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Chocolate is on track to go extinct in 40 years

Cacao plants are slated to disappear by as early as 2050 thanks to warmer temperatures and dryer weather conditions. Scientists at the University of California are teaming up with Mars company to try to save the crop before it's too late. They're exploring the possibility of using the gene-editing technology CRISPR to make crops that can survive the new challenges.

Beyond the glittery glass-and-sandstone walls of the University of California’s new biosciences building, rows of tiny green cacao seedlings in refrigerated greenhouses await judgment day.

Under the watchful eye of


Bitcoin is climbing on the last day of 2017

A bitcoin was worth $14,129 at 6 p.m. (GMT) on New Year's Eve. It was up 10% on the previous 24 hours. A single Bitcoin has increased in value 13-fold since January 1.

Bitcoin started the final day of 2017 with an increase in value, and looked set to end the year on a high note.

The cryptocurrency was up more than 10% as of 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve 2017, according to data from Markets Insider.

Its value was $14,129 per coin, having gained more than $1,300 in value over a 24-hour period.

Bitcoin had a rocky ride over the Christmas period, swinging from below $13,000 to above $16,000 in the final week of the year.

Bitcoin was still down on its all-time high of $19,843 per coin, which it hit around December 17, 2017, before a sharp fall in which it briefly dipped below $11,000.


We drove over 70 cars in 2017 — and these were our favorite engines

We've driven dozens of cars and experienced numerous engines in 2017 — these are our favorites. Powerplants range from turbocharged four-cylinders to hybrids to big V8s. Customers can opt for fuel-efficient, performance, or a combination of each.

We can all agree that a big part of falling in love with a car is how it looks on the outside.

But ultimately, it's what's under the hood that really fires the emotions. An engine is a car's heart, and a great one is what separates a thrilling machine from the pack.

At Business Insider, we drove over 70 cars in 2017 and experienced everything from tiny fuel-sipping hybrids that didn't threaten 200 horsepower to massive V8s that could surmount 700 hp. There was even a 1,500 horsepower, quad-turbo, W16.


14 things every driver needs to know before driving in the snow

It's possible to drive safely in wintry road conditions. But a higher lever of attention is imperative. And sometimes the safest decision is to not drive at all.

Winter has kicked into high gear across the US. The Northeast is currently ringing in the New Year as the thermometer plunges and the snowstorms start to arrive.

When it comes to driving, few things are more difficult to deal with than snow, much less when a "wintry mix" of precipitation arrives. Ice, it goes without saying, is treacherous.

It is possible, of course, to drive and to drive safely in the white stuff. You just need to prepare yourself properly for the experience.

Here are 14 basic rules and guidelines to follow:

1. Know when NOT to even think about driving.

So you've driven in the snow before and you've got a vehicle that can handle bad conditions. Does that mean you can deal with whatever Mother Nature throws at you?


Evan Spiegel reportedly dropped $4 million on a massive New Year's Eve party for Snapchat — and Drake's going to be there

Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snapchat parent company Snap Inc., reportedly spent over $4 million on the company's New Year's Eve party at L.A. Live, according to TMZ. Spiegel rented out several venues, including the Microsoft Theater, a bowling alley, and Wolfgang Puck's restaurant. The company is flying in Snapchat employees from around the world, and Drake is said to be performing.

 

Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snapchat parent company Snap Inc., reportedly spending north of $4 million on their New Year's Eve party tonight, according to documents obtained by TMZ.


The 25 worst movies of 2017, according to critics

Another year is about to end, and as we all praise the movies that we loved (and made billions), it's also a time to look back on the ones that didn't turn out so great.

The list of 2017's worst-reviewed movies has a little bit of everything in it: the colossal box office duds, the movies that became nothing more than a joke on social media, and the one that cost its director a "Star Wars" movie.

Here are the 25 worst-reviewed movies of 2017, as rated by critics' scores on Metacritic:

25. “The Book of Henry”

Metacritic score: 31/100 


The 25 worst movies of 2017, according to critics

Another year is about to end, and as we all praise the movies that we loved (and made billions), it's also a time to look back on the ones that didn't turn out so great.

The list of 2017's worst-reviewed movies has a little bit of everything in it: the colossal box office duds, the movies that became nothing more than a joke on social media, and the one that cost its director a "Star Wars" movie.

Here are the 25 worst-reviewed movies of 2017, as rated by critics' scores on Metacritic:

25. “The Book of Henry”

Metacritic score: 31/100 


The 50 best video games of all time, according to critics

There are dozens of ways you could put together a list of the best video games ever made. You could look to classics, like "Super Mario Bros." here.

You could look at impact on the medium, or highest sales. You could write down your personal favorites on pieces of paper, then throw them into the air. Where the pieces land? That's your list.

But what we've got here is something slightly more scientific. Reviews aggregation site Metacritic compiles all reviews of games, then it averages those scores into an overall average. What you'll find below is the top 50 highest-rated games of all time,


A family is suing Alaska Airlines after an elderly woman fatally fell down an escalator

A family is suing Alaska Airlines and a contractor after an elderly woman died following a fall down an escalator in a wheelchair at Portland International Airport. The family indicated that she needed assistance traveling between gates to a connecting flight when they bought her ticket, but a surveillance video shows the woman navigating the airport alone and eventually falling down an escalator. The woman had her right leg amputated below the knee as a result and died the day after the surgery.

 

A family is suing Alaska Airlines and a contractor after 75-year-old Bernice Kekona died following a fall down an escalator while in a wheelchair at Portland International Airport, according to CBS News.


A high-school student won $250,000 for explaining relativity using a pick-up truck and Usain Bolt

18-year-old Hillary Diane Andales won the 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge for her video explaining the theory of relativity. Andales took home $250,000 in scholarship money for her win.

The German physicist Albert Einstein needed complex equations to describe his theory of relativity, but 18-year-old Hillary Diane Andales of the Philippines does just fine with a pick-up truck, a few cell phones, and Usain Bolt.

Andales is the winner of the 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge, an annual competition that calls on teenagers across the world to submit videos no longer than three minutes that simplify big ideas in science or math. For her win, Andales took home the grand prize of $250,000 in scholarship money.

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