Link Tank: Animatronic Baby Yoda Wows the Internet

The animatronic Baby Yoda, the newest Black Widow trailer, overlooked scientists, and more in today's Link Tank!

Check out this amazing animatronic Baby Yoda by Grant Imahara from Mythbusters!

“Grant Imahara, formerly of Mythbusters, is a genius at design and tinkering. So it’s no surprise his animatronic Baby Yoda doll, built from scratch and recently showcased on his Instagram, is so impressive. Created with the power of 3D printing, mechanical design, programming, and probably the Force, this Baby Yoda is, above all else, convincing.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova’s relationship may just be the highlight of the latest Black Widow trailer.

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“Natasha Romanoff has always been something of a lone wolf, and now, in the final trailer for Black Widow, we can see that her heart may have always been with her sister, Yelena. Yelena Belova, who in the comics is also Black Widow, went through the same program that Natasha did as a child. While most definitely not blood-related (yet we’ll have to see what the Marvel Cinematic Universe does with their relationship), the two have a sisterly blond that makes the stakes that much higher for Black Widow.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

We’ve all heard of Charles Darwin and Thomas Edison, but great contributors to science are more often overlooked than not. Check out these scientists you should know about, but probably don’t.

“Pop quiz time: Can you name the scientist who came up with the theory of evolution by natural selection? If you answered Charles Darwin, you’re right. But if you answered Alfred Russel Wallace, you’re also right. Sort of. Wallace was a naturalist who had also studied how plants and animals adapt to their environments and had observed that only the fittest survived. While recovering from a bout with malaria in Southeast Asia, he sent a letter to Darwin outlining his theory—and Darwin ran with it.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus shows how woefully underprepared the United States is at dealing with pandemics.

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“We are knee-deep in the current outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, which is likely to get considerably worse before it gets better. Every hour brings more reports of new infections, more deaths, the closures of schools, and the quarantining of entire regions. The effects these developments will have on the economy are potentially devastating. This is a bad moment for America — and the world.”

Read more at The Week.

For those of us with tons of electronic gadgets in need of a good cleaning this spring, here’s how to effectively do that.

“There is spring cleaning and then there is coronavirus cleaning. COVID-19 news has you aware of how many times a day you touch your face, but how about how many times a day you touch your phone and other devices? You may want to dunk everything into a vat of bleach, but before you go that route, grab some microfiber cloths, cotton swabs, distilled water, isopropyl alcohol, and dish soap and read our guide to getting your gadgets gleaming—after you unplug or turn off, of course. We’ll show you how to disinfect your devices and give everything else a general cleaning.”

Read more at PCMag.

Onward features a cute Simpsons short in theaters. Here’s why The Simpsons are opening for Pixar’s newest film.

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“When audiences file into the theater for a Pixar film, they expect a certain aesthetic to greet them, that familiar style of CG animation. But sitting down to see Onward, the studio’s latest heartbreaker about two elf brothers on a quest to spend time with their dead dad, moviegoers might experience a bit of whiplash. The usual short that will play before Onward not a Pixar product: It’s a Simpsons one. ‘Playdate with Destiny,’ a short featuring the cartoon family’s perpetual infant Maggie, will screen alongside the fantasy adventure movie.”

Read more at Thrillist.