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  1. This Thanksgiving, Explore The Chemistry Of Eating Too Much

    We think you might need this right about now.

    Sure, the physical size and stretchiness of your stomach has a lot to do with why you probably feel like a turkey-filled Macy's Day balloon right now. But the American Chemical Society's Reactions series wants you to know that a lot of it also has to do with chemicals—and not just the oft-demonized tryptophan, either. Unbutton your pants and join us for some science!

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  2. “Ada Lovelace Exam” Proposed As Alternative To Turing Test, Computers Everywhere Are Hella Stoked

    I feel so much better about the Singularity.

    You guys remember rad-as-HECK Ada Lovelace from Sam's profile of her earlier this year, right? The Ada Lovelace? The one with a day of the year named after her plus an entire computer language? The woman who essentially wrote the world's first-ever computer program and predicted the creative capabilities of modern machines? Well, good. Because Ada might be about to get a lot more fans, at least if one tech professor has his druthers.

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  3. Tech Dudes Take Credit For Female Scientist’s Work; Plan To “Hack” Vaginas So They Smell Like Peaches

    But yeah, there's no reason women might feel uncomfortable in STEM.

    Last Wednesday marked the annual DEMO Conference, a meetup in California to celebrate "New Tech Solving Big Problems." One of the "big problems" widely discussed at this year's event? Vaginas and their damnable insistence on smelling like parts of the human body.

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  4. Only 3 out of 5 Internet Users Know What Net Neutrality Is—Do You?

    Sigh.

    The Pew Internet Research Project has a nifty test for you to take to see how well you know the history and lingo of the Internet. But don't worry if you do badly, friends—you can't do a worse job than the 61% of people polled who could not accurately identify the correct definition of net neutrality. That's a depressing statistic if I ever heard one.

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  5. Slimy but Satisfying: Termite Species “Ruled” by Genetically Immortal Queens

    I think I'm a clone now.

    Hang on, I'll get to the story. Don't be in such a RUSH.

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  6. “For Women in Science” Video Inspires With Stories From 10 Real Women in STEM

    And now for something completely different. AKA good news.

    L'Oreal and UNESCO's international For Women in Science program seeks to inspire and help women in STEM fields by bringing their stories and work to the world and awarding funding for their research. They've given awards to 82 female scientists so far, including two who went on to win Nobel Prizes, and will have helped over 2,000 more with national and international fellowships by the end of 2014.

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  7. This Hella Old Book of Spells Has Finally Been Deciphered

    Somewhere, Giles is panicking.

    A 1,300 year old Egyptian text of mysterious origins, deemed "The Handbook of Ritual Power" by researchers and invoking an unknown deity addressed as "Baktiotha: lord over the nine kinds of serpents," has finally been translated. Woe upon us all.

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  8. The Woman Who Wrote That Barbie Book Says She’s a Feminist, Doesn’t Explain Why Barbie Can’t Code

    Susan Marenco, the writer behind that Barbie book with the not-so-great message about women in STEM, has spoken out in the midst of the controversy surrounding the book - but doesn't explain why she decided to write it the way she did.

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  9. Microsoft Deploys Freaking Dalek Security Robots, Never Has to Worry About Theft Again

    "Do you validate parking?" "VAL-I-DATE! VAL-I-DAAAAAATE!"

    Wow. I wish Microsoft took personal computer security as seriously as they clearly do in the physical world at their offices. Their Silicon Valley campus now has five security robots that look frighteningly like Daleks. Leave it to a bunch of nerds to assume the appearance of a Dalek will strike fear into the hearts of criminals.

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  10. Crap on Wheels! The UK’s First Poo-Powered Bus Has Hit the Road!

    Wow. I didn't think being stuck behind a bus could get worse.

    The UK's first "Bio-Bus," which I'll begrudgingly admit is catchier than "poo bus," runs on human waste and food garbage kind of like the Back to the Future DeLorean after its Mr. Fusion upgrade—only with less time travel and more poo.

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