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Pile of whale puke will auction for upwards of $10,000. LA's Gas Leak Is a Global Disaster  They're really getting fancy with these router designs. The Year of the Imaginary College Student. Earlier this year, James O’Keefe, the conservative activist famous for his hidden-camera exposés, visited Vassar College dressed in costume as the Constitution.

The Year of the Imaginary College Student

Healthy relationship habits most people think are toxic. About six months ago, I wrote a post titled 6 Toxic Habits that Most People Think Are Normal.

Healthy relationship habits most people think are toxic

It became very successful. These 9 2015 fan theories will make your head spin. All it takes is some head-scratching to create something magical.

These 9 2015 fan theories will make your head spin

Fans have been dissecting and analyzing movies, TV shows, and novels since long before the Internet, but the World Wide Web has only made the whole process more accessible and expandable. Forums and websites are devoted to deep-diving into the things we loved, so more people are discovering old theories—and coming up with their own. And in 2015, that fervor exploded onto to the mainstream. The Marvel Cinematic Universe continued to link more than a dozen blockbusters and TV shows together with each new adaptation. Vladimir Putin dissolved Roscosmos, Russia's federal space agency. So, what does that actually mean?

Vladimir Putin dissolved Roscosmos, Russia's federal space agency

Well, we're not really sure yet. With some luck, the new Roscosmos will operate with a stricter level of government oversight to help reign in costs and complete the construction of a 342 square mile Cosmodrome near Russia's far-eastern border with China. Major Rivers In Missouri Cresting Amid Historic Flooding. Homes in Pacific, Mo., are surrounded by floodwaters on Wednesday.

Major Rivers In Missouri Cresting Amid Historic Flooding

A rare winter flood threatened nearly two dozen federal levees in Missouri and Illinois on Wednesday as rivers rose, prompting evacuations in several places. The 6 Biggest Technology Failures of 2015. Welcome to MIT Technology Review’s second annual list of top tech flops.

The 6 Biggest Technology Failures of 2015

Quora. Scientists have used groundbreaking technology to figure out how the Earth looked a billion years ago. By the time Dietmar Mueller arrived at the University of Texas as a graduate student in the mid-1980s, scientists had already long embraced a once-astonishing idea: that the continents on which all human history has unfolded, rather than fixtures of constancy, were orphans of a former grand supercontinent called Pangaea.

Scientists have used groundbreaking technology to figure out how the Earth looked a billion years ago

Showered with awards, the pioneers of this theory—plate tectonics—had by and large dispersed in search of the next big challenge. Higher pay, hoverboards and vaccinations: Hundreds of new laws in California. Californians face new restrictions on carrying guns, protections from warrantless searches of their emails, immunity from city fines for installing artificial turf and higher pay if they earn minimum wage under laws that take effect with the new year.

Higher pay, hoverboards and vaccinations: Hundreds of new laws in California

Many of the 807 bills signed into law touch on broad aspects of California residents’ everyday lives or address major issues like voter participation, and life and death. A life unraveling - The Boston Globe. Over the past year, the Globe spent time with an East Boston heroin addict as she struggled through recovery and the prospect of losing her children to the state.

A life unraveling - The Boston Globe

Nearly every key moment was witnessed by a Globe reporter or photographer. Here are the 50 best HackerNews posts of all time — Startups, Wanderlust, and Life Hacking. Exclusive: Microsoft to warn email users of suspected hacking by governments. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. Floods swamp Missouri, Illinois; nine million people in risk areas. Exclusive: Microsoft to warn email users of suspected hacking by governments. By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it will begin warning users of its consumer services including email when the company suspects that a government has been trying to hack into their accounts.

Exclusive: Microsoft to warn email users of suspected hacking by governments

The policy change comes nine days after Reuters asked the company why it had decided not tell victims of a hacking campaign, discovered in 2011, that had targeted international leaders of China's Tibetan and Uighur minorities in particular. According to two former employees of Microsoft, the company's own experts had concluded several years ago that Chinese authorities had been behind the campaign but the company did not pass on that information to users of its Hotmail service, which is now called In its statement, Microsoft said neither it nor the U.S. government could pinpoint the sources of the hacking attacks and that they didn't come from a single country.

Who Has Your Back? Government Data Requests 2015. Contents Download Report Download the complete Who Has Your Back? 2015: Protecting Your Data From Government Requests report as a PDF. Executive Summary We live digital lives—from the videos shared on social networks, to location-aware apps on mobile phones, to log-in data for connecting to our email, to our stored documents, to our search history. While our daily lives have upgraded to the 21st century, the law hasn’t kept pace. In this climate, we increasingly look to technology companies themselves to have the strongest possible policies when it comes to protecting user rights.

