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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Survey Shows Satire News Programs Inform People Better Than Actual News on Net Neutrality

    Wait. Those "regular" news shows aren't just elaborate jokes?

    Buried in a survey on whether or not most of the public in the United States opposes Internet fast lanes—they do, by the way—is a fun little chart showing viewers of which news programs felt they'd heard the most about net neutrality. Surprise! The Daily ShowThe Colbert Report, and Last Week Tonight are by far the top three. Go ahead and have a big belly laugh over Jon Stewart insisting he wasn't real news on Crossfire all those years ago.

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  5. Now You Can Write Your Very Own “Feminist Hacker” Barbie Book Using This Helpful Text Generator

    Way better than asking for two dudes to do it for you.

    OK, so you've seen the awful Barbie book, and you've seen the improved versions made by people who just want life to be good, but all this time, you've been wondering, "How can I get in on the action?" Well, now there's a website that lets you make Barbie into just the kind of badass computer hacking feminist you always wanted her to be.

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  6. A Female PhD Student in Computing Re-Wrote That Horrible “Barbie Computer Engineer” Book and Made It Awesome

    OK, now you can be a computer engineer, Barbie.

    Yesterday, we told you about a new Barbie book called I Can Be A Computer Engineer, which—while it sounded so promising—actually taught girls that they need a man's help in order to code games, or even just use a computer without breaking it, really. But fear not—awesome women to the rescue!

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  7. This Is Tony Hawk Finally Taking a Real Hoverboard for a Spin, and We Want Our Own Right Now Please

    This is heavy.

    Yes, it's 100% real this time, despite Tony Hawk now being regarded as the boy who cried hoverboard. This one comes with the caveat that it must be used over special surfaces to function, but that's a small footnote on the fact that we finally have a very real hoverboard just a few months before Back to the Future II's 2015 deadline. Success!

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  8. A Five-Year-Old Passed the Microsoft IT Technician Exam. Seriously.

    So easy a kid can do it!

    Either the bar for being a Microsoft IT tech is so low a child can clear it, or five-year-old Ayan Qureshi is a genius. Luckily for IT people everywhere, it seems that young Qureshi is just very smart, but until he builds Skynet or whatever's in store for his brilliant future, I'm still open to the possibility that Microsoft tech support is secretly just five-year-olds.

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  9. Explaining How Cats Get High, and Other Cat-Related Chemistry Lessons

    Like, meow, man.

    Why do so many cats completely lose their marbles when they're introduced to catnip? Why does cat urine smell like the worst thing ever in the world, except when it's in kitty litter? And why are they always rubbing their faces up against stuff? Youtube's Reactions: Everyday Chemistry wants you to know that the answer to all of these questions is "chemicals, duh." Dang, I had my heart set on "cat magic," but that makes more sense.

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  10. New Study Strengthens the Idea That Sexuality Is Influenced by Genetics

    Mr. DNA would be so proud.

    There have been studies indicating that a few genes may play a role in sexual orientation. However, a new study of the genes of gay brothers and twins used a much broader sample in order to draw stronger conclusions about whether DNA influences orientation, and surprise! They found more evidence that sexuality is no more a choice than eye color, hair color, or you know, whether you have bones or a brain or anything.

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