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This year's college freshmen were born in 1994, and seeing the world from their point of view will make you feel old. Unless, of course, you happen to be a college freshman.
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NASA's Kepler mission has found 2299 objects that may be planets (so far). This animation shows them drawn to scale as if they were all orbiting around a single star.
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25 Actors Who Were on Law & Order Before You Knew Who They Were. And it's a treat to see them in reruns and realize how long ago that was.
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A retired Air Force colonel warns that pseudoscience in the military is wasting money and putting troops in danger.
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Brainwashed By Disney. A former employee spills the beans about Mickey Mouse mind control.
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Is it confetti? Is it snow? No, Pixel Rain is a beautiful cloud of LEDs falling from the sky at a Black Keys concert.
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Since NASA flight director David Oh must work on Mars time while handling the Curiosity mission, his family decided to go along with the schedule, too. Within a couple of weeks, they were eating breakfast at 3PM.
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Financial scams and schemes don't have to be complicated to take people in. All they have to do is appeal to the target's inner greed and willingness to bend a few rules.
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10 Fantastic Comedies Based on True Stories. Because while truth is stranger than fiction, it can also be ridiculous.
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A house cat sings the theme to the TV show Game of Thrones. No need to applaud; he owes it all to his hardworking editor.
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The Curiosity rover has a nuclear-powered laser for blasting rocks on Mars. All the better to see what they are made of!
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10 Bizarre Athlete Superstitions. When you get the idea that it worked once, you're afraid to not do it again.

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Space
Can’t See the Eclipse in Person? Watch NASA’s 360° Live Stream
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Depending on where you live, the historic eclipse on August 21 might not look all that impressive from your vantage point. You may be far away from the path of totality, or stuck with heartbreakingly cloudy weather. Maybe you forgot to get your eclipse glasses before they sold out, or can't get away from your desk in the middle of the day.

But fear not. NASA has you covered. The space agency is live streaming a spectacular 4K-resolution 360° live video of the celestial phenomenon on Facebook. The livestream started at 12 p.m. Eastern Time and includes commentary from NASA experts based in South Carolina. It will run until about 4:15 ET.

You can watch it below, on NASA's Facebook page, or on the Facebook video app.

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Art
Cephalopod Fossil Sketch in Australia Can Be Seen From Space

Australia is home to some of the most singular creatures alive today, but a new piece of outdoor art pays homage to an organism that last inhabited the continent 65 million years ago. As the Townsville Bulletin reports, an etching of a prehistoric ammonite has appeared in a barren field in Queensland.

Ammonites are the ancestors of the cephalopods that currently populate the world’s oceans. They had sharp beaks, dexterous tentacles, and spiraling shells that could grow more than 3 feet in diameter. The inland sea where the ammonites once thrived has since dried up, leaving only fossils as evidence of their existence. The newly plowed dirt mural acts as a larger-than-life reminder of the ancient animals.

To make a drawing big enough to be seen from space, mathematician David Kennedy plotted the image into a path consisting of more than 600 “way points.” Then, using a former War World II airfield as his canvas, the property’s owner Rob Ievers plowed the massive 1230-foot-by-820-foot artwork into the ground with his tractor.

The project was funded by Soil Science Australia, an organization that uses soil art to raise awareness of the importance of farming. The sketch doubles as a paleotourist attraction for the local area, which is home to Australia's "dinosaur trail" of museums and other fossil-related attractions. But to see the craftsmanship in all its glory, visitors will need to find a way to view it from above.

[h/t Townsville Bulletin]

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