Friday, December 07, 2007

Friday Links

For your reading pleasure.

Greg V sent in a link to an article in the Washington Post about life in Savoonga, Alaska, "an island so remote that it is closer to Russia than the U.S. mainland. This is an article from 2005, but it's still a great read.

Many of you sent in a link to the discovery of the most complete dinosaur fossil ever recovered. An excerpt:
A high school student hunting fossils in the badlands of his native North Dakota discovered an extremely rare mummified dinosaur that includes not just bones but also seldom seen fossilized soft tissue such as skin and muscles, scientists will announce today.

It's a spectacular discovery.

From Allan Varney, a link to a video of Crayon Physics Deluxe (which looks ridiculously cool) as well as an interview with Petri Puhro, the creator.

In somewhat the same vein, here's a link to a film over at AtomFilms called Animator vs Animation, and it's extremely clever.

Another gaming link, this one from Marc Klein, to an interview with Yoshiaki Koizumi, the director of Super Mario Galaxy, and his discussion of both gaming and Shigeru Miyamoto are fascinating.

From Cliff Eyler, a link to a story about the Hubble Telescope and its remarkable ups and downs since it was first powered on in 1990. There is plenty of information in this story that I hadn't read elsewhere (ymmv).

From Mitch Youngblood, a link to a short film directed by Martin Scorcese that's both an advertisement and a send-up of the style of Alfred Hitchcock. If you like Hitchcock, you'll burst out laughing at the camera angles, which are uncanny.

Edwin Garcia sent in a link to a story titled "Real-life Superheroes: 10 People with Incredible Abilities." It's a twenty-first century sideshow.

Here's a second link from Edwin, and it's both funny and definitely NSFW. It's about swearing in baseball--in 1898.

Future Nobel Prize Winner Brian Pilnick sent in a link to The 6 Most Important Experiments in the World, including The Blue Brain Project and The Census of Marine Life.

From Sirius, a link to a gallery of bug art. That's bugs, creating art.

From Nate Carpenter, a link to a video of an exoskeleton that gives humans superhuman strength.

Jake Pursley sent me a link to an articleabout physicist Robert Bussard and a new type of electrostatic fusion reaction. You can also look at a presentation given by Bussard on the subject.

Finally, from John Catania, a link to a series of Liquid Art & Droplet photographs which are remarkably beautiful.

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