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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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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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