Link25 (182) – The Type A Personality Edition

Posted by , Updated on February 19, 2016

We know you’ve been waiting all week. The anticipation has been building. Well, finally the moment is here. It’s 25 of the week’s best links, articles, images, and videos from all over the web conveniently stacked in one post so you can waste your time more efficiently! This week features everything from a new parasitic plant species to the invention of the ‘Type A’ personality. So get ready because this is Link25 (182) – The Type A Personality Edition.


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Scientist on Yakushima, Japan Finds New Parasitic Plant Species

parasidicPistillate flowers of the Sciaphila yakushimensis (left) and Sciaphila japonica (right). The pistillate flower of the Sciaphila yakushimensis has a club-shaped style with multiple papillae. (Kobe University)

A Japanese scientist has discovered a new parasitic plant species.

Suetsugu Kenji, an associate professor at the Kobe University Graduate School of Science, found the new species on the subtropical island of Yakushima.

Kenji collected a specimen while carrying out a survey of lowland laurel forests on the island and a later examination revealed that (click on the title to read the full article)


Cat S60 rugged smartphone features with integrated thermal camera


Flir, Fluke and Seek might be three companies you think of when you think of thermal cameras. A couple of them have created dongles that plug into smartphones and turn them into thermal imaging devices, which can be useful if you’re looking for leaks in your walls, people at night, need to gauge the surface temperature of specific objects and more. Now one company, Cat, otherwise known as Caterpillar, is building (Click on the title to read the full article)


JOHN MCAFEE: I'll decrypt the San Bernardino phone free of charge so Apple doesn't need to place a back door on its product

McAfeentivirus software founder John McAfee in Miami Beach, Florida

Using an obscure law, written in 1789 — the All Writs Act — the US government has ordered Apple to place a back door into its iOS software so the FBI can decrypt information on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

It has finally come to this. After years of arguments by virtually every industry specialist that back doors will be a bigger boon to hackers and to our nation’s enemies than publishing our nuclear codes and giving the keys to all of our military weapons to (Click on the title to read the full article)




U.S. Says Marketing Is Reason Apple Won’t Help Unlock Phone

Apple4Apple CEO Tim Cook earlier this week said Apple would oppose a federal judge’s order to help the Justice Department unlock a phone used by a shooter in the San Bernardino, Calif., attack. PHOTO: CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS

The Justice Department said Friday Apple Inc.’s refusal to help open a phone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist attack was based on the company’s marketing concerns and on mischaracterizations of the facts, not on solid legal grounds.

The assertions, contained in a court motion, further escalate what has become a high-profile, increasingly bitter clash between the U.S. government and (click on the title to read the full article).


Mean Tweets - Music Edition #3

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Magic Johnson condemns Manny Pacquiao as former sponsors distance themselves


Manny Pacquiao is standing by his anti-gay comments, or at least the general outlines thereof, but others are coming forward to condemn the Filipino boxer’s views. On Wednesday, Nike dropped Pacquiao from it roster of athlete endorsers, a decision applauded by Magic Johnson.

The former Los Angeles Lakers great took to Twitter, saying in a post, “I applaud Nike for terminating Manny Pacquiao’s contract after his derogatory statements that gay people are worse than animals.”

Johnson added that “fans of all walks of life including gay fans supported” last year’s Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight, which (Click the title to read the full article).


You can change her direction with your mind!


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The Invention of the ‘Type A’ Personality


You create to-do lists that end with “write a new to-do list.” You make a resolution every New Year, and you always succeed. You only enter competitions that you intend to win. You relish the stress of an impending deadline.

You are—in other words—Type A: an ambitious, goal-oriented, and competitive person. You know it, and you may even feel proud of that distinction.

But if you knew the origins of the term, you might feel differently about being Type A (Click on the title to read the full article)


Lots of People Are Losing Distance Vision, and No One Knows Why


MODERN LIFE TAKES a toll on bodies. It’s easy to tick off the uniquely 21st-century diseases that plague humans today: obesity, heart disease, diabetes. But those are the visible afflictions, the ones that show up on expanding bellies and skyrocketing death rates. Out of sight, another epidemic is (Click the title to read the full article).


You don't have to understand what they are saying to laugh...and laugh you will.

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13 important questions to ask yourself before you unfriend someone on Facebook


It’s undeniable that Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with people you love and care about. It’s a platform that easily keeps you updated on people’s lives without the real need for a catch-up chat or in-person meet-up.

However, as soon as you make the decision to add a random party acquaintance or childhood friend, and once you follow all the famous people you idolize and all the brands and pages you enjoy keeping tabs on, your Facebook newsfeed can easily (Click on the title to read the full article).

Accident lie

Bass Reeves: The Bullet-Dodging Black Lone Ranger History Almost Forgot


Contrary to what classic westerns might have us believe, one in four American cowboys was actually African-American. We don’t necessarily get that reality when the only image we have in our minds is John Wayne or The Lone Ranger. But, in fact, the true inspiration behind The Lone Ranger (and possibly Django from Django Unchained) was (Click on the title to read the full article)


Luciano Rosso / Playback 30 / MAMBO

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