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A Helium Balloon Bridge

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French artist Olivier Grossette created a helium balloon bridge installation in Cheshire, England that is beautiful and surreal. I want this to be something you can really use! 
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Robot Revolution Update: giving new literal meaning to "manufactured pop act" (or rock act in this case …).
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Long Read: The Land of the Free -- How Virtual Fences Will Transform Rural America. Very cool.
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The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows may all be made up (and some are a little too flowery), but when he gets it right, he gets it right (like with Kenopsia)
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The top 10 best books for inquiring minds. Definitely bookmarked for future reading.
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So there is a video of Sir David Attenborough comforting a blind baby rhino. And all is right with the world.
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True Facts About The Land Snail, by Ze Frank. If frank language about reproductive organs disturbs you, I would not click!
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From the Annals Of Too Much Time: a picture of a cat dressed up as "Breaking Bad's" Walter White. Frighteningly accurate (much more hair, though). I feel complete.
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Like this picture of downtown Atlanta hotel The Westin, it's time for me to take off. Thanks to everyone who has read my Weekend Links (and sent them in!) over the years - don't stop now! Keep sending your submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com. As for me, you can follow my continued adventures on Twitter, or cast an eye to my website for my other writing. Love to you all! Adieu!

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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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