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A list of the past entries in our "Link of the Day" feature:

 31-Jul-15 Feeling the internet: how people with visual disabilities surf the webCan you imagine using a computer without a monitor? How would you know where to click, where to type or what images your screen should be showing?  These challenges are very real for people who are blind and visually impaired. Most of us have never considered how we would use a computer, let alone the internet without sight.
 30-Jul-15 The nerd's guide to learning everything onlineSome of us learn best in the classroom, and some of us ... well, we don't. But we still love to learn — we just need to find the way that works for us. In this charming, personal talk, author John Green shares the community of learning that he found in online video.
 29-Jul-15 5 things left to explore in our solar system"There's a lot left to explore," says Rebecca Ghent, a planetary scientist at the University of Toronto and at the U.S.-based Planetary Science Institute, a non-profit corporation dedicated to solar system exploration. Her opinion is shared by other Canadian planetary scientists. Here are some solar system destinations left to look forward to.
 28-Jul-15 The reason every meme uses that one fontThat meme typeface is called Impact (technically, a "font" is a specific version of a typeface, like when it's italicized or in bold). Though Impact feels like the quintessential internet typeface, it was released in 1965. In 2004, Geoff Lee told the now-defunct Typophile forum how he designed the typeface back in the day, using hand-cut metal to create each letter. A couple of years after creating Impact, Lee sold the typeface to the type foundry Stephenson Blake
 27-Jul-15 Fastest Ship in the Universe: How Sci-Fi Ships Stack UpFrom the Millennium Falcon to the USS Enterprise, science fiction has shown us a vast array of out-of-this-world spaceships that defy our rules of physics. We’ve rounded up some of your favorite intergalactic crafts from television, film and video games, along with real NASA spacecraft, to compare and speculate who has the fastest ship in the universe.
 24-Jul-15 The Quest to Mimic Nature’s Trickiest ColorsIt was an image in a book of a sparkly blue fish—a West Indian Ocean coelacanth—that inspired German painter Franziska Schenk to begin a project that would occupy much of her adult life. “It was mysterious and beautiful,” she says, “and as a child I had been enamored with the sea.” She became engrossed with trying to capture that elusive beauty in her art. Making iridescent paintings would not only prove a technical challenge, but would also force Schenk to explore some of the exotic ways that nature creates color.
 23-Jul-15 Why Screams Are TerrifyingYou know a scream when you hear it. Whether a shriek, a howl, or a holler, when that familiar sound reaches your ears, you know something’s wrong. Screams can even be distinctive, so much so that films use particularly “good” screams over and over again. But what’s in a scream, really? Why do we find them so innately alarming?
 22-Jul-15 Everything You Need To Know About PlutoLast week, NASA's New Horizons probe zoomed past Pluto, the first time the former planet (and current dwarf-planet) has ever been visited by spacecraft.  On Wednesday, NASA briefed the press on a number of developments; Slate's Phil Plait has a good roundup of what we learned. Here are some more images of and stories about Pluto...
 21-Jul-15 What does rosemary do to your brain?In folk medicine, rosemary has been associated for centuries with having a good memory. But is it worth investigating whether it really has any powers, asks Dr Chris Van Tulleken. In scientific terms there are different kinds of memory. There's past memory - your experiences and what you learned at school. There's present memory, which is your working minute-to-minute memory. And there's future memory or "remembering to remember".
 20-Jul-15 Facebook unfriending: Why you should think twice"In real life, you can just sort of let someone drift away from you.... You just stop interacting," says Aimee Morrison, associate professor of English at the University of Waterloo, who works in digital humanities. "There's this idea that unfriending on Facebook is like an active step that you take to tell somebody: 'I don't like you. I don't want to see your stuff anymore."
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