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    Glen is a comedian, writer, husband, and father. He won his third-grade science fair and is a former preschool science teacher, which is a real job.

  1. Everything You Need to Know About the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway

    Item 1: Chess is the best.

    Friday August 1st kicks off the Chess Olympiad 2014. What exactly is the Chess Olympiad? Teams from 174 countries compete for world chess dominance. It happens every two years, and it's the fourth-largest sporting event in the world. It's a big deal for chess nerds. Here's everything you need to know to get on board.

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  2. Ice Cream That Changes Color as You Lick It Invented by IRL Willy Wonka Spanish Physicist

    Slugworth is going to lose his mind.

    Not that ice cream needed improving, because it's ice cream and therefore already one of the best things in history, but someone went ahead an improved it anyway. Spanish physicist Manuel Linares created Xameleón, an ice cream that changes color as you lick it—and he's not stopping there. Magic is real, everyone.

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  3. Who Are the Greatest Female Video Game Characters? Game/Show Has a List

    Game developers should probably watch this video. A few times.

    Jamin Warren from PBS Game/Show has some guidelines for what makes a strong female character in games (like them actually being playable!) and he's used those guidelines to make a list of his favorites of all time. Besides the list he also talks about the real problems behind lack of representation in games and other media. Check it out and let us know some of your favorite female characters in the comments.

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  4. Self-Driving Cars Allowed To Hit UK Streets Starting Next Year

    Do you think that's a good idea?

    The UK wants to be a place that allows for innovation in the field of self-driving cars. So much so that they were originally supposed to be allowed on public roads already, but they had scheduling problems with the original plans. A new push will see self-driving cars on the roads as early as January 2015.

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  5. Two-Headed Turtle “Thelma and Louise” Dies at San Antonio Zoo After Living More Than a Year

    We'll miss you, little friend.

    Thelma and Louise was a bicephalic (two-headed) turtle born at the San Antonio Zoo in Texas, but sadly the zoo has just announced through the turtle's official Facebook page that she has died.

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  6. The Geekosystem Podcast Episode 41 “4-Month-Long Podcast to Mars”

    We pretend to simulate getting our ass to Mars.

    On this week's podcast we talk about Mike Massimino who just announced he's leaving NASA, the beauty of the first Ninja Turtles movie, the ugliness of Secret of the Ooze, San Diego Comic-Con, and more. All while still managing to give you your weekly dose of Editors' Picks. Enjoy!

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  7. New Study Says Cancer Could Be Detected by a Simple Blood Test

    Let's hope this study holds up to scrutiny.

    Screening for non-specific cancer is difficult because cancer is really just a catch-all term for very different diseases with a range of causes, symptoms, and treatments. A new study says researchers have found a common factor and a simple blood test can be used to screen patients for hundreds of types of cancer at once, but there is a drawback.

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  8. It’s Okay To Be Smart Explains Some Summer Science

    Why do burn in the sun? Why do we sweat? Why do our fingers get wrinkly in the pool?

    Some of us burn almost immediately when we're out in the sun, but why? What's the science behind sunburn? It's Okay To Be Smart host Joe Hanson explains that as well as why we sweat and why our fingers get wrinkly in the pool in this special Summer-themed episode of the show. Enjoy it from the soft glow of your computer screen indoors.

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  9. Twitter Reveals Employee Diversity Numbers, Not Surprisingly Made Up of Mostly White Men

    That's an awful lot of white dudes.

    Twitter is the latest tech company to run with the recent trend of releasing their employee diversity numbers. They're also the latest company to release hard evidence that they're made up of mostly white dudes. Overall Twitter is 70% male, and the tech category is even more jarring with 90%. Twitter's also the latest company to say they're trying to improve these numbers.

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  10. Tyrannosaurus May Have Hunted in Groups According to New Evidence

    They're hunting in packs. They do hunt in packs.

    The T-Rex has a reputation for being a bit of a loner. So much so that it's difficult to find a picture on Flickr of two of them together, but that may not have been the case. According to new footprint evidence found in British Columbia they may have hunted in family groups. Silly T-Rex. Don't you know you should travel single file to hide your numbers?

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