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Top 11 Live Web Cams

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Live Web cams have changed in the last couple years. They're no longer crappy still images updated once or twice a minute, or moving images that look like they're being shot through beer goggles.

Now you get some pretty clear footage of some pretty amazing locations, and some even let YOU control the camera (at least until your time runs out, or someone else in the queue takes over).

We combed the Web looking for the Top 11 (yes, ours go to 11!) so you wouldn't have to. The following were plucked out of hundreds, based on quality of cam, inter-activeness, or just plain-ol' fascinating location.

As always, be sure to include a link to your favorites (if we left one off the list) in the comments below.

11. Panda Cam

Zoo Atlanta's famous Pandas Lun Lun, Yang Yang, Mei Lan and Xi Lan. This cam is live during the weekdays only, 10-5 ET.

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10. University of Pittsburgh

Perched high atop the Cathedral of Learning, the second tallest education building in the world (535 feet), this cam shows off not only the Pitt campus, but lots of historic Pittsburgh, as well.

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9. Statue of Liberty

Okay, so she doesn't move around much on her perch there. But now that the scaffolding is down, it's nice to check in from time to time and remember our idealistic origins.

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8. Zurich live

Nice view from the Marriott Hotel across the rivers Sihl and Limmat, the Main Railway Station, the Swiss National Museum and downtown Zürich.

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7. Niagara Falls

Sadly, this is as close to the famous falls as this blogger has ever gotten. Maybe that's why I like this cam so much.

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6. Lucky Dog Cams

Check out the awesome quality of these puppies. You've got seven crystal clear camera views to see whats happening at the Lucky Dog Resort & Training School. Hours of fun for any dog owner.

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5. The Kotel in Jerusalem

In Hebrew, the Western Wall is called the Kotel Ma'aravi, literally "the wall west."

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4. Greenwich Village

Great controls on this one let you pick from many different live cams. For those who've never visited Christopher Street, or have only seen it in films, this is a great time killer.
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3. Tom and Liz's Live Garden Cams

Three cams (with sound!) in Prairie Village, Kansas: One on a Koi pond, the second, on bird-feeders. Another is a live streaming Flash feed.

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2. Moon Cam

I know I said cams no longer provided static shots updated every minute, but some still do, and some are still worth checking in with every so often. This one you just have to see; it's from the KErmIt Satellite Mission, in high orbit over the moon

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1. Freedom Tower, Ground Zero

Watch the construction of the Freedom Tower from three different views plus a cool time-lapse function that lets you see it all from the beginning forward. I believe some of these images will be used in a composite for a feature-length film after construction is complete.
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6 Radiant Facts About Irène Joliot-Curie
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Though her accomplishments are often overshadowed by those of her parents, the elder daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie was a brilliant researcher in her own right.

1. SHE WAS BORN TO, AND FOR, GREATNESS.

A black and white photo of Irene and Marie Curie in the laboratory in 1925.
Irène and Marie in the laboratory, 1925.
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Irène’s birth in Paris in 1897 launched what would become a world-changing scientific dynasty. A restless Marie rejoined her loving husband in the laboratory shortly after the baby’s arrival. Over the next 10 years, the Curies discovered radium and polonium, founded the science of radioactivity, welcomed a second daughter, Eve, and won a Nobel Prize in Physics. The Curies expected their daughters to excel in their education and their work. And excel they did; by 1925, Irène had a doctorate in chemistry and was working in her mother’s laboratory.

2. HER PARENTS' MARRIAGE WAS A MODEL FOR HER OWN.

Like her mother, Irène fell in love in the lab—both with her work and with another scientist. Frédéric Joliot joined the Curie team as an assistant. He and Irène quickly bonded over shared interests in sports, the arts, and human rights. The two began collaborating on research and soon married, equitably combining their names and signing their work Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie.

3. SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE AN UNSTOPPABLE PAIR.

Black and white photo of Irène and Fréderic Joliot-Curie working side by side in their laboratory.
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Their passion for exploration drove them ever onward into exciting new territory. A decade of experimentation yielded advances in several disciplines. They learned how the thyroid gland absorbs radioiodine and how the body metabolizes radioactive phosphates. They found ways to coax radioactive isotopes from ordinarily non-radioactive materials—a discovery that would eventually enable both nuclear power and atomic weaponry, and one that earned them the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935.

4. THEY FOUGHT FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE.

The humanist principles that initially drew Irène and Frédéric together only deepened as they grew older. Both were proud members of the Socialist Party and the Comité de Vigilance des Intellectuels Antifascistes (Vigilance Committee of Anti-Fascist Intellectuals). They took great pains to keep atomic research out of Nazi hands, sealing and hiding their research as Germany occupied their country, Irène also served as undersecretary of state for scientific research of the Popular Front government.

5. SHE WAS NOT CONTENT WITH THE STATUS QUO.

Irène eventually scaled back her time in the lab to raise her children Hélène and Pierre. But she never slowed down, nor did she stop fighting for equality and freedom for all. Especially active in women’s rights groups, she became a member of the Comité National de l'Union des Femmes Françaises and the World Peace Council.

6. SHE WORKED HERSELF TO DEATH.

Irène’s extraordinary life was a mirror of her mother’s. Tragically, her death was, too. Years of watching radiation poisoning and cancer taking their toll on Marie never dissuaded Irène from her work. In 1956, dying of leukemia, she entered the Curie Hospital, where she followed her mother’s luminous footsteps into the great beyond.

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]

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