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  1. Watch A Chainmail Dress Protect Its Inventor Against 500,000 Volts Of Electricity

    Dry-clean only.

    Anouk Wipprecht designed this fashionable and functional chain mail dress with the help of ArcAttack, and wore it herself at Maker Faire when her models were too nervous to try it in action. To build a bad-ass, lightning-resistant, 600-rings-of-chainmail dress for your own use, you can follow step-by-step instructions over on Instructables. Hall of the Mountain King not included.

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  2. D.C.’s Museum of Science Fiction Wants To Pay For Your Design

    I volunteer as tribute!

    Nonprofit organization The Museum of Science Fiction is an institution in D.C. dedicated solely to you-know-what, and they're willing to pay $1,000 in Earth currency for the best "preview museum" design to house exhibits in the nation's capitol.

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  3. True Life: I Was A Babysitting Dinosaur

    Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues.

    As a young, money-grubbing middle schooler, I experienced a lot of babysitting-related anxiety. What if I dropped the kid on his head? What if it choked on some yoplait? What if an unnamed global catastrophe rendered its entire species extinct? For one babysitting dinosaur, the nightmare was real.

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  4. Disney Has Patented Illegal “Gepetto Drone” Technology To Operate A Fleet Of Enormous Puppets

    Do you want to amass an army?

    For all their possible positive uses, unmanned aerial vehicles don't exactly have the greatest public image--much like puppets, they're an inherently creepy and untrustworthy human innovation.

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  5. Vashta Nerada Fears Validated: Tiny Nightmare Bugs That Live Among Books Exist

    Hey! Who turned out the lights?

    So science has known about pseudoscorpions for a while, but we didn't know until just today that tiny, scary-looking bugs like to inhabit books and papers, so forgive us for having a bit of a moment. In return, we'll forgive you for taking a second to check how many shadows you've got.

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  6. Pharmacist Has Concerns Over The Drug-Detecting Nail Polish’s Science

    [Trigger warning for sexual assault.] The recent announcement that four male college students have invented a nail polish allegedly capable of detecting the presence of date rape drugs in a drink has, understandably, been controversial. But unfortunately for people who would be inclined to wear Undercover Colors, the science behind the drug-detecting polish may be less helpful than the product's fans had hoped.

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  7. Scientists Are Trying to Prove Our Universe Is Just a 3D Hologram of 2D Information

    What is it with the glasses?

    Today in silly questions your intoxicated friends have asked: Is the Universe just a giant hologram? Maybe we're all really flat like the people on TV and don't even know it! Well, scientists at Fermilab have come up with an experiment to find out for sure, so maybe next time you'll have a solid answer—or at least a holographic projection of one.

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  8. Live Broadcast of Panda Birth Cancelled: Turns Out The Panda Wasn’t Really Pregnant

    I think I saw a Maury episode like this once.

    Real talk: you want to know why pandas are so severely endangered? Sure, poachers and other humans encroaching on their habitats is the primary factor, but it's also partially because pandas are literally the worst at getting pregnant.

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  9. Women at Code Camp Discuss How to Fix the Problem of the Male-Dominated Tech Field

    Spoiler: Society has to stop dictating kids' interests by gender.

    Why are programs like Code Camp so important to fixing the tech field's problem with being overwhelmingly male-dominated? While Code Camp helps strengthen the community of women in tech, attendees think that something needs to be done about the gender divide at an earlier age.

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  10. Time Warner Cable Subscribers Suffer Huge Internet Outrage Outage

    TIL the human brain automatically replaces "outage" with "outrage" when it's next to "Time Warner Cable."

    Time Warner Cable narrowly avoided bringing on the wifipocalypse this morning when service to their customers went down nationwide. Somehow, the people managed to band together in the dark and make due for a few hours without the Internet, but they're not happy about it.

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