Friday Links!Leading off, a fascinating article about the history of Gorilla Glass: Glass Works: How Corning Created the Ultrathin, Ultrastrong Material of the Future.
From Eric Higgins-Freese, and this is an astonishing image: eXtreme Deep Field (XDF). Also, and while I never asked this question, it's still quite fascinating: What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?. One more, and it's fantastic: Astronomy Photographer Of The Year Winners.
From Robb, and this has to be one of my favorite article titles ever: Kraft Pitches Newest Gum With Wig-Wearing Bald Eagles and Half-Naked Martial Arts. This is also one of my favorite quotes ever: "It's about teen entertainment and not just a simple piece of gum." Marketing is magnificent.
From Steve Davis, and this is an intriguing possibility: Did Deep Blue Beat Garry Kasparov By Accident?.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, and this is a blast from the past: Space Shuttle concept art. Also, and this is in the running for headline of the year, it's Buddhist ‘Iron Man’ found by Nazis is from space. One more, and this is stunning: Hyper-matrix. Wait, so is this: Water Light Graffiti.
From Ted Coldwell, and this is some of the best card manipulation I've ever seen: Insane skill with a deck of cards.
From hippo, and this is remarkable: The Invisible Bicycle Helmet.
Jeff Pinard sent in a link to a magician who does amazing card magic in spite of not having any hands.
This is my favorite story of the week: Crow adopts Family.
Here's a fascinating story about a father who found a unique treatment for his daughter's medical condition: Gaming her brain: Mike Schiller's young daughter has a problem, and video games may be her best hope for recovery..