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Morning Cup of Links: Sandy Hook Elementary

Remembering the Victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. Get ready for pictures of bright little children and the adults who gave their all for them.
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A mother with a mentally-ill teenager knows what it was like to be Adam Lanza's mother. And it ain't pretty.
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What gun control can and can't do. From where America stands now, the issue is more complicated than you might realize.
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And now for some not-so-serious links, starting with just the thing you need after the serious stories. Zoo Babies 2012: Adorable Baby Animal Pictures From Around The World.
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Holiday Party Bingo. You've been to more than one holiday party and you know these things happen at every one of them.
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America's Epic Beer Battle. Five generations of the family who controlled Anheuser-Busch prove that CEOs should not always be selected by DNA.
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A Collection Of The Best Drunk Santas. The participants in this year's Santacon in New York put their best foot forward, but then missed the step.
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The Slow Mo Guys went all out for their latest stunt: throwing flaming liquids. Don't ever try this, anywhere.
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The Really Long Original Name of ‘A Christmas Carol’ (and Other Fun Dickensian Facts). There's nothing more Christmassy than a good ghost story.

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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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