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The Missing Links: The First Rule of the Anti-Flirt Club Is…

TED + The Onion = Onion Talks This skewering of TED’s TED Talks is hilarious and perfectly executed. * The Five-Second Rule: Debunked But not before countless generations have taken a chance on a recently dropped piece of candy. * Splendid Silhouettes I know three things about Olly Moss: 1. He is an artist 2. He has the coolest [...]

Link Latte 187

#187 – Week of September 5, 2012 Time Travel: Color Photos of Paris in 1914 – [unique collection] Inside the Yakuza Gang (with Photos) – [interesting] Epic Fight: Shark vs. Octopus – [wow video] Magnificent Ejection Event on the Sun – [space pic] Parking Lambo in a Living Room, Bonus – [wow videos] Super Link: Most Watched TED Talks – [got [...]

Lectures for a New Year: A Brain Scientist Studies Her Own Stroke

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist (or “brain scientist”) from Indiana. In 1996 she experienced a major stroke, out of the blue, at age 37. As a scientist deeply involved with brain function, she was ideally situated to understand the stroke as it happened (as much as anyone can during a frickin’ [...]

Why Do We Need Libraries?

Each week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Books as a decorative theme — there’s always something new to see! Here’s a great picture a reader shared recently. You can see more great mosaics [...]

The Story of Mr. Splashy Pants, by Alexis Ohanian

Loyal readers who follow Higgins on this blog know all about TED Talks. Some of my favorites he’s posted include this one by Torsten Reil and this one by Ian Dunbar. Because he’s been such a devoted _flosser, and because reddit has done such nice things for us, we couldn’t resist posting this really short, [...]

15 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter

So many podcasts out there, but so little time. Here are fifteen in particular that are worth your time and will make you a better informed citizen of the world. Links include TED Talks, the Naked Scientists, a couple frm NPR and the BBC, and the greatest thing on radio, This American Life: The show’s incredible [...]