Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday Links!

Huge links blowout this week, with lots to assist you in your eternal quest for work avoidance.

Big news released recently: Lucy's 'great-grandfather' found.

This will blow you away: a robotic butterfly (the video is incredible).

Like I said Wednesday, I think soccer's becoming more important in the U.S. Here is a Deadspin compilation of celebration videos from Wednesday's game, and I don't remember it ever being like this before.

In one of the the most adorably charming videos I've ever seen, Laura Shigihara performs  "There's A Zombie On My Lawn."

From Meg McReynolds, an article about a remarkable educational experiment initiated by Bell Labs in 1954.

From Glen Haag, an article about IBMs supercomputer Watson, described as the world's best "question answering" machine. Also, a lovely and touching Father's Day article about the bond between a son and his father.

From Frank Regan, an update on the continuing quest to solve the elusive mystery of Amelia Earhart.

From Tim Jones, and this is remarkable, it's a video of the Guillaume Nery Underwater Base Jump.

From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, the greatest cease and desist letter ever: The National Pork board threatening ThinkGeek over a satirical unicorn meat ad that used the phrase "the new white meat." Yes, I should have spelled that "satyrical."

From Andrew B, a bit of kit from the past: a Seiko UC-2000 wrist computer from 1984. Also, and this is very touching, it's Blind Dog Has Her Own Seeing-Eye Dog.

From Jesse Leimkuehler, the World's First Solar Sail Photographed in Deep Space. Also, scientists have been able to watch a matter fall into a black hole for the first time. Finally, a sinuous aurora seen from space. Wait, there's one more: 7th-Graders Discover Mysterious Cave on Mars. Please note that the 7th graders weren't actually visiting Mars at the time.

From Steve Davis, and this is mind-blowing, it's first replicating creature spawned in life simulator. Next, and I know you want some of this, it's bacon in a multitude of colors.

From David Gloier, and it's one of the greatest Halloween costumes I've ever seen, it's General Grievous.

From Kevin, a video of Street Orchestra being used by a real orchestra to create an iPhone symphony.

From Phil Honeywell, video of a raven attacking an RC airplane. It's quite impressive.

From J.R., stunning photographs of Yang-Yi, a city that vanished under the waters of the Three Gorges Dam.

From Ryan Leasher, it's a guided tour of the Sci-Fi Air Show. Some of these photos are tremendous.

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