10 Cool Stories Of the Week – July 14th to July 21th, 2012

Passing tourists…,  great impromptu analysis…, Astronomers confirm…, Come for Reservoir Dogs…, Welterweight tournament final…, bothered playing…,  best arcade games…, All major sport competitions…, Terrorism is a disease…, Stormtroopers play…, Jeff Goldblum… 1. Friendly glacier waves at passing tourists

Astronauts who have gone on space walks consistently speak of space’s extraordinarily peculiar odor. They can’t smell it while they’re actually bobbing in it, because the interiors of their space suits just smell plastic-y. But upon stepping back into the space station and removing their helmets, they get a strong, distinctive whiff of the final frontier. The odor clings to their suit, helmet, gloves and tools.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - July 14th to July 21th, 2012

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - July 14th to July 21th, 2012

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - July 14th to July 21th, 2012 2. Some smarty-pants HS educator gives a great impromptu analysis of what can be taught to our kids from the Aurora media coverage. Difficulty: lots of words, reason

Abstract: an analysis of high-impact news stories and the 24 hour analysis-reporting cycle as it impacts the teaching of communications and information literacy. I think the best description of the news-commentary-begets-more-news cycle I have heard came from Jon Stewart on the daily show. I looked (lightly) for the specific clip, but could not find it. If I do, I will be sure to link to it. Essentially.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - July 14th to July 21th, 2012

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - July 14th to July 21th, 2012

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - July 14th to July 21th, 2012



 3. Astronomers confirm there are two potentially habitable planets orbiting Gilese 581

Remember Gliese 581g? The potentially habitable “second Earth” 20 light years away, also known as Zarmina? It’s been looking dicey for a while, as many astronomers questioned its very existence.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - July 14th to July 21th, 2012

4. Map created using over 900 movie titles that sound like places in their titles. Come for Reservoir Dogs, stay for Privates Parade

Though, typically, an intricate yet completely ineffectual map of fake locales should be regarded as the product of mental illness, make an exception for Film Map, a new design the cartographers at Dorothy made by plotting over 900 location-sounding movie titles around a made-up landscape.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - July 14th to July 21th, 2012

 5. Friday Night Fights, Bellator 72 Summer Series returns with the Welterweight tournament final between Karl Amoussou and Bryan Baker. Bouts start online at 6:30pm Eastern

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - July 14th to July 21th, 2012

 6. The twelve best arcade games nobody bothered playing

Arcade games lived in a cruel world. Even in the happy, profitable days of the ’80s and ’90s, they were at the mercy of capricious players, and any game that didn’t pull its own weight in quarters was soon replaced by something more popular. Some games never got a good chance in the first place, as language barriers and poor distribution sentenced them to short careers.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - July 14th to July 21th, 2012

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - July 14th to July 21th, 2012

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - July 14th to July 21th, 2012 7. All major sport competitions since 1903 condensed into circular graphics

If you like sports and awesome data visualization, you will love these posters, which can be printed to order in beautiful paper. You can choose the final playoffs of every major sport event since 1903—427 brackets from the American MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLS to the European Champions League, the UEFA Euro and FIFA’s World Cup.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - July 14th to July 21th, 2012

 8. Terrorism is a disease, and apparently the cure is to go a few rounds with a cage fighter

In the shadow of London’s Olympic stadium, home of the Summer Games, is a hotbed of radical fundamentalism dubbed Londonistan, from where al Qaeda has already recruited for some of its most ambitious plots.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - July 14th to July 21th, 2012

 9. Stormtroopers play tonsil tennis. And other classic moments in history (slideshow)

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - July 14th to July 21th, 2012

 10. Jeff Goldblum is pretty fly for his age

Actor Jeff Goldblum is reportedly dating Emilie Livingston, a former Olympic gymnast and dancer. The two were photographed on vacation in St. Barts, and much has been said about the 30 year age difference between the two. Goldblum, who turns 60 later this year, has a penchant for dating much-younger women. He previously dated 26 year old Lydia Hearst Shaw, a model and the daughter of heiress Patricia Hearst. The couple was separated by a 32 year age difference, which is one of the reasons the relationship did not work out.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - July 14th to July 21th, 2012

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - July 14th to July 21th, 2012