Link25 (195) – The Crazy Leafcutter Ant Bite Edition

It’s Friday and we’re here yet again to help you get started on your busy weekend of doing absolutely nothing by bringing you 25 of the week’s best links, articles, images, and videos from all over the web. So sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy everything from the startling Marvel revelation concerning Captain America to crazy footage of what happens when a leaf cutter ant gets a hold of your finger…(it ain’t pretty). Get ready because this is Link25 (195) – The Crazy Leafcutter Ant Bite Edition.


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The secret life of Kim Jong Un’s aunt, who has lived in the U.S. since 1998


NEW YORK — Wandering through Times Square, past the Naked Cowboy and the Elmos and the ticket touts, she could be any immigrant trying to live the American Dream.

A 60-year-old Korean woman with a soft perm and conservative clothes, she’s taking a weekend off from pressing shirts and hemming pants at the dry-cleaning business she runs with her husband.

But she’s not just any immigrant. She’s an aunt to Kim Jong Un, the young North Korean leader who has threatened to wipe out New York with a hydrogen bomb.

And for the past 18 years, since defecting from North Korea into the waiting arms of the CIA, she has been (Click on the title to read the full article).


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It doesn't get more racist than this video

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Dying Infants and No Medicine: Inside Venezuela’s Failing Hospitals


BARCELONA, Venezuela — By morning, three newborns were already dead.

The day had begun with the usual hazards: chronic shortages of antibiotics, intravenous solutions, even food. Then a blackout swept over the city, shutting down the respirators in the maternity ward.

Doctors kept ailing infants alive by pumping air into their lungs by hand for hours. By nightfall, four more newborns had died.

“The death of a baby is our daily bread,” said Dr. Osleidy Camejo, a surgeon in the nation’s capital, Caracas, referring to the toll from Venezuela’s collapsing hospitals.

The economic crisis in this country has exploded into a public health emergency, claiming the lives of (Click on the title to read the full article).


What the Captain America HYDRA Twist Means for Marvel Movies

Captain America

When it comes to comic book storytelling, many rules are bent and broken, but there are certain core characteristics of each superhero that are considered inviolate.
One of those rules is that Captain America always fights for American ideals. It’s been that way since Jack Kirby and Joe Simon introduced him to the world with a picture of the hero slamming his fist into Adolf Hitler’s face in 1941. But it seems writer Nick Spencer has broken that rule with the first issue of “Captain America: Steve Rogers” No. 1 by revealing Cap’s longtime affiliation with (Click on the title to read the full article).


CRAZY ANT BITE! - (Don't mess with leaf cutter ants)

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Scientists May Have Figured Out How to Harness Superconductors


When electricity is conducted through some sort of medium, its strength is usually diminished in some capacity by the conductor. This is known as electrical resistance — and for the 100-plus years we’ve been playing around with electricity, we’ve had to deal with resistance. Conducting electricity with zero resistance — superconductivity — is basically impossible right now. So the fact that scientists in the United Kingdom recently unraveled a key mystery behind this phenomenon is a crucial step toward revolutionizing how we harness electricity to power all of the things that are important to our modern way of life.

Let’s slow down here for a moment. Without electrical resistance, we could design power grids that run incredibly efficiently — beyond our wildest dreams. We also create super-fast levitating trains, electrical generators that are lower in weight and volume, new forms of power storage, and much more.

The problem: superconductivity is only possible at (Click on the title to read the full article).


Even Gawker haters should fear the strategy Peter Thiel is using to destroy Gawker

Gawker2Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker media was bankrolled by technology billionaire Peter Thiel.

This week we learned that billionaire Peter Thiel, who made his fortune as a co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, has been bankrolling a lawsuit that could drive Gawker Media out of business. The story was first reported by Forbes and confirmed by Thiel himself in a Wednesday interview with the New York Times.

“It’s not like it is some sort of speaking truth to power or something going on here,” Thiel argued. “The way I’ve thought about this is that Gawker has been a singularly terrible bully. I refuse to believe that journalism means massive privacy violations.”

Thiel, in other words, sees his lawsuit as a public-spirited attempt to (Click on the title to read the full article).


‘EcoSexual’ students at SMC ‘marry the ocean’


Earlier this month, a professor at Santa Monica College led students in an ‘EcoSexual Sextravaganza’ in which participants ‘married the ocean.’

Amber Katherine, a philosophy professor who helped organize the May 14 event, explained to Campus Reform that the purpose of the “wedding” was to bring about a deeper love for the planet through “ecocentric passion and even lust.” (Click on the title to read the full article).


Popular YouTube couple sued for copyright infringement


Hila and Ethan Klein, the couple behind the popular YouTube channel h3h3productions, which frequently posts comedic reaction videos about other YouTube stars, announced today that they are being sued for copyright infringement. It could amount to yet another high-profile lawsuit spotlighting the intensely fraught issue of fair use on YouTube.

In a video posted yesterday, the Kleins explain that they are being sued by the YouTuber Matt Hosseinzadeh—who makes short comedy films on his MattHossZone channel—for a reaction video that the Kleins posted on their second channel, Ethan and Hila, making fun him.

“It’s been hanging over our lives like a cloud these past months,” said Ethan of the (Click on the title to read the full article).


Axe A Man In A Flash: Long Term DC Live-Action Producer Will Have A Drastically Reduced Role Following 'BvS' Criticism


Another day brings another change for the Warner Bros. executive department. Following a number of background refinements announced last week, the latest rejigging is a significant, as it involves Charles Raven, a long term producer of DC Comic adaptations.

The studio has been shuffling their key players quicker than a croupier on Las Vegas Strip since the disappointing reception of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where Raven had an influential input, acting as an advisor to director Zack Snyder. (Click on the title to read the full article).


This Man's Brand New iPhone Had a Creepy Picture of a Woman Already on It


A man purchased a brand new iPhone and got a surprise when he tried to take his first picture on it. The thumbnail in the lower lefthand corner of the screen, which typically displays the most recent photo you’ve taken, was not blank — instead it displayed what appears to be either a sleeping or dead woman with bruising around her eyes.

When he tried to open the image, his possessed phone would not oblige, so all he could see was the thumbnail. (Click on the title to read the full article)


The world can come at you so fast


Apple Leak Confirms 'All Glass' New iPhone


Last month the world’s most accurate Apple AAPL -0.40% tipster revealed the company is working on a radical ‘all glass’ new iPhone. The news was met with cynicism and excitement in equal measure, and now a major Apple supplier has confirmed it…

Speaking at its annual shareholder meeting Allen Horng, chairman and chief executive of long time iPhone chassis maker Catcher Technology , said Apple will make its 2017 iPhone using a glass casing.

Breaking down the radical shift, Horng said using a glass chassis would prove expensive and that Catcher requires “advanced processing (click on the title to read the full article).


NASA Scientist Suggests Possible Link Between Primordial Black Holes and Dark Matter


Dark matter is a mysterious substance composing most of the material universe, now widely thought to be some form of massive exotic particle. An intriguing alternative view is that dark matter is made of black holes formed during the first second of our universe’s existence, known as primordial black holes. Now a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, suggests that this interpretation aligns with our knowledge of cosmic infrared and X-ray background glows and may explain the unexpectedly high masses of merging black holes detected last year.

“This study is an effort to bring together a broad set of ideas and observations to test how well they fit, and the fit is surprisingly good,” said Alexander Kashlinsky, an astrophysicist at NASA Goddard. “If this is correct, then all galaxies, including our own, are (Click on the title to read the full article).

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