Link Tank: Rise of Skywalker Concept Art Reveals Giant BB-8 Battle Tank

A giant BB-8 battle tank, virtual concerts you can stream, why are sloths slow, and more in today's Link Tank!

BB-8 in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Apparently, there could have been a giant battle tank in the shape of BB-8 in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, according to new concept art.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker already had so much going on, but our exclusive look at some of the concept art behind making it reveals the film could’ve had even more, including something truly delightful. Three words, my friends: BB-8. Battle. Tank.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

The Backstreet Boys recorded a rendition of their classic hit “I Want It That Way” from their homes.

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“We aren’t getting out to concerts much nowadays. But that’s fine as long as we continue to get prime quarantine content from our favorites. Today’s dose of joy in darkness? Backstreet Boys reunion! Well, sort of. I don’t know if it counts as a reunion since they’re all different locations and also they’ve been performing together on tour and in Vegas for a while now but … you get the idea.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

It’s been about 25 years since the death of the singer Selena. Take a look at the impact of her legacy on the Latinx identity today.

“It’s been nearly 25 years since the death of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, but the memory of the Grammy-winning, Mexican American singer is pervasive in popular culture. Musicians of all genres — from Bruno Mars to Kacey Musgraves — cover her songs. Companies have released Selena makeup and clothing collections. This year, Netflix is releasing a much-anticipated series about her life.”

Read more at The Week.

Sloths are famously the slowest mammals on the planet, but why have they evolved to be that way?

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“When it comes to physical activity, few animals have as maligned a reputation as the sloth. The six sloth species, which call Brazil and Panama home, move with no urgency, having seemingly adapted to an existence that allows for a life lived in slow motion. But what makes sloths so sedate? And what horrible, poop-related price must they pay in order to maintain life in the slow lane?”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Are you overworking yourself? Here’s why you should log off.

“South Korean culture is so well-known for its ‘inhumanely long work week,’ as reporters there have put it, that the government in 2018 put a cap on the number of hours that could be worked in a seven-day period. The government crackdown now has scientific evidence to support the social welfare measure passed by the South Korean Parliament a little more than two years ago.”

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For those of you missing concerts in these trying times, check out these virtual concerts you can stream from home.

“Just like the movie industry, the music business has also been fundamentally altered by the developing coronavirus pandemic. With large gatherings suspended and festivals like SXSW shut down, live shows have essentially been canceled across the world. But many musicians are making the best of an admittedly terrible situation. Artists have started livestreaming gigs from empty venues or the privacy of their own homes. Some are staging full-fledged concerts. Others are doing acoustic sets.”