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  1. Things We Saw Today: Women Remedy the Lack of Lesbian Emojis by Creating Their Own

    It is the right of all people to communicate with tiny pictures.

    Emojis have a representation problem, so the lesbianemojis Tumblr (by Katie Streeter & Kim Linn) has stepped in to fix it. Take a look at the rest of their work on the Tumblr and then maybe show your support by buying some prints!

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  2. The Smithsonian Decides LGBTQ History Rightfully Belongs in a Museum, Adds It to Their Collection

    Good news, everyone!

    The best way to stop people from being hateful or fearful of something is to educate them about it, and the Smithsonian is taking steps to help the LGBTQ community by bringing their history to light. They're adding hundreds of pictures and documents detailing LGBTQ history to their collection.

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  3. Mom Invents App to Brick Kids’ Phones Until They Call Their Parents Back

    Her kids have been mysteriously uninvited to all slumber parties.

    Tech-savvy parent Sharon Standifird was tired of her teenage children not answering or returning her calls to their cell phones, so she created an app that allows her to remotely brick their phones until they call her back. Apparently if she's going to wish her kids would just call her back, she's going to make sure all other kids are going to wish they would've, too.

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  4. Citizens of Delaware Can Now Inherit Digital Assets, Rest of Us Stuck With Analog Estates

    "To you, I bequeath all 800 of my Flappy Bird knockoffs."

    Currently, all of the digital wealth you've built up—iTunes libraries, Steam games, Farmville micro-transaction purchases—is the property of whatever service provides that particular online account upon your passing, but a new law enacted in Delaware will allow citizens to inherit their loved ones' digital possessions. On a related note, the top Google search term in Delaware is now "permanently delete Fifty Shades of Grey from Kindle account."

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  5. Project PERCEPTION NEURON Is the Virtual Reality Bodysuit of the Future

    Can the final version look like Tron costumes, please?

    There are some amazing virtual reality headsets on the horizon with the Oculus Rift, Sony's Project Morpheus, and more, but no one has quite nailed down the perfect control solution—that's where Project PERCEPTION NEURON comes in. It's a wireless, full-body motion capture system designed to put the wearer in the virtual world like never before, and the results look amazing.

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  6. Dorkly Presents 6 Movie Mysteries That Were Only Explained in Novelization

    And I thought my retcons were bad.

    If you make a habit of skipping the novelized versions of your favorite movies, it turns out you might be missing some important plot points like, "Where was the Joker during Dark Knight Rises?", "Why are there always two Sith?", and "Where did that old guy get a mogwai, anyway!?"

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  7. Star Wars Dreams Come True: Future Episode VIII/IX Director Rian Johnson Confirms Episode VII’s Sparing CGI Use

    So no Episode VII: Return of the CGI, then?

    The prequel trilogy didn't exactly make it easy to get excited about new Star Wars movies, but details of a return to form for the franchise have slowly trickled out and made things a lot more interesting. Now, Episode VIII and IX director Rian Johnson has said that the return to practical effects isn't just speculative wishful thinking.

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  8. Xbox Kinect Can Be Used to Collect Crime Scene Data, Help Police… Kinect the Dots

    ( •_•)>⌐■-■ ... (⌐■_■) YYYYEEEEAAAAAHHHHH!

    No stone has been left unturned in the quest to find something, anything, that the Xbox Kinect is good for, and it may have paid off: The Kinect seems pretty useful for investigating crime scenes. I can only guess that it wound up in this role after its prominent part in the case of how the PS4 murdered the Xbox One.

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  9. New Twitter Changes Will Clog Up Your Feed With Tweets You Didn’t Want to See

    This is why we can't have nice things.

    We were pretty happy last week that Twitter was finally going to take its harassment problem seriously, even if we weren't thrilled with how long it's gone on or the circumstances that brought about the change of heart. Unfortunately, it looks like they're testing out some other changes that will pretty much suck the life out of everything we love about Twitter. Yay?

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  10. Stanford Researcher Explains the Science of Captain America and the Hulk’s Powers [VIDEO]

    "Get in, losers. We're going to do science."

    Stanford biologist Sebastian Alvarado is here to take the wind out of your sails, pedants. Superheroes will probably never be 100% scientifically accurate, but Alvarado's rationalizations for the real science that could be at work behind the Hulk and Captain America would make the Science Bros. proud. Watch him explain Captain America above and then hit the jump for the Hulk.

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