For four years, the Electronic Frontier Foundation documented the practices of major Internet companies and service providers, judging their publicly available policies, and highlighting best practices. Here’s the Secret to Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolution. I always make the same mistake. Every New Year’s, I get a lot of big ideas about the things I’ll do, and write them all down in a neat list of bullet-points. My lists are long and exhaustive, veering from the specific (“call Grandma more often”) to the ambitious (“finish manuscript, sell book, make millions”) to the existential (“live in a constant state of wonder and gratitude”). Uk.businessinsider. Business Insider/Erin BrodwinMe, doing the seven-minute workout in BI's office. Thinking about splurging on a new gym membership for the new year? Hold that thought. Quora. Why Growth Mindsets Are Necessary to Save Math Class. iPhone 4S owners file suit against Apple, claim iOS 9 made phones unbearably slow.

Apple is on the receiving end of a class-action lawsuit from disgruntled iPhone 4s owners. The suit, filed by Chaim Lerman and more than 100 others, alleges Apple's iOS 9 update severely degraded the smartphone's performance both in terms of third-party apps and core functionality. Lerman blames Apple for not warning users that the update would slow their phones to the point that it "disrupts everyday life. " The complaint points to a section on Apple's website in which iOS 9 promises faster performance, improved security, convenient updates and longer battery life. Daughter got this thing for Christmas and it's mesmerising. I heard you like this stuff. Most Popular Top 10s of 2015. Uk.businessinsider. I read 164 books in 2015 and tracked them all in a spreadsheet. Here's what I learned. When the Boss Says, 'Don't Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Get Paid'

2015: The Year in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Jennifer Lawrence Is At A Turning Point. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. What to Put on Your Resume When You Have No Relevant Work Experience. Quintonio LeGrier, Bettie Jones, and the Paranoid Style of American Policing. Quora. Crowd control during lineup for the Comic Market in Tokyo Japan. Feeling grumpy 'is good for you' Tech companies face criminal charges if they notify users of UK government spying. Amid Bitcoin Centralization Worries, Core Developers Start New Currency Called Decred. Some of Bitcoin's developers have left the project and are now starting their separate digital currency called Decred, promoting an open governance model, which they say is missing in Bitcoin. Few people have an idea of how Bitcoin works, and even fewer know who the men and companies behind the cryptocurrency are, and who takes the decisions. Teasaponin improves leptin sensitivity in the prefrontal cortex of obese mice.

Chen Man: Is this China's Annie Leibovitz? Imgur. Learning to Pick Locks Taught Me How Crappy Door Locks Really Are. ELI5: Why are there so many mattress stores? How do they stay in business? Is there really that high of a demand for mattresses? : explainlikeimfive. San Francisco's Housing Activists Are Making the City More Expensive. Complaint factory: Angry Internet subscribers tee off against Comcast, Verizon, AT&T.

Why can’t we read anymore? So you want to manage a product? — The Product Management Coalition. The App-ocalypse: Can Web standards make mobile apps obsolete? Powdered Sugar Birthday Cake Bursts into Flames. George Clooney and Tom Hanks Related to Abraham Lincoln. Uk.businessinsider. If you remember this playground, your childhood was awesome. OpenMinded is the online dating site to find a partner—or three. ELI5: Why is "Z" called "Zee" in America and "Zed" in the rest of the English speaking countries? : explainlikeimfive. Brain scans show compulsive gamers have hyperconnected neural networks. US-CERT director Ann Barron-DiCamillo on the challenges of stopping cyberattacks.

China officially ends three-decade-old one child policy. Uk.businessinsider. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. Why ‘I Have Nothing to Hide’ Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance. Workplace drug testing is widespread but ineffective. The problem with self-driving cars: who controls the code? SpaceX’s reusable rockets will make space cheaper — but how much? Old People Line Up To Clean Radiation in Japan. Uk.businessinsider. ELI5: What are those black/white things that people snap before recording a scene to a movie/commercial/tv and what are they used for? : explainlikeimfive. How Amazon’s Bookstore Soothes Our Anxieties About Technology. Uk.businessinsider. Star Wars fans and video game geeks 'more likely to be narcissists', study finds. Chile eyes construction of permanent Antarctica pier.

Twitter says it is beating the trolls. North Korea's 'paranoid' computer operating system revealed. The Best Biomedicine Stories of 2015. Will America’s 100-Year-Old Female Spy Finally Be Recognized for The Hero She Is? The 44 games we can't wait to play in 2016. German code-breakers expose huge credit card flaw, companies continue keeping silent. ELI5: why are aliens generally portrayed/imagined as green or gray? : explainlikeimfive. Syrian Rebel Group Names a Successor to the Leader Who Was Killed in an Airstrike. Russia warming '2.5 times quicker' than global average: ministry. Romantic love 'lasts just a year' Epigenetics. Magnus gerchfield. Debunking the biggest myths about artificial intelligence. Toxic relationship habits most people think are normal.

How Do Successful People's Sleep Patterns Compare To The Average American? It's Costing A Lot Of Money To Make Those Toenails Fungus-Free. Toxic relationship habits most people think are normal. Do people have a moral duty to have children if they... DHS just changed rules - and they can force you to go through body scanners now. I’ve always opted out in past. Weirdest sharks on Earth, ranked by unusualness. Big, Bold, Wild: We Re-Create Christmas Dinners Of Centuries Past. Quora. ELI5: What happens if you break the sound barrier underwater? : explainlikeimfive.

Wiretapping reveals communication between Turkish officers and ISIL.