For those of you who don’t know, every weekend we come to you with 25 of the week’s best links, articles, images, and videos from all over the web. The last week has certainly not been a disappointment with everything from the return of Hiro in “Heroes Reborn” to the shocking Germanwings plane crash that has left us stunned. So get ready to kick off the weekend because this is Link25 (134) – The Germanwings Crash Edition.
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Science Shows Why Drum Machines Will Never Replace Live Drummers
The live drummer is an endangered species in much of today’s popular music. Modern post-production makes it supremely easy to substitute programmed drums for an imperfect human performance, or even to buff out errors from a live take. Increasingly, a good drummer is simply an afterthought for producers.
But this trend is definitively misguided. Recent scientific studies show there are [Click on the title to read the full article]
Assassin's Creed in real life (this is awesome!)
Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Rice, the lifeblood of so many nations’ cuisines, is perhaps the most ubiquitous food in the world. In Asia, where an estimated 90 percent of all rice is consumed, the pillowy grains are part of almost every meal. In the Caribbean, where the starch is often mixed with beans, it’s a staple too. Even here in the United States, where people eat a comparatively modest amount of rice, plenty is still consumed.
Rice is popular because it’s malleable—it pairs well with a lot of different kinds of food—and it’s relatively cheap. But like other starch-heavy foods, it has one central flaw: it isn’t that good for you. White rice consumption, in particular, has been linked to [click on the title to read the full article]
This is what happens when you spin a CD fast enough
This world is coming to an end, but there is still hope
Dashcam videos of distracted teens crashing cars will make you fear teens, texting.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently completed a study on teen drivers and accidents where they installed dash cameras in teens’ cars. What they discovered makes me want to move to some sort of reverse Logan’s Run community where everyone is 20 and older. According to AAA, “The results showed that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of all crashes studied, including […]
Costa Rica is now running completely on renewable energy
Costa Rica is running without having to burn a single fossil fuel, and it’s been doing so for 75 straight days.
Thanks to some heavy rainfall this year, Costa Rica’s hydropower plants alone are generating nearly enough electricity to power the entire country. With a boost from geothermal, solar, and wind energy sources, the country doesn’t need [click on the title to read the full article]
Explorer Interrupts Mating Tortoises, Slowest Chase Ever Ensues
Rover Completes First Ever “Mars Marathon” with Time of 11 Years, 2 Months
[NASA JPL] NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, working on Mars since January 2004, passed marathon distance in total driving on March 24, 2015, during the mission’s 3,968th Martian day, or sol. A drive of 153 feet (46.5 meters) on Sol 3968 brought Opportunity’s total odometry to 26.221 miles (42.198 kilometers). Olympic marathon distance is 26.219 miles (42.195 kilometers).
“This is the first time any human enterprise has exceeded the distance of a marathon on the surface of another world,” said John Callas, Opportunity project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
The long-lived rover surpassed the marathon mark during a [click on the title to read the full article]
Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot 'wanted to destroy plane'
Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, citing information from the “black box” voice recorder, said the co-pilot was alone in the cockpit.
He intentionally started a descent while the pilot was locked out.
Mr Robin said there was “absolute silence in the cockpit” as the pilot fought to re-enter it.
He said [click the title to read the full article]
Every Tom Hanks Movie in 7 Minutes (with Tom Hanks and James Corden)
First Pic Of Ryan Reynolds As Deadpool Is Damn Sexy
Here is the first, official picture of Ryan Reynolds as everyone’s favorite anti-hero Deadpool. Looks good. Looks really good. Please, comic lords, let this PG-13 adaptation be filthy.
Ryan Reynolds just tweeted out a shot of him (or some sort of CG melding of him) in the Deadpool suit. That is freaking Deadpool. So far, so good. Fingers crossed Fox can create a [click on the title to read the full article]
He plays better Volleyball than me
Masi Oka Returning for NBC’s ‘Heroes Reborn’
Masi Oka, who played the lovable space-time manipulator Hiro Nakamura on the NBC drama “Heroes,” will reprise his role as a guest star for the show’s successor, the miniseries “Heroes Reborn.”
“I’m excited to return to my ‘Heroes’ roots,” said Oka, who was nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role. “Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play, and I’m hoping the fans will enjoy seeing him back on TV.”
Jack Coleman also returns to play the suspicious — if well-meaning — Jack Bennett (also known as the man with the horn-rimmed glasses). New cast members include [click on the title to read the full article]
Now this is a smart bird
That's not how this works guys
After East Village Blast, a Familiar Sight: New Yorkers to the Rescue
First there was the smell of gas, then an explosion and a burst of flying glass. Smoke and a hail of hot ash spattered onto the pavement of Second Avenue in the East Village as a red-brick building folded into itself on Thursday afternoon. Flames licked out of some windows, and the bottom floors blew out.
The blast and fire, which injured at least 19 people, four critically, also served as a call to action for those who could help.
A woman hung on the last rungs of a fire escape, unable to [Click on the title to read the full article]
Best Fails of the Week
When Does a Speed Limit Come Into Effect?
On paper, speed limits sound like a pretty simple idea- legislators and experts agree upon a given speed at which it’s deemed safe to travel through an area and then let the public know by clearly signposting it. But a question we’ve received numerous times over the years is when exactly does a speed limit legally come into effect? Here now is the answer.[Click on the title to read the full article]
The New York Fire Department's cats are Instagram celebrities
The New York City Fire Department has its hands full saving the day, but after a long day’s work, those firefighters have Internet-famous felines to return to in the firehouse.
New York firehouse cats are gaining traction on Instagram, where carlow_fdny_ca and midtownboogiefdny have both amassed a significant following in recent weeks. Dalmations and other sorts of dogs are the [click on the title to read the full article]
More Siberian Craters Might Spell Trouble For Arctic Regions
After the discovery of several mysterious craters in Siberia aroused a slew of public safety fears this past March, Moscow scientist Vasily Bogoyavlensky of the Oil and Gas Research Institute called for an “urgent” investigation into the craters’ origins. This decision came on the heels of a giant hole that formed in the [click on the title to read the full article]
BatDad Vine Compilation 10 (He has a new one! Check it out)
26 Harp Seal Pictures Guaranteed To Make You Squeal
There is an animal in the great arctic north that will make the strongest of men weak in the knees. This wiggly little white worm of fluff is known as a harp seal and dear lord is it adorable. For your uncontrollable enjoyment [click on the title to see more adorable seals]