Morning Cup of Links: Painting with Skateboards

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"Among all 90 belly buttons Dunn and his colleagues have studied so far, they have found 1400 species of bacteria, a number of which have never encountered on human bodies before." Carl Zimmer does some extreme navel gazing. (via Metafilter)
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Legends and traditions of storybook giants could have some basis in fact, if the species Gigantopithecus was actually a man and not an ape. Fortean Times looks at the possibility that the primate isn't even extinct.
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For years, we've had a chuckle at the Shed of the Year competition in the UK. This year's winning shed has the history and charm to draw interest on its own merits -plus music! (via Breakfast Links)
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Outfit skateboarders with paint-spraying devices under their boards and let them loose in an empty pool, and what do you get? A human Spirograph!
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People are more likely to change their behavior when they get immediate feedback and the ability to change that feedback in real time. Feedback loops give us a sense of control, like how we make the radar speed sign change as we drive.
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An old fireworks safety video gets a makeover with a new soundtrack: The 1812 Overture. Exploding heads and flying limbs can be entertaining -when they are from plastic mannequins.
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The world's most unusual vending machines. If there's any reason you can't sell your product in a vending machine now, someone will eventually come up with a way to do it.
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Gulags: Then and Now. Thankfully, the "now" part of a set of abandoned place photos.

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July 6, 2011 - 1:04am
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