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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. Now Computers Can Guess Your Emotional State With 87% Accuracy

    Why does my computer keep asking me if everything's okay?

    A paper titled "Identifying emotion by keystroke dynamics and text pattern analysis" published in the journal Behavior & Information Technology outlines software designed by A.F.M. Nazmul Haque Nahin and colleagues that can recognize the emotional state of a human user with up to 87% accuracy.

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  2. Dumb Trope Holds Up, Traffic Lights Apparently Super Easy to Hack

    Let's just hope the Gibson is as secure as ever!

    It's a tense scene. The hero is trying to get across a crowded city during rush hour to stop the dastardly villain when suddenly type-type-type, the villain hacks the city's traffic lights and causes chaos. Nonsense, right? Nope. Turns out, that tired old trick is actually fairly easy to pull off. Hope you didn't have any villains to stop today.

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  3. Batman’s Greatest Weakness Revealed in This Dorkly Comic

    Yeah yeah yeah, Bats, you're the night. We get it.

    We love Batman and everything, but the whole only-comes-out-at-night thing has a pretty obvious flaw. It's one that gets exploited by a common criminal in this great comic from Dorkly. You'll have to head over there to see how things play out for the Dark Knight and the bad guy.

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  4. White Male Comedians Aren’t Funny

    But there sure are a lot of them.

    Are women funny? Are black comics funny? These are both questions I hear discussed fairly regularly, usually at comedy shows, usually by white male comics. It's kind of a topic I'm sick of hearing about, because it's stupid to make assumptions about someone's comedy based solely on gender or race—especially because white male comedians aren't funny.

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  5. Learn the Science of Depression From AsapSCIENCE

    At least the science as we know it now.

    Depression is something we can all stand to know more about. It's a serious condition that affects millions of people directly, and even more indirectly. Knowing how something works is a great first step in being able to treat it, and our understanding of depression has changed a lot in recent years. This video from AsapSCIENCE explains how.

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  6. Artist Creates Nude “Blood Robot Selfie” That Simultaneously Amazes and Creeps Us Out

    Congratulations on now having the title of "Weirdest Selfie"

    Have you ever wanted to see a nude self-portrait done in the artists' own blood with the help of a robot? Because Brooklyn-based artist Ted Lawson's piece "Ghost in the Machine (blood robot selfie)" is exactly that. You can see the process Lawson went through to create the work in this video (Probably best skip this one if you're squeamish.)

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  7. Important Science: It Is Okay to Pee in the Ocean, Pools Still Off Limits

    Thanks, science.

    If you've ever been in the ocean, you've probably peed in the ocean. Deny it all you want, but if you're denying it out of shame, there's no need. This video from the American Chemical Society series Reactions explains why it's perfectly fine to pee in the ocean. You still shouldn't pee in the pool though, both for science and common courtesy.

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  8. Tom Hanks’ App Wants to Turn Your iPad Into a Typewriter, and It’s Dominating the App Store

    Yes. That Tom Hanks.

    Hanx Writer is an app that turns your iPad into a typewriter, or at least it gives you the feel of using one. The app is free, but offers in-app purchases to unlock different typewriter skins. Are there really that many iPad users with fond memories of old typewriters? Apparently so. Hanx Writer is sitting at the top of the App Store after its first week.

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  9. David Letterman Devotes 10 Minutes to His Friendship With Robin Williams

    "It was just a pleasure to know the guy, and he was a gentleman and delightful."

    The death of Robin Williams hit a lot of us pretty hard, but it no doubt affected those close to him even more. David Letterman knew Williams for 38 years, and last night on The Late Show he devoted a full ten minutes to recounting their friendship. It's a beautiful, moving dedication from one friend to another. You may cry watching this.

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  10. Magicians Perform 13 Tricks in Two Minutes To Promote Wizard Wars

    It's not a series about Harry Potter.

    Wizard Wars is a reality show competition that puts magicians against each other to create tricks and illusions from everyday objects. They then have their performance judged by magic professionals like Penn and Teller. The show premieres tonight at 10:00PM on Syfy, and to promote it the show's creator Richard Lax and in-house wizard Justin Flom perform 13 tricks in two minutes.

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