Link Tank: The Best Captains in Pop Culture

Captains in pop culture, creepiest ghost towns in America, the legacy of Henrietta Lacks, and more in today's Link Tank!

From Marvel’s Steve Rogers to Star Trek‘s James T. Kirk, here are some of the best captains in pop culture.

“We’ve covered the finest Star Trek captains in the past (the correct answers are Sisko and Kirk, I will not be taking questions at this time), but there are a whole lot of captains to be found across popular culture. From books to television to movies to comics and video games, we love a man or woman in uniform, bravely commanding or messing up a whole lot or managing to do a bit of both.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

There are ghost towns everywhere in the world. To start, check out the creepiest ones in each state of America.

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“Contrasted with the ancient ruins in Mexico and lost-and-found civilizations across Europe and Asia, the abandoned ore mines, mill towns, and Wild West outposts of the US look downright modern. As a young country, the abandoned settlements of the US reflect a history only a few generations removed from today. They’re endlessly fascinating. And often really, really creepy.”

Read more at Thrillist.

Henrietta Lacks is often cited as the Mother of Modern Science. Check out her story and legacy.

“On February 8, 1951, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, shaved a piece of cancerous tissue from the cervix of a 30-year-old woman. She had signed an ‘operation permit,’ allowing him to place radium into her cervix to treat her cancer, but nobody had explained their plans to her.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Sick and tired of paying for Photoshop? Here are some decent free alternatives for those who only use the bare minimum of what Photoshop has to offer.

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“Photoshop has become so dominant that you can use its name as a verb, but if you want to get your hands on it you need to shell out at least $10 a month. Don’t worry! There are plenty of completely free alternatives to Photoshop; here are a few of the best.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

A student ID often comes with some great freebies. Here are the best apps with perks and discounts you may be entitled to.

“There’s a reason why ramen is so popular with college students, and it’s not the delicious MSG taste. Ramen is cheap and college is not. There’s tuition, of course, but also living expenses and the cash you need to keep up with activities, events, and, yes, classes. Luckily, some of the top apps and services—from music to meditation—offer student discounts; we’ve outlined a few below.”

Read more at PCMag.

If you want to boost your immune system, weightlifting may be an answer, according to a new study.

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“When the immune system is battling an invader like cancer or a virus over long stretches of time, it can get tired. In a recent study, researchers discovered what could help stave off this ‘immune exhaustion.’ According to research conducted in mice, skeletal muscle can keep the immune system from running out of steam when fighting chronic illnesses.”

Read more at Inverse.