Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Links!

We are loaded and beyond this week, so Happy Halloween (soon) and let's get started.

Leading off, from JL, one of the funniest parody ideas I've ever seen: The Beatles singing "Stairway To Heaven".

Next, a special Halloween link from Hogie Chang, and it's a doozy: The Monster Club: Horror and SciFi Old Time Radio. This will waste a good part of your day.

From Shane Courtrille, a link to video of a Transformer's Halloween costume.

From Randy Graham, a fantastic article from Air & Space magazine titled How The Spaceship Got Its Shape.

From David Gloier, an excellent interactive graphic titled Cell Size And Scale (use the slider). Also, a story about a 10-foot great white shark being bitten nearly in half by another shark--with one bite (with photo).

From Jason Maddox, an incredibly ingenious idea: the reverse geocache puzzle.

From me, a link to a remarkable piece of exercise equipment: a reduced gravity trainer. Totally incredible.

From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, one of the most amazing pieces of trampolining I've ever seen. Next, via the unstoppable Gamers With Jobs, a remarkable piece of goofiness from the 1970s titled Prisencolinensinainciusol. Next, a fantastic video of a robot bricklayer. Here's a link to one of the best episodes of This American Life ever, when a fake tv camera obsessed an elementary school.

From Jesse Leimkuehler, a story about the opening of the longest golf course in the world. Also, a discovery that throws our model of the heliosphere into doubt.

From Andrew, a link to the 1973 cover of Radio Electronics, featuring the Lancaster TV Typewriter.

From Stephen Abel, a story about how scientists have discovered the gene that cancer-proofs the cells of a naked mole rat.

It's a Sirius deluge this week, and leading off, it's the discovery of the first "skylight" on the moon, a deep hole that could open into an underground tunnel. Next, scientists have unraveled the mystery of the fungal disease that has killed millions of frogs. Next, a slideshow Traveling Through Time and Stars (this is really quite amazing). Also, a link to scientists unraveling the secret of drought resistance at the molecular level. One more, and it's Tiny ears found on butterfly’s wings.

Form Julian Bell, a link to one of the best charitable ideas I've ever seen: a zombie walk.

From Jeff Gardiner, it's 5 Real Life Soldiers Who Make Rambo Look Like a Pussy (Simo Hayha is EPIC).

From Ronny Mo, a link to a very moving and poignant statement by an 86-year old WWII veteran on gay marriage.

From hippo, a link to a story about the first successful creation of artificial life.

From Phil Honeywell, a link to a very compelling "music video" (and excellent use of Auto Tune ) called The Symphony Of Science.

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