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 hilarious (and somewhat tragic) Miss Universe goof up to a brand new shark, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas with this week’s Link25 (171) – The Merry Christmas Special Edition.
Meet the New “Ninja Lanternshark”
Scientists have discovered a new species of shark, one with jet-black skin, bulbous eyes, and special cells that allow it to glow in the dark. They call it the Ninja Lanternshark.
Officially named after Peter Benchley, shark-lover and the author of Jaws, the shark’s scientific name is Etmopterus benchleyi. But to come up with the shark’s common name, researcher Vicky Vásquez says she drew on a conversation she had with her 8-year-old cousins.
Vásquez explained to the kids that this shark uses photophores in its skin to (Click the title to read the full article).
"Extinct" Sea Snakes Rediscovered
Surveying off the coast of Western Australia, researchers have discovered two species of rare and endangered sea snakes, thought to have become extinct 15 years ago. The venomous reptiles, which are adapted to spending their entire lives at sea in and around coral reefs, were only previously known (Click on the title to read the full article)
Sued Over Old Debt, and Blocked From Suing Back
Clifford Cain Jr., a retired electrician in Baltimore, was used to living on a tight budget, carefully apportioning his Social Security and pension benefits to cover his rent and medication for multiple sclerosis.
So Mr. Cain was puzzled when he suddenly could not make ends meet. Months later, he discovered why: A debt collector had garnished his bank account after suing him for about $4,500 the company said he owed on an old debt.
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‘Dreamcast 2′ Reportedly Under Development, Could Be a PC-Console Hybrid
There’s been excitement over a possible sequel to the SEGA Dreamcast, dubbed the “Dreamcast 2,” 17 years after the console made its debut. The project seeks to bring a PC-style Dreamcast 2 console to the market.
Patrick Lawsen, a member of the SEGA Dreamcast 2 group that aims to revive the brand, said there’s been some progress in the project. He said there’s a group has the help from some “SEGA of Japan interns and independent OEM designers,” CinemaBlend reported.
The plan is to bring a PC rig to the market that can run (Click to read the full article).
Baghdad holds Miss Iraq pageant for the first time in 43 years
When Shaima Qasim was crowned Miss Iraq this weekend, she not only triumphed over the other women in the competition but over threats against her life.
The pageant was the first to be held in Baghdad in 43 years.
“Iraq needed this,” pageant director Ahmed Leith said. “The situation is weak here, and we wanted to celebrate (Click on the title to read the full article)
New kind of moon rock found by Chinese Yutu rover
There’s still a lot to learn about our closest neighbour. China’s Yutu moon rover has discovered a new kind of rock on the lunar surface. The find suggests the moon’s make-up is more diverse than previously thought, and will help interpret future satellite-based observations.
China’s Chang’e 3 lander mission touched down on the moon in December 2013 and released the Yutu rover to explore the edge of a nearby crater, which was nicknamed “Purple Palace” at the time (Click on the title to read the full article)
Obi-Wan and Yoda are secretly in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
There were more old friends in Star Wars: The Force Awakens than we may have realized.
Those who saw the film this weekend (and those who haven’t may want to stop here) know that midway through the movie Daisy Ridley’s lonely scavenger Rey has a (Click the title to read the full article)
Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Shreds Records With $238 Million Debut
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” micronized box office records this weekend, racking up a monumental $238 million opening and justifying the Walt Disney Company’s $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm.
That 2012 acquisition was intended to launch a cinematic universe set in a galaxy far, far away: a series of interconnected sequels, spinoffs and prequels that would serve as a filmic parallel to Disney’s Marvel Comics-inspired adventures.
“This is a record that will stand for a long time,” said Jeff Bock (Click the title to read the full article)
Microsoft reportedly bringing multi-disc game to backward compatibility 'early next year'
The beginning of December saw 16 new games added to the list of backward compatible Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. Unfortunately, none of those games were top-requested games like Black Ops 2, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, or Red Dead Redemption.
Multi-disc games games like Red Dead Redemption, have yet to see a release through the backward compatibility feature due to (Click on the title to read the full article)
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Hackers are scaring companies into respecting your privacy
When it comes to the security of our personal information, 2015 may be the worst year on record.
As of Dec. 15, according to a running tally kept by the Identity Theft Resource Center, the past year saw 750 data breaches at American corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits.
While not all of these breaches represented a definite case of nefarious activity, that number is an all-time high. Over 177 million (click to read the full article).
8 Things Top Bike Cities Have Done to Promote Safer Cycling
Salt Lake City, Utah, has the first protected bike intersection.
Intersections are where most car-bicycle collisions take place, so this year Salt Lake City built one of the nation’s first “protected bike intersections” to make cycling in the Utah capital a lot safer. Based on (click on the title to read the full article)
U.S. keeps Disneyland-bound British Muslim family out of the country
LONDON — Ever since Donald Trump called for a “total and complete” ban on Muslims entering the United States, many people have decried the idea of excluding people from the country just because of their religion. Would such a policy, some wondered, be constitutional? Would it be American? Would it be decent?
Now, a British Muslim family headed to Disneyland has been prevented from traveling to the United States by the Department of (click on the title to read the full article).
Coquito: The Puerto Rican Eggnog That's "Delicious But Lethal"
The Puerto Rican holiday season is famously known for being one of the longest in the world. It begins with Thanksgiving and continues until the middle of January with the San Sebastián Festival. It’s essentially a massive street party that’s been a tradition since 1954 in Old San Juan. But what would the most wonderful time of the year be without some libations? And for Puerto Ricans, the holidays are (Click on the title to read the full article).
Brazil warns against pregnancy due to spreading virus
Rio de Janeiro (CNN)Brazilian health officials are dishing out some unusual advice these days: Don’t get pregnant.
That’s the message for would-be parents, especially in the country’s northeast, after officials linked a mosquito-borne virus called Zika to a surge in newborn microcephaly, a neurological disorder that can result in incomplete brain development.
“It’s a very personal decision, but at this moment of uncertainty, if families can (Click the title to read the full article)
SpaceX landing: Success after 3 failed attempts
Traditionally, rockets are disposed of after they detach from the spacecraft. The ability to recycle them marks a big step toward making space travel cheaper.
After three failed attempts at a rocket landing, it marks a major victory for SpaceX and CEO Elon Musk.
It’s also the company’s first flight since June, when its unmanned spacecraft exploded shortly after liftoff and destroyed two…(Click the title to read the full article)