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Morning Cup of Links: Oscars and Razzies

Find out the winners of the 2012 Academy Awards, and read what they said that was worth remembering. But most important, see what they wore.
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Even more interesting, the annual Razzie Awards celebrate the worst films of 2011. The nominations are out, and one film was so bad, it got 12 nominations in ten categories.
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Mysterious brown lights have been seen in the mountains of North Carolina for decades. Plenty of people are investigating them, and making money from them.
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In a breakthrough that will affect cosplay and furry cultures, researchers in Tokyo have developed a cat mask that can be controlled by the wearer's facial movements. They also have some useful applications in mind.
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The Black Diamond Jet Team performs aerial acrobatics. Watching from the pilot's POV, your brain tells you it's okay, while your stomach waits for the crash.
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Teller Reveals His Secrets. Magicians use their knowledge of perception, attention, and human nature to create illusions, but that doesn't ruin the magic.
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Gatonovela is a soap opera starring cats. This episode involves a Mexican drug cartel throwing its weight around.
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Siberia's Altai Mountains are beautiful and wild and hard to live in. So instead, you can look at some fascinating photos.
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Chandra Bahadur Dangi of Nepal has been recognized as the world's shortest man. At 21.5 inches tall and 72 years old, he finally got tired of being overlooked.
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An advisory committee recommended the FDA approve the anti-obesity drug Qnexa, which had previously been rejected. The obesity epidemic calls for "desperate measures," despite the risks.
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A Brief History of Newspaper Endorsements. Which will probably fade completely away soon.

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A Very Brief History of Chamber Pots

Some of the oldest chamber pots found by archeologists have been discovered in ancient Greece, but portable toilets have come a long way since then. Whether referred to as "the Jordan" (possibly a reference to the river), "Oliver's Skull" (maybe a nod to Oliver Cromwell's perambulating cranium), or "the Looking Glass" (because doctors would examine urine for diagnosis), they were an essential fact of life in houses and on the road for centuries. In this video from the Wellcome Collection, Visitor Experience Assistant Rob Bidder discusses two 19th century chamber pots in the museum while offering a brief survey of the use of chamber pots in Britain (including why they were particularly useful in wartime).

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A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room
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The Rare Book Room at the New York Academy of Medicine documents the evolution of our medical knowledge. Its books and artifacts are as bizarre as they are fascinating. Read more here.

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