The Weekend is finally upon us and we’re here yet again to help you get started on doing absolutely nothing by bringing you 25 of the week’s best links, articles, images, and videos from all over the web. So, from the new Star Wars trailer to one of the most powerful hurricanes ever, this is Link25 (162) – Hurricane Patricia Edition.
‘Potentially catastrophic’ Patricia becomes strongest hurricane ever recorded, to slam Mexico today
Early Friday, the behemoth Hurricane Patricia became the strongest hurricane ever measured by the National Hurricane Center. Patricia is forecast to make landfall on Mexico’s west central coast late Friday with destructive winds, torrents of rain, and a devastating storm surge.
The Category 5 storm’s maximum sustained winds strengthened to an astonishing 200 mph. “This makes Patricia the strongest hurricane on record in the National Hurricane Center’s area of responsibility (AOR) which includes the
You Can Now Buy the Drug Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli Hiked 5,000% for a Dollar
Martin Shkreli, the hedge fund manager turned pharmaceutical CEO who came to prominence after his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, hiked the price of the lifesaving drug Daraprim, finds himself under threat from a traditional ally: the free market.
Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Inc., a San Diego-based compounding pharmaceutical company, announced it (click to read the full article).
J.K. Rowling reveals the art for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play
Earlier this summer, J.K. Rowling announced that a Harry Potter play was coming to the London stage. Now, we get the first look at the artwork for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, debuting on London’s West End in summer 2016.
Pottermore released the official artwork for the two-part play with a (click the title to read the full article).
The amazing woman who can smell Parkinson’s disease — before symptoms appear
Joy Milne has always had a keen sense of smell, so she was unfazed when her husband, Les, began emitting a subtle musky odor.
He was an anesthesiologist who worked long hours, and Milne assumed the smell was just sweat. But with the change in scent came a growing tiredness that was explained by a devastating diagnosis six years later: Les had Parkinson’s disease.
“I could always smell things other people couldn’t smell,” Milne said during a BBC broadcast Thursday. After attending a meeting for the charity Parkinson’s UK, where (Click on the title to read the full article).
Anthony Mackie Talks Marvel, Dictators, and How Republicans Suppress the Vote
Anthony Mackie is all smiles when we meet one recent afternoon, sunshine streaming through the open windows of his Beverly Hills hotel. The 37-year-old Marvel star has been bursting with energy all day on the promo trail for the political satire Our Brand Is Crisis, keeping spirits lively even as producer George Clooney and star Sandra Bullock occasionally let the strain of the drubbing they’ve been getting from critics crack their megastar facades.
A few days later Mackie would be roundly blasted in the media for backing Donald Trump’s bid for the White House—an endorsement he’d later explain, by necessity and on (Click the title to read the full article)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Official)
The One Thing I Didn't Think I'd Get
That look though
Untangling the Overlapping Conflicts in the Syrian War
What started as a popular uprising against the Syrian government four years ago has become a proto-world war with nearly a dozen countries embroiled in two overlapping conflicts. The two conflicts have cast the United States and Russia as enemies in one war and nominal allies in the other. Rebel groups supported by the United States are focused on toppling the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, not rooting out the Islamic State.
The United States is focused on defeating the Islamic State. While it has attacked 2,600 Islamic State targets, it has not (Click to read the full article)
Here's What Really Happened at That Company That Set a $70,000 Minimum Wage
Before Dan Price caused a media firestorm by establishing a $70,000 minimum wage at his Seattle company, Gravity Payments… before Hollywood agents, reality-show producers, and book publishers began throwing elbows for a piece of the hip, 31-year-old entrepreneur with the shoulder-length hair and Brad Pitt looks… before Rush Limbaugh called him a socialist and Harvard Business School professors asked to study his radical experiment in paying workers… an entry-level (Click the title to read the full article)
10 pieces of financial advice for my newborn son
My wife and I welcomed a son into the world on Sunday. It’s the coolest experience anyone could ask for.
His only interest right now is keeping us awake 24/7. But one day — a long time from now — he’ll need to learn something about finance. When he does, (click the title to read the full article)
Iceland does what the US won’t: 26 top bankers sent to prison for role in financial crisis
Reykjavík, Iceland – In stark contrast to the record low number of prosecutions of CEO’s and high-level financial executives in the U.S., Iceland has just sentenced 26 bankers to a combined 74 years in prison.
The majority of those convicted have been sentenced to prison terms of (click on the title to read the full article)
How Friendships Change in Adulthood
In the hierarchy of relationships, friendships are at the bottom. Romantic partners, parents, children—all these come first.
This is true in life, and in science, where relationship research tends to focus on couples and families. When Emily Langan, an associate professor of communication at Wheaton College goes to conferences for the International Association of Relationship Researchers, she says (Click on the title to read the full article)
Pranking bike thieves! (so satisfying)
Jurassic World - Sweded Trailer
Artist Adds Creative Twist To His Travel Photos with Paper Cut Outs
When you’re travelling and visiting famous landmarks you often end up taking the same photos as everyone else. To add a little flair and creativity to his pictures, photographer Rick McCor decided to add paper cut outs to the foreground, reimagining famous locations and (click title to read the full article)
All your public Facebook posts are searchable now
All of your public posts are about to get a whole new audience. Facebook is revamping its oft-maligned search tool by indexing more than two-trillion posts and making them searchable.
Facebook’s mass indexing will turn its search bar into a way to browse the entirety of the social network’s publicly shared content. The move will allow users to look for posts that contain certain terms or are about specific topics. Results will include a collection of top public posts alongside (Click on title to read the full article)
Meet George 2 Legs, The Cat That Loves To Stand Up Straight
If we were born short and stumpy, most of us would give up on life like some sort of David Spade. But not this cat. George the cat — commonly known as George 2 Legs — not only confronts (Click on title to read the full article)
The Murder Tree
Due to the fact that they can’t move and as such can’t sneak up on you, many people never really think of trees as being dangerous. As it turns out though, beyond the occasional tree that kills a person by falling on them, there’s also a tree out there so deadly it has been dubbed “The Suicide Tree”. But as you’ll soon see, “The Murder Tree”, is just as apt a name.
Cerbera odollam is a small (click on title to read the full article)
Hottest, heaviest touching double star
We know that many stars in our galaxy are in double or multiple systems, but here are two stars so close they touch. An international team of astronomers said this week (October 21, 2015) that this system – known to them as VFTS 352 – is the hottest and most massive (click the title to read the full article)
A statue of Darth Vader, formerly a statue of Soviet founder Lenin
The statue in Odessa — formerly of Lenin — was altered to the Sith Lord instead of simply destroying it. (Click to see the full article)
Is there a potential cancer risk of eating red and processed meat? Industry prepares for WHO verdict
Bacon, ham, hamburger and sausage – are these potentially cancer-causing?
An international panel of health experts has been working to answer that question, and will deliver its findings on Monday.
Earlier this month, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) met to discuss red meat and processed meat.
The meat industry is preparing for the answer – some say if IARC says red (Click the title to read the full article)
Hillary Clinton triumphed at the Benghazi hearing by not losing her cool
Hillary Clinton had one mission during her day-long testimony in front of a House select committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya: Don’t get angry.
Clinton’s last appearance before the committee — in January 2013 — was defined by a single moment in which Clinton lost her temper with Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) when he probed about the (click the title to read the full article)