Links For July 4, 2015

The New Bronze Age

But the pit is not the whole story. Rio Tinto is planning to build a second mine on—or rather, under—the site. The aboveground operation will now be shut down around 2029. But Bingham Canyon is likely to go on. According to the current plan, the giant pit will give way to a giant underground mine, already in the early stages of construction, 2,000 feet beneath the pit’s floor.

Chairman Zhang’s flatpack skyscrapers

Steel is delivered to one of Broad Group’s six huge hangar-like factories, where it is machine-cut and welded into one of a few basic modules - a column, crossbeam or floor section. These are then loaded on to lorries and driven to the site, where they are slotted into place like Tetris pieces, and finally bolted and welded together.... The company says 90% of their buildings’ components are prefabricated like this, with only interior finishing required on site.

We Talked To The People Behind Those Amazing ‘Sesame Street’ Parodies

If it’s Cookie’s Crumby Pictures, our curriculum for that is executive function. It’s figure out how Cookie can control himself, delayed gratification, control emotions, so all the Cookie’s Crumby Pictures parodies, we have to figure out how to make the story about him controlling himself. But then other things, like Game of Thrones, that’s a math one, you can figure out math in that one. Mad Men was emotions, which was just low-hanging fruit for that.

The Most Metal Deaths in Middle-earth, Ranked

King Finrod of Nargothrond died after killing a werewolf barehanded. He did this in a dungeon in Sauron’s fortress on the Isle of Werewolves. Just dying of natural causes in a Dark Lord’s dungeon in a place called the “Isle of Werewolves” would be metal enough to get you on this list, but doing so while killing a werewolf with your hands gets you in the top five.