comprehension, a story about researchers attempting to grow a brain-- with memories.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, a series of spectacular images: 23 Fascinating and Forgotten Monuments from Yugoslavia.
From Tom Guthrie, and this is a fascinating discussion that is entirely worth your time, it's Think Tank: The Economics of Death Star Planet Destruction.
From Sirius, and this is very cool, it's Spider Attack: Clever, Scary Arachnid Hunting Strategies. Also, and this is stunning, it's The "crooked forest" of Gryfino (Poland). Here's one more, and I've absolutely never seen a photograph of this before: how deeply Easter Island statues are buried.
This is certainly one of the greatest headlines ever: Horse herpes outbreak forces rodeo queens to ride stick ponies.
From Logan Griffall, and these are always fun, it's Best Optical Illusions of 2011.
From Jonin, and you'll love this, it's X-Wing Fighter Soapbox Derby Car. May the coast be with you.
From Caleb Forney, and this is quite interesting, it's Time Lapse Sky Shows Earth Rotating Instead of Stars.
Greg Bagley sends in a classic headline: Russian who buried himself alive dies by mistake.