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Weekend Links: Any Way the Wind Blows

From my friend Dekalb, a very exciting link for weather nerds like me: a wind map of the U.S. Check out some of the gallery pictures as well, I think they're beautiful! Watching the live stream is so fascinating (though keep in mind this is coming from someone who has the doppler radar up at almost all times).
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Take a speed reading test and see how well you do! My first attempt was 623 words per minute, which apparently makes me 149% faster than the national average. Hey, I was an English major! What were your results? Did they surprise you? (Good or bad?)
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Check out some beautiful pictures from Watkins Glen State Park. Looks magical, have any of you been there?
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From my friend Matt W, Emmy Noether is The Mighty Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of. "Albert Einstein called her the most “significant” and “creative” female mathematician of all time, and others of her contemporaries were inclined to drop the modification by sex. She invented a theorem that united with magisterial concision two conceptual pillars of physics: symmetry in nature and the universal laws of conservation. Some consider Noether’s theorem, as it is now called, as important as Einstein’s theory of relativity; it undergirds much of today’s vanguard research in physics, including the hunt for the almighty Higgs boson. Yet Noether herself remains utterly unknown, not only to the general public, but to many members of the scientific community as well."
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Can you guess what these abstract pop culture lego recreations are meant to represent? (It took me a while!)
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A game I've probably linked to before, but is always worth another go: Knoword tests your recall by giving you a definition and letting you fill in the word (and you get a hint for the first letter, which is nice!)
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To the question "Is Google killing general knowledge?" I say ... we definitely cannot get through trivia night anymore without lamenting the cell phone ban (!)
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I've never seen such questionable and lazy photoshopping in my life (and unnecessary, to boot), but these 7 historical figures really do have some pretty convincing current celebrity look-a-likes (They left out the Nick Cage one though).
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Stay tuned - more links tomorrow! In the meantime, send your submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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