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Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Rape Culture, Cumberbitches, And Apocalypse Noir

This week for BuzzFeed News, Sandra Allen explains why when it comes to climate change and agriculture, fine wine is the canary in the coal mine. Read that and these other stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

1. How Climate Change Will End Wine As We Know It — BuzzFeed News

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Hotter and less predictable temperatures mean that much of the world’s premium wine regions are now under threat and new ones are emerging. How the wine industry is — and isn’t — reacting says a lot about the future of agriculture. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

2. A Rape on CampusRolling Stone

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Sabrina Rubin Erdely delivers a shocking, must-read look at University of Virginia’s sexual assault problem, and how the administration and culture of the campus itself have prevented justice for victims, or change. “From reading headlines today, one might think colleges have suddenly become hotbeds of protest by celebrated anti-rape activists. But like most colleges across America, genteel University of Virginia has no radical feminist culture seeking to upend the patriarchy.” Read it at Rolling Stone.

3. The Accused — BuzzFeed News

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Another important story about sexual assault on college campuses, by Katie J.M. Baker. Sexual assault survivors across the country say they were treated unfairly by their schools, as do an increasing number of men seeking legal action after being suspended for sexual misconduct. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

4. Benedict and the CumberbitchesNew York

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A fun profile by Jada Yuan: “‘The Internet’s Boyfriend’ is both an accurate descriptor of Cumberbatch’s current place in popular culture and the name of one of many Tumblrs dedicated to him, another of which is a name generator spitting out even more hilarious British-sounding names, like Tiddleywomp Vegemite and Wellington Comblyclomp.” Read it at New York.

5. And the Most Powerful Internet Mogul of 2014 Is… Will FerrellGQ

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Seven years ago, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay founded Funny or Die, a website for strange, irreverent, and truly funny videos. This year, their site produced a video with the President that was watched by 24 million people. Amy Wallace asks: How’d they end up here? Read it at GQ.

6. The Transformation of Eddie Redmayne — BuzzFeed Entertainment

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In The Theory of Everything, the 32-year-old actor went through a rigorous, painful process to take on the physicality and emotional life of famed scientist Stephen Hawking. As Adam B. Vary writes, it’s a performance that could catapult Redmayne to an Oscar. Read it at BuzzFeed Entertainment.

7. Death By Deadline — The Marshall Project

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What happens to death-row prisoners who who lose their last appeal — sometimes because of unforgiving laws, and sometimes because of missed legal deadlines? Ken Armstrong investigates. Read Part One and Part Two at the Marshall Project.

8. The Secret Life of PasswordsNew York Times Magazine

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What’s behind our passwords? Ian Urbina finds that they’re filled with hopes, dreams, and some very personal stories: “Many of our passwords are suffused with pathos, mischief, sometimes even poetry. Often they have rich back stories.” Read it at the New York Times Magazine.

9. The Cosby ShowThe Atlantic

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If you read one piece about this horrifying, unfolding story, make it this one by Ta-Nehisi Coates. “A defense of Cosby requires that one believe that several women have decided to publicly accuse one of the most powerful men in recent Hollywood history of a crime they have no hope of seeing prosecuted, and for which they are seeking no damages. The alternative is to see one of the most celebrated public fathers of our time, and one of the great public scourges of black morality, revealed as a serial rapist.” Read it at the Atlantic.

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