Link Tank: Ashley Eckstein on the Casting of Ahsoka for The Mandalorian

Digital spring cleaning, Star Wars, coronavirus updates, and more in today's Link Tank!

Ahsoka Tano voice actress Ashley Eckstein gives her thoughts on the live action casting of her character.

“The casting of Rosario Dawson as fan-favorite Star Wars character, Ahsoka Tano, has gotten a mixed response for a number of important reasons. One reason that has gotten people upset on the less problematic side of the issue is that they feel as if Ahsoka’s longtime voice actress, Ashley Eckstein, was overlooked for the role. Especially when Eckstein has portrayed the character consistently for over a decade, including in The Rise of Skywalker.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

Your home isn’t the only thing that needs a thorough cleaning this spring. Here’s how you can tidy up your online accounts now that we’re all stuck indoors.

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“Being isolated at home means you have more time to set up your Animal Crossing island and binge on Disney+, but it’s also a good opportunity to accomplish some of the digital chores you’ve been putting off. Your online safety, device security, and peace of mind could depend on it. In these unprecedented times, it’s understandable to want to entertain yourself at home. But by checking off a few of these mundane jobs, you can save yourself some stress down the line.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

The polio vaccine was announced on this day in 1953 by Dr. Jonas Salk. Let’s take a look at its impact.

“On March 26, 1953, Dr. Jonas Salk went on CBS radio to announce his vaccine for poliomyelitis. He had worked for three years to develop the polio vaccine, attacking a disease that killed 3000 Americans in 1952 alone, along with 58,000 newly reported cases. Polio was a scourge, and had been infecting humans around the world for millennia. Salk’s vaccine was the first practical way to fight it, and it worked—polio was officially eliminated in the U.S. in 1979.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Elon Musk is re-opening Tesla’s New York plant to produce ventilators for the fight against COVID-19.

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“Tesla will reopen its New York factory to produce ventilators in the fight against the coronavirus, Elon Musk declared Wednesday. The Tesla CEO has committed resources to supply ventilators and masks to address shortages in healthcare systems. ‘Giga New York will reopen for ventilator production as soon as humanly possible,’ Musk wrote on Twitter, referring to the Buffalo facility ordinarily used to produce solar products. ‘We will do anything in our power to help the citizens of New York.'”

Read more at Inverse.

The coronavirus is a preview of what may happen in severe climate catastrophes, but how we handle this crisis may also hold the future solution.

“The United States will shortly become the epicenter of the novel coronavirus pandemic, if it isn’t already. At time of writing some 60,653 American cases have been confirmed, and 784 people have died. It’s going to get much, much worse before it gets better — especially if President Trump goes ahead with his evident plan to open the country back up before the virus is controlled.”

Read more at The Week.

Google Maps has virtual tours of over thirty US national parks you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

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“Ah, nature! Where towering redwoods make humble ants of great men! Where the vast blue meets in a foam crescendo against cliffs rich in mineral history! Where people are free to wear cargo shorts! The national park system in the United States is one of America’s greatest treasures, undoubtedly worth traveling the country to explore. But, thanks to Google Earth, it’s also one we can appreciate from the comfort of our own homes.”

Read more at Thrillist.