It happens all the time, but it's rare that we actually watch it happen: a comet falling into the Sun. (It's unclear to me what the brief tiny streaks are, since SOHO is a spacecraft and the image was not taken through Earth's atmosphere, where meteors would look like that. Meteors in the solar atmosphere?)
We've identified what may be a much better proxy for ancient climate: clam shells. Unlike tree growth rings, which may be affected by several factors like rainfall, sunlight, soil chemistry, and so on, clam shell growth (and the mix of isolotopes, particularly oxygen) seem very closely correlated to the temperature of the water in which the clam lived out its life.
I know, I know, AMD has its Magny-Cours 12-core Opteron server CPU, but the cores only run at 1.7 GHz--and more to the point, exist on two separate side-by-side six-core dies, which may be cheating a little. I'm sure they're very good chips, but sheesh! We still don't know how to do parallelism in general terms. Even AMD is puzzled, so they launched a contest titled, "What would you do with 48 cores?"
And if you don't believe me, open Windows Task Manager, click the Performance tab, and watch all your cores but one do nothing. To paraphrase George Carlin: What do cores do on their day off? They can't just lay around...that's their job!
Frank Glover put me on to an interesting hand-drawn animated movie that I hope to see fairly soon, if I can find anywhere playing it. (Distribution in the US is inexplicably a problem for them.) The Secret of Kells is about the Book of Kells, and (more intriguingly) is drawn in the style of medieval manuscript illumination. It took a few seconds watching the trailer to catch on, but eventually I had the feeling that I was watching manuscript illuminations come to life. Damned cool.