For the past week you’ve done nothing but work, secluded from the world while the rest of us had an amazing time laughing at hilarious videos and enjoying everything else the internet has to offer. Well, now it’s your turn. These are 25 of the week’s best links, articles, images, and videos from all over the web and we’re about to give you a glimpse of everything you’ve missed out on. And seriously…it was a lot. From an the truth about coconut oil to Amazon’s purchase of Whole foods, there’s something here for everyone. But enough with this petty banter. This is Link25 (250) – A Weird Internet Edition.
The Weird Thing About Today's Internet
Hello. It’s my first day back covering technology for The Atlantic. It also marks roughly 10 years that I’ve been covering science and technology, so I’ve been thinking back to my early days at Wired in the pre-crash days of 2007.
The internet was then, as it is now, something we gave a kind of agency to, a half-recognition that its movements and effects were beyond the control of any individual person or company. In 2007, the web people were (click on the image to read the full article).
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How do you draw a circle? We analyzed 100,000 drawings to show how culture shapes our instincts
In November, Google released an online game called Quick, Draw!, in which users have 20 seconds to draw prompts like “camel” and “washing machine.” It’s fun, but the game’s real aim is to use those sketches to teach algorithms how humans draw. By May this year, the game had collected 50 million unique drawings.
We used the public database from Quick, Draw! to compare how people draw basic shapes around the world. Our analysis suggests that the way you draw a simple circle is linked to geography and cultural upbringing, deep-rooted in hundreds of years of written…(click on photo to read full article.)
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The Amazon-Walmart Showdown That Explains the Modern Economy
With Amazon buying high-end grocery chain Whole Foods, something retail analysts have known for years is now apparent to everyone: The online retailer is on a collision course with Walmart to be the predominant seller of pretty much everything you buy.
Each one is trying to become like the other…(click on the image to read the full article)
Michelle Carter Found Guilty of Encouraging Boyfriend’s Suicide With Text Messages
A Massachusetts woman broke down in tears Friday as she was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for goading her teenage boyfriend into killing himself.
Michelle Carter now faces up to 20 years in prison when she’s sentenced on Aug. 3.
While he handed down the verdict in Bristol County Juvenile Court, Judge Lawrence Moniz said Carter, 20, failed to give a “simple additional instruction” for Roy to exit his car as it was filling with poisonous…(click the image to get the complete article.)
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Coconut oil isn't healthy. It's never been healthy.
The American Heart Association recently released a report advising against the use of coconut oil.
The Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory reviewed existing data on saturated fat, showing coconut oil increased LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in seven out of seven controlled trials. Researchers didn’t see a difference between coconut oil and other oils high in saturated fat, like butter, beef fat and palm oil. In fact, 82% of the fat…(click on the image to get the full story.)
What Happens If You Accidentally Damage or Destroy a Priceless Work of Art in a Museum?
If you’ve ever walked through a museum or an art gallery you may have noticed that a lot of the art and historical treasure on display is completely exposed. In fact, with the exception of some of the world’s more famous pieces of art, you could easily fall over and damage much of the artwork on display worldwide, right now. So, what would happen if you did trip and accidentally damage an irreplaceable priceless piece of art? As it turns out, not all that much.
This is mainly because of two things- first, museums…(click the image to read the full story.)
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Public ignorance, brown cows, and the origins of chocolate milk
A new survey indicating that 7 percent of Americans believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows has gotten a lot of media attention, including from NBC, Huffington Post, Food & Wine, and the Washington Post’s Wonkblog. As an example of public ignorance, this is not a particularly worrisome figure. As Caitlin Dewey notes in her Wonkblog article about the survey, “the most surprising thing about this figure may actually be that it isn’t higher.”
Seven percent is actually a pretty low number, and it’s not clear that it really matters whether people know where chocolate milk comes from or not. Some of the seven percent is likely caused by respondents being confused about the survey rather…(click on the image for the full article)
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Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion
Amazon.com Inc. will acquire Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, a bombshell of a deal that catapults the e-commerce giant into hundreds of physical stores and fulfills a long-held goal of selling more groceries.
Amazon agreed to pay $42 a share in cash for the organic-food chain, including debt, a roughly 27 percent premium to the stock price at Thursday’s close. John Mackey, Whole Foods’ outspoken co-founder, will continue to run the business — a victory after…(click on image to get the whole story.)
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Solidarity at an All-Female Screening of ‘Wonder Woman’
One woman said she came to feel a sisterhood. Another said she was there because in her years as a comic book geek, she had only ever watched superhero movies surrounded by guys. Yet another came because she didn’t want to overhear fanboys cracking wise about Gal Gadot’s physique, or, for that matter, that of any other woman onscreen.
Each of these moviegoers was at the first women-only screening of “Wonder Woman,” starring Ms. Gadot, at the Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn on Sunday. They had…(click on the photo for the complete story)
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