Link25 (258) – The Great American Solar Eclipse Edition

Posted by , Updated on August 18, 2017

Are you ready? It’s been an entire week since our last Link25 and we know you’ve been eagerly anticipating this moment. As always we come to you with 25 of the week’s best links, articles, images, and videos from all over the web and this week we are really excited to share with you some really cool stuff. As you stroll through this week’s link25 watch out for the discovery of a new exoplanet, the Netflix Defender trailer, pointers on how to take the perfect eclipse photo, and of course some cool facts on solar eclipses. While you’re enjoying these great videos and articles, take a moment and enjoy funny images and gifs as well. So are you ready to kick off the weekend with some of the best the web has to offer? Of course you are! This is Link25 (258) – The Great American Solar Eclipse Edition.


Here’s what happens to your retina if you view an eclipse without protection


Americans are making their last dashes for glasses and viewers to watch the rare total solar eclipse that will glide across the continental US on Monday. Meanwhile, eye doctors are trying to (click on the image to read the full article).

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What a Border Collie Taught A Linguist About Language


TANSY WAS NOT into sports. The little border collie, a rescue, didn’t care for agility trials or flyball. But her adopted family—with two other border collies already in the house—played them all the time.
Border collies, the elite athletes of the canine universe, are (click on the image to read the full article).


What Humpback Whales Can Teach Us About Compassion


When I was in university, a pub owner offered me a job as bouncer. He reasoned that folks would be less likely to get into a brawl with a friendly female than they would a large hairy bloke. Always a sucker for a social science experiment, I gamely took…(click on the image to read the full article).


How to photograph the solar eclipse: The only guide you need


If you use social media of any kind, you’ve seen tons of articles about how to take a photo of the upcoming eclipse. Some of them were created by true experts, while others were cobbled together from bits of information found hastily on Google. But photographing a solar eclipse is actually rather complicated–if you want to (click on the image to read the full article).


Archaeologists Just Discovered Three Hidden 2,000-Year-Old Egyptian Tombs


No one did tombs like the ancient Egyptians, and archaeologists have just discovered three new ones in northeast Egypt, all more than 2,000 years old.

The finds are set to provide experts with a treasure trove of new artefacts, including bones, clay fragments, and even several sarcophagi of differing sizes that will shed more light on how the people of the area both lived and died. (Click on the image to read the full article).


Everything You Need to Know Before You Watch ‘The Defenders’

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Lost crew of 18th Century Dutch treasure ship found off coast of Kent


The lost crew of an 18th century Dutch merchant ship has been found by marine archaeologists who were racing against time to preserve the wreck before it is destroyed forever by an invasive sea worm. (click on the image to read the full article).


Marvel’s The Defenders | Official Trailer 3 [HD] | Netflix

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You've been Drinking Whisky Wrong Your Whole Life, According To A New Study


As all good whisky enthusiasts and connoisseurs will tell you, a drop of water in your dram enhances the smell and flavor of the smoky, golden liquid. Turning to the slightly unconventional use of computer simulations, scientists have now been able to explain exactly why a dribble of water helps the tipple. (Click on the image to read the full article).


From the edge of the solar system, Voyager probes are still talking to Australia after 40 years


This month marks 40 years since NASA launched the two Voyager space probes on their mission to explore the outer planets of our solar system, and Australia has been helping the US space agency keep track of the probes at every step of their epic journey. (Click on the image to read the full article).


Finland attack: 2 killed in Turku stabbing spree


At least two people were killed and six others hospitalized Friday in a stabbing attack at two markets in the Finnish city of Turku, police said.

Officers took a suspect into custody after shooting him in the leg after the attack, police said, and they (Click on the image to read the full article).




Another Nerby Red Dwarf Star System, Another Possible Exoplanet Discovered


In the past few years, there has been no shortages of extra-solar planets discoveries which orbit red dwarf stars. In 2016 and 2017 alone, astronomers announced the discovery of a terrestrial (i.e. rocky) planet around Proxima Centauri (Proxima b), a seven-planet system orbiting TRAPPIST-1, and super-Earths orbiting the nearby stars of LHS 1140 (LHS 1140b), and GJ 625 (GJ 625b).

In what could be the latest discovery, physicists at the University of Texas Arlington (UTA) recently (Click on the image to read the full article).


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Spain attacks: Suspects shot dead in Cambrils after van-ramming


Spanish police say they have shot dead five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils in a second vehicle attack, hours after another in Barcelona killed 13 people and injured dozens.
Police said the men were linked to the Barcelona attack, which so-called (Click on the image to read the full article).




What should you say to a climate change skeptic?


We’ve all been there: The perfectly innocuous conversation you’ve been having at a friend’s party or your kid’s soccer game devolves into an argument about climate change. Suddenly, you realize you’re talking to a climate change skeptic.

You want to help your acquaintances see the light. But how?

We asked climate scientists and communicators how to have constructive discussions about climate change. They offered both general advice about how (Click on the image to read the full article).


In which we discuss a variety of fascinating eclipse related facts for your reading pleasure


After initially welcoming Christopher Columbus and his crew to Jamaica and supplying them with food and supplies after he became shipwrecked in 1503, the Arawak Indians grew weary of Columbus’ men robbing and cheating them and subsequently halted all trade with their island guests

Without a significant source of food or means to leave, Columbus’ expedition was in serious trouble. Luckily for his crew, he (click on the image to read the full article).


Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run (The New York Times)


Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled chief strategist who helped President Trump win the 2016 election but clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers, is leaving his post, a White House spokeswoman announced Friday.

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in (Click the image to read the full article).

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