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  1. Everyone Please Go Tell Google That Dinosaurs Aren’t a Ploy to Indoctrinate Children FFS (Seriously. Please.)

    Did you mean, "What happened to education?"

    For real. If you go on Google, as of this writing, and search "what happened to the dinosaurs," the top result that comes up is from Answers in Genesis and asserts that dinosaurs are used to indoctrinate children with the crazy idea that the Earth has been around longer than some thousands of years. Luckily, there's a feedback button to let Google know how you feel about the results. I look forward to your creativity there.

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  2. Animated Video Adorably Debunks Common Myths About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    What do you guys think of this TED-Ed explanation?

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  3. World’s Longest Hoverboard Flight Achieved Over Water Despite How Hoverboards Really Work

    FAKE, obviously.

    Catalina Alexandru Duru has set the record for the farthest flight ever on a real life hoverboard—until Marty McFly arrives from the past in October, I guess.

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  4. Marvel Science! An Astrophysicist Tries to Explain the Plausibility of Multiple Universes

    This is heavy.

    I, for one, can't wait to meet one of my alternate selves. Particularly the "good" one. Muahahahahahaha!

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  5. Twitter Promotes Transphobic Tweets From 4Channer Impersonating Feminist Activist

    Today in "total garbage."

    Twitter has recently amped up efforts to prevent harassment, but terrible tweets promoted yesterday from a duplicate account indicate several areas where the platform still needs major improvements. [TW for transphobia, suicide and graphic language.]

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  6. 60 Women of Color in STEM Interviewed, 100% Report Experiencing Gender Bias

    “If you want to fit in, do you have to behave like the men?”

    A sampling of 60 women of color who work in STEM were interviewed for a study in January from UC Hastings on gender bias in STEM workplaces. The sampling was pulled from a greater survey of 557 women both of color and white.

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  7. Hasta La Vista, Privacy: Meet NSA’s Very Own Skynet Program

    I know now why you spy.

    In a stunningly surprising-yet-not-surprising move, The Intercept revealed that the NSA has named one of its metadata gathering programs Skynet. You know, the horrifying computer system in that one movie that tries to end humanity as we know it? The one that creates super powered cyborgs that kill humans? The thing that allowed us to create the "Governator" nickname? Yeah. That Skynet.

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  8. Women in STEM Step Out To Draw Attention To The Gender Gap And Historical Erasure

    It's no secret that women have had their contributions to science and tech erased from the annals of history (just look at poor Rosalind Franklin), and that - though things are slowly improving - ladies still have a difficult time in the tech world. This week, quite a few rad women in STEM are speaking out about these injustices.

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  9. GE’s Sally Le Page Uses Pitch Perfect 2 To Teach Us About the Science of Sound

    Science, Pitches!

    Biologist, science vlogger, and GE Creator-In-Residence (and musician!) Sally Le Page excels in making science accessible to the masses who watch her informative videos on YouTube. Now, in conjunction with GE and Fullscreen, she uses one of her favorