Friday Links!Leading off, from Wallace (who makes more appearances later), and this is the must-read link of the week: It's Going To Be Okay.
This is just so outstanding: The Doomsday Scam: For decades, aspiring bomb makers — including ISIS — have desperately tried to get their hands on a lethal substance called red mercury. There’s a reason that they never have.
From Marc Klein, and the section about sleep and reaction times is going to be shown to Eli 14.3 shortly: Lights Out Football.
From Simon Jones, and I can't even look at this without getting nauseated: Hydraulic Rig Turns GTA V Into a Wild Theme Park Ride.
From Steven Davis, and this is an amazing story: MOVE OVER RIN TIN TIN, MAKE ROOM FOR SERGEANT STUBBY, A REAL ROOTIN TOOTIN HERO. Also, and this is quite interesting, it's The Doomsday Invention: Will artificial intelligence bring us utopia or destruction? It's pretty remarkable that skiers have airbags now: Skier Miraculously Survives 1,600 Foot Fall.
This is a fascinating article: The Samoan Pipeline: How does a tiny island, 5,000 miles from the U.S. mainland, produce so many professional football players?
From Wallace, and this is delightful: A Frenchman writes on English Food, in 1698. Also, and this is getting increasingly grim, it's How much you’d need to earn in wages to work your way through college in each state, mapped. This is a good time-waster for this week in particular, when we all could use something to lighten the mood: Puppy with balloon.
From C. Lee, and I had no idea: Wine Corks: Saving Endangered Birds.
From DQ Reader My Wife, and I heartily concur: Uranus might be full of surprises. Also, and this is equally highbrow, it's Cats VS Cucumbers.