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April 22nd, 2008

Today it's a special Earth Day edition of your Cup o' Links! Let's start with I Love the World. Warning: earworm.
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Ten sites to help you celebrate the best Earth Day ever. From government information to environmental organizations to kids' activities, you'll find something you didn't know about the environment.
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5 Habits for Greener Computing. Yes, even people who never go outside can do their part.
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Green Funerals. Funeral directors in Britain are leading the way in ways to leave less of a footprint when you take your final steps.
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The Color of Plants on Other Worlds. Light of any color could power photosynthesis, so yellow mountains' majesty or purple waves of grain would be possible.
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A Human Stop-Motion Snake. This guy has quite a following, so to speak.
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Why don't we use more solar power? Our ability to harness the sun is not yet efficient enough for our needs, but it's a start.
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The US Leads the World in Growth of Wind Power Use. Germany is still #1, but we could outstrip them in two years.
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The things we can do as individuals to help the environment seem like a drop in the bucket. Even though we don't admit it out loud, the question we confront is: Why Bother?
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The moving rocks of Death Valley. Rocks up to 700 pounds move so slowly that no one can see it happen, or figure out how they do it.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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