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Morning Cup of Links: Who's using your SSN?

100 Ways to Scale Down Your Life. Because living large is a real hassle.
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Could someone else be using your social security number? The US government collects $500 billion in uncredited Social Security wages, so it's not in their best interest to do anything about it.
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History's 9 Most Terrifying Beauty Tips. Some of these might make you sick, just as they did the ancients who actually used them.
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Eight Things We Are Running Out Of And Why. Most of them can be attributed to what we know as "modern living".
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An English teacher takes a red pencil to a blog post, with hilarious results. I hope she doesn't stumble upon any of my articles!
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The Two Stupidest Burglars in the World. Security cameras can be more entertaining than Hollywood sometimes.
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Recycling Classic Cars. How Cuba deals with no new cars and no replacement parts.
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A Postal Post: 6 Crazy Stories of Mail Bonding. Oh, the lengths they'll go to just to get those letters delivered!

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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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