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Weekend Links: Staring at the Sun

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Miloslav Druckmüller

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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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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