Morning Cup of Links: Arsenic Life

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NASA announced a new kind of microbe that uses arsenic as a chemical building block instead of phosphorus, previously thought to be one of the essential elements of life. The bacterium throws a wrench into the entire discipline of organic chemistry, and maybe even the definition of life.
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Harry Kislevitz invented the plastic shapes that stuck to just about everything, but his company Colorforms manufactured many other playthings. Toymaker Mel Birnkrant worked for Colorforms for 20 years and tells of toys you may remember, toys that were never mass produced, and toys that flopped (and are now collector's items). (via Metafilter)
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Ducks in the Wind. A mother gets her ducklings in a row despite the interference of nature, with and without music.
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The United States of Autocomplete. This map was made with the help of Google's autocomplete suggestions for each state. (via The Daily What)
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Wikileaks may change history -and not necessarily for the worse. TIME looks at the concept of classified information and why so many mundane documents are labeled as secret. (via Boing Boing)
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Wiley vs. Rhodes is a live action film that you soon realize is a fan film based on the Roadrunner cartoons. There's no mistaking the plot, sound effects, and mayhem.
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Things Not to Name Your Pet. Get your weirdest pet names ever right here, and in the comments.

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December 6, 2010 - 12:07am
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