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  1. Google’s Floating Showroom Dreams Sunk, Mystery Barge to Be Dismantled and Sold

    You might say their ship has sailed. And then you might have no friends.

    One of Google's "mystery barges" will vanish as mysteriously arrived, which means we'll never get to sit around and envy the rich and famous who would be invited to attend its anticipated swanky party for the floating showroom's opening. Now, has made its way from Portland Harbor to Turner's Island Cargo Terminal, where it will be dismantled. But why? It is a mystery. Kind of.

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  2. At Long Last, You Can Buy LEGO’s Female Scientist Minifigs

    Get to it, ya blockheads.

    It is time!

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  3. Alarm Clock Wakes You Up By Brewing You Coffee

    Why has it taken us so long to invent this?

    You know how that old coffee jingle goes: "the best part of waking up is when your alarm clock puts Folgers in your cup." Wait, that's not how it goes? Someone should probably tell the guy who invented an alarm clock that actually does just that, then. He's probably gonna feel pretty silly.

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  4. Mom’s Request Convinces Lands’ End to Stock Science Tees for Girls

    But what's really brave here is that they included Pluto.

    As of yesterday, this lovely tee-shirt featuring the solar system (Lands' End still loves you, Pluto) and another proclaiming the wearer as NASA crew are available in girl sizes from Lands' End, and it's thanks to the request of one mom with a science loving daughter.

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  5. Twitter Users Perfectly Hijack AMA Hashtag to Harass Twitter CEO About Harassment

    That is some knee-buckling irony right there.

    Several well-intentioned Twitter hashtags have fallen victim to a misjudgment of the Twitter audience lately and been used to criticize their creators. Unsurprisingly, the same thing happened when Twitter started #AskCostolo for users to ask Twitter CEO Dick Costolo whatever they wanted—and what they wanted to ask was, "Why does Twitter not do more about online harassment?"

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  6. Today In Unattainable Beauty Standards: Do Chickens Think I’m Pretty?

    I'd settle for "cute in the right light," chickens.

    Back in 2002, a group of scientists decided they wanted to usher in the new millennium by cracking one of civilization's greatest mysteries: what do chickens think of our big, beak-less human faces?

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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