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Weekend Links: Staring at the Sun

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Conventional wisdom warns sky-watchers not to look directly at an eclipse. Czech photographer Miloslav Druckmüller, in partnership with the Brno University of Technology, has done all the work for you in capturing shots of the solar corona during a total eclipse of the sun.

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Grandmothers are the same the world around: they all want you to eat something. Gabriele Galimberti’s photo series of the various cuisines global Grandmas are trying to feed their loved ones is both heartwarming and mouthwatering.

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Documentary filmmaker Willie Witte has a refreshing response to modern digital trickery: his experimental video, “SCREENGRAB,” features no more manipulation than some crafty camera angles and impressive sleight of hand, but you’ll likely want to watch it more than once to be sure.

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On the far opposite end of the filmmaking spectrum, the world’s smallest movie, entitled “A Boy and His Atom,” was made by manipulating individual atoms and compiling images from a scanning tunneling microscope into a stop-motion short film.

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Newly released photos of iconic actress Audrey Hepburn’s time in Rome show the Breakfast at Tiffany’s star in all her classic elegance.

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The MAVEN spacecraft is holding a contest: submit a message in the form of a haiku poem, and they could send your name and three-line missive on a DVD to Mars. There’s no word yet on whether any extraterrestrials will be around to read it.

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A German opera house was forced to close down its Nazi-themed production of Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser for, well, fairly obvious reasons. The work was so offensive that some audience members sought medical treatment for their distress. Maybe no one in Düsseldorf got the memo that The Producers was a comedy?

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 It’s nearly swimming season! These vintage beach photos should help you get excited to don your choice of bathing costume and dive into the water.

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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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