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Linkszomania for December 15, 2010
Every Wednesday, I’m going to take you on a whirlwind adventure of 13 links chronicling the news throughout the geek world I inhabit. Whether it’s movies, music, art, politics, gadgets, science, sports, grammar, or superheroes… nothing’s out of bounds and everything’s interesting.
Ever year, more and more new species are discovered on Earth and every year, National Geographic is there to rank the ten weirdest new animals of the year. I think the sneezing snub-nosed monkey should be #1… though it's more of a nightmare than “weird”.
Finally, a battle between humans and computers that will be fought with knowledge rather than bullets and lasers. Somehow, I always knew Alex Trebek would be involved in the opening salvo of the war with the machines.
Millions of quasi-vegetarians must have been wracked with guilt upon hearing the news that apparently fish CAN feel pain. I didn't need the news, though; I have known this to be true since Finding Nemo.
Two more huge check marks in the column of “Why Aren't We Doing Everything in Our Power to Research Stem Cells?”: now it seems not even spinal injuries or AIDS stand a chance against this form of treatment.
Yeah, so that prolonged mystery about all the dying honey bees? Turns out WE are responsible. Mystery unfortunately solved by WikiLeaks. Thanks a lot, confidential documents!
Though they will remain in service for the foreseeable future, the Air Force has purchased its last Predator drone. Just so you can keep up with the news of the future: the next model of drone that will likely take over the skies is called the Reaper (a few dozen of which have been in service for three years) and it is faster and more capable than its predecessor. So good luck, terrorists!
Jack Busch, like so many people our age, hates talking on the phone. But he's come to realize his phone phobia is holding him back at work and in his social life. He's made a commitment to conquering ... [more]