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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Don Pardo, the Voice of Saturday Night Live, Has Died at 96

    Don Pardo, the announcer for Saturday Night Live since its first episode, has died. He was 96. Pardo's voice introduced decades worth of the biggest names in comedy, music, and more. Saturday night will never be the same without him.

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  6. NASA Will Basically Play SimAnt With New “Swarmies” Robots

    Filed under "Science" but come on, this is really "Gaming."

    NASA engineers have built four robots nicknamed "Swarmies" to test whether a group of robots can autonomously and effectively scout an area for resources, and they've model the software design after how ants do the same thing. It's like a very complicated, expensive game of SimAnt.

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  7. Chinese Hackers Steal 4.5 Million Hospital Patient Records From Community Health Services Network

    Call Zero Cool on these chumps.

    Community Health Systems is a network of 206 hospitals in 29 states, and today they've announced they were hacked. The hackers, working out of China, managed to get 4.5 million patient records including names, social security numbers, and addresses. CHS is now working with the FBI to identify and arrest the thieves.

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  8. First-Ever Microscopic High-Speed Video of Jellyfish Anemone Stinger Injecting Venom

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

    Do you need an excuse to never go to the beach again? Here's a great one: High-speed microscopic video of an anemone injecting venom. We all know creatures like anemones and jellyfish can sting us, but something about this video just makes the threat seem very real. Besides making me never want to swim again, the video is also the first of its kind.

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  9. Perfect: The LEGO Female Scientists Have Their Own Twitter Account

    This is an excellent use of Twitter.

    We've been really excited about LEGO's all-female minifig "Research Institute" set for the obvious reason that it's great. Someone took things to the next level and has given the ladies of LEGO's Research Institute their own Twitter account. It's absolutely worth following. Don't believe us? Here are a few of our favorites:

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  10. Monday Cute: Blanky the French Bulldog Is a Modern Day Sisyphus

    The struggle (to get the ball off the couch) is real.

    Meet Blanky the French Bulldog. Blanky really wants to play with his ball, but just can't reach it on the couch. Is this simply a cute dog video, or is it a metaphor? Are we Blanky the French Bulldog, constantly chasing something that will always be just a little bit out of reach because of our stubby little bulldog legs?

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