It’s Friday and you know what that means. You can now leave all the important things you were pretending to do for Monday. And as usual we are to assist you in your procrastination with 25 of the week’s best links, articles, images, and videos from all over the web. So whether you want to learn about the Ice Age predators found alongside the oldest human in America or read up on the unbelievable hurricane called Harvey, Link25 (259) – Hurricane Harvey Edition is sure to have something for you.
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99% of The Microbes in Our Own Bodies Are Still a Total Mystery to Science
We’re seeing incredible scientific discoveries being made every day, but new research indicates there’s a pretty huge gap in our knowledge when it comes to our own bodies – it turns out more than 99 percent of the microbes inside us are currently unknown to science.
Researchers have long known that (Click on the image to read the full article).
Hurricane Harvey Is Something We’ve Never Seen Before
There’s a good reason why Mashable’s Andrew Freedman dubbed Hurricane Harvey—now barreling toward Texas and Louisiana—“the meteorological equivalent of a White Walker from Game of Thrones.” The storm was alive, but then appeared to die as it hovered over (Click on the image to read the full article).
Ice Age Predators Found Alongside Oldest Human in Americas
CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADASome 13,000 years ago in what’s now the Yucatán Peninsula, a deep pit inside a cave became the final resting place for a menagerie of exotic animals.
Now, their exquisitely preserved bones, trapped for centuries under water, are offering some of the first solid clues to (Click on the image to read the full article).
It rains solid diamonds on Uranus and Neptune
Consider this your daily reminder that the solar system is even more awesomely bonkers than you realized: On Uranus and Neptune, scientists forecast rain storms of solid diamonds.
The gems form in the hydrocarbon-rich oceans of slush that swath the gas giants’ solid cores. Scientists have long speculated that (click on the image to read the full article).
Patty Jenkins Fires Back at James Cameron Over ‘Wonder Woman’ Criticism
“Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins on Thursday night hit back at James Cameron, who in a recent interview called the superhero film a “step backwards.”
In a tweet, she said “James Cameron’s inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though, he is a great filmmaker, he is not a woman.” (Click on the image to read the full article).
What's really the point of wasps?
A new citizen science survey aims to shed light on that fixture of summertime in the outdoors: the wasp. Though much maligned, these fascinating creatures perform a vital ecological role, say scientists. (click on the image to read the full article).
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Canada Introduces ‘X’ as a Third Sex Category for Passport Holders
Starting on Aug. 31, Canadians will have a new way to identify their sex on passports and other government documents: “X” will join the options of male and female.
The decision to allow the third category, indicating an “unspecified” sex, is intended to protect the rights of Canadian citizens to identify by (click on the image to read the full article).
Almost every country in the world can power themselves with renewable energy
The country’s energy mix is under scrutiny. A report commissioned by Energy Secretary Rick Perry acknowledges that low natural gas prices—not renewables—are behind the recent closure of coal energy plants, and that the grid has (click on the image to read the full article).
The Worst (and Best) Places to Be Gay in America
All my life I’ve loved Texas: those big skies, big steaks and big attitudes. I’m there several times a year.
But Texas doesn’t love me back. Certainly its lawmakers don’t, and lately they’ve been hellbent on showing that.
In June the governor signed a bill allowing child welfare groups to (Click on the image to read the full article).
Elevated zinc and germanium levels bolster evidence for habitable environments on Mars
New data gathered by the Mars Curiosity rover indicates a potential history of hydrothermal activity at Gale Crater on the red planet, broadening the variety of habitable conditions once present there, scientists report in a new study.
Researchers found concentrations of the elements zinc and germanium to be 10 to 100 times greater in sedimentary rocks in (click on the image to read the full article).
Mother, 37, 'whose husband asked for a divorce five days after she was left paralysed by a stroke' finds new love with personal trainer
A paralysed mother-of-four who claims she was dumped by her husband while still on her hospital bed five days after suffering a stroke has found love with the personal trainer who helped her walk again.
Riona Kelly, 37, was left paralysed from her waist down following a spinal stroke and was told she would never (click on the image to read the full article).
The Very Canadian Origin of "Hawaiian" Pizza
On June 8, 2017, Greek-born, Canadian-bred pizza maker Sam Panopoulos died. His career slinging pies was rather unremarkable save for one notable thing – he was the inventor of the popular, yet infamous pineapple-topped “Hawaiian Pizza,” named as such because (Click on the image to read the full article).
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Hurricane Harvey strengthens to Category 3 as it nears Texas
(CNN)Hurricane Harvey began swiping the Texas coast as 35 inches of rain and “catastrophic” storm-surge flooding are expected after landfall late Friday or early Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said.
The combination of heavy rain, “life-threatening” storm surges, flooding and (click on the image to read the full article).