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Weekend Links: Staring at the Sun

Miloslav Druckmüller
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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The Battle of New York: An Avengers Oral History
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Marvel

The Battle of New York: An Avengers Oral History. It took a huge team of professionals to pull it off.

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The Mountain Man Who Outran His Captors Barefoot and Naked. John Colter had to think fast to escape Blackfoot country.

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A Program to Guide You to College Success. First-generation college students do much better when they have personal guidance from trained counselors.

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When Don the Talking Dog Took the Nation by Storm. He only knew eight words, but was the hit of the vaudeville circuit.

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A Spring Drive in Nepal. A driver must have nerves of steel to avoid waterfalls cascading over the mountain road.

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The Heart-Racing Drama of Dissecting a Beached Whale. Dr. Joy Reidenberg shares stories from her unique job.

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The Robot-Operated Power Plant of the Future. One is already being built in Japan.

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7 Times People Were Awarded Lifetime Supplies Of Things. That's the way to make a few lifetime fans.

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What Are Mercury's Mysterious Red Spots?
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What Are Mercury's Mysterious Red Spots? Data from the MESSENGER probe proves the tiny planet is more interesting than we ever knew.

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How Antonio Banderas Conquered His Fear of Playing Picasso. The role of his hometown hero was intimidating before now.

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What Kind of Town Elects a Cat as its Mayor? The kind of town Talkeetna, Alaska, is.

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Where the Amish Go on Vacation. A neighborhood in Sarasota, Florida, is the place for an annual respite from normal work.

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8 Serious Hollywood Scenes That Looked Hilarious Before CGI. Don't let a look behind the scenes ruin your suspension of disbelief.

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A Cat Walks Into a Deli ... And the clerk helps him select a choice cut of meat.

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How Charles Dickens Imagined a Westworld-like Robot Theme Park Back In 1838. The Mudfog Association proposed using automatons to provide immersive entertainment.

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The Jewish Psychic Who Tricked Hitler. Erik Jan Hanussen was a master at manipulating gullible people, up to a point.

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