Links voor 23 oktober 2017

The Mind-Boggling Physics of a Standing Double Backflip | WIRED
Humans can do things. Awesome things. Case in point: this human, named Aaron Cook. Cook can do some serious tumbling (just check out his YouTube channel), but he can also do something extremely difficult—a standing double back tuck (backflip).

Brexit: deals and no deals | Flip Chart Fairy Tales
There are several stages to go through before we agree our future relationship with the EU and a number of points at which it could come to grief. A Cliff Edge Brexit is in no-one’s interest and a Chaotic Brexit would be a disaster. The former ministers who have urged the prime minister to walk away from the talks really should know better. ‘No deal is better than a bad deal’ is the silliest soundbite to come out of the Brexit process. ‘No Deal’ is a bad deal. About as bad as it gets. It’s not something that anyone should be wishing on this country.

Welcome – Mild-Mannered Superman
Why are the Fleischer Superman shorts still remembered today, 75 years later? Because the studio had the money to really spend time on the animation. The story goes that the Fleischers thought doing an adventure serial would be too much work, so they tripled their normal asking price, thinking Paramount would immediately balk. Instead, Paramount wrote the check. The result is an absolutely beautiful set of hand-drawn short films that stand the test of time and are still an inspiration to animators today.

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EXCLUSIVE: US Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert – Defense One
The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991. That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base’s 11,000-foot runway — dubbed the “Christmas tree” for their angular markings — could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons and set to take off at a moment’s notice.

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