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Weekend Links: Mind Controlled Robot Arms

This is truly amazing - from my friend Paul, see how the flashed face distortion effect makes ordinary portraits look hideous. I didn't believe it, but if you shift your eyes around you can see the images are not manipulated.
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Fascinating and inspiring: how one teacher turned sixth grade into an MMO (or for you non-nerds, a role playing game)
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I'm pretty positive I've posted this before, but it got such a strong response online this week I thought it was worth bringing out of the vault: Vintage ventriloquism portraits were incredibly unnerving. Good luck never sleeping again, by the way.
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The 6 Most Amazing Jellyfish in the Sea. And a reason I don't go in water that I can't see the bottom of!
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Forget kittens and puppies, owls can also be incredibly cute. Related/unrelated, "owl" was my first word - what was yours?
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Speaking of cute, here's an LOLcat video with deep psychological underpinnings … (well, sorta kinda. Also, how 'bout that cat!?)
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I don't know who volunteers to do things like that, but Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern has found some willing participants to be photographed while being blown by extreme wind. Scary!
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Robot Revolution Update, Bionic Edition - Mind-controlled robot arms show promise: People with tetraplegia use their thoughts to control robotic aids.
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Infuriate your friends with the Old English Word of the Week (if you still have any after using Old English words in common parlance)
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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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