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Morning Cup of Links: The Year That Was

2012 on Twitter: The 5 Conversations that Spun Our World This Year. Most of them were about events occurring outside of the U.S.
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10 Disney Songs Sung In The Characters' Native Tongues. Eighteen years later, even in Zulu, "The Circle of Life" still makes me cry.
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Fascinating Prom Portraits from Across America. The awkward coming-of-age ritual was documented with a Polaroid Land camera by photographer Mary Ellen Mark for her book Prom.
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Google's Zeitgeist 2012. Google presents their annual look back at the year's highlights, framed as they were presented at G+ as well as YouTube.
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The Absolute Very Worst Movies Of 2012. There are a lot of them, coming soon to a TV near you.
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Watch the Largest Glacier Break-Up Ever Caught On Film. It is estimated that 4.5 cubic miles of the glacier near Greenland fell off in one event.
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‘Thanks for Ruining My Life.’ A sexual assault victim may go to jail for defying a gag order while her attackers won't, in a case that pits free speech against the juvenile justice system.
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8 logo revisions that had people howling. Folks do get strangely attached to brand identification.
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5 Celebrity Kidnapping Plots. Just one more reason to be thankful you're not famous.

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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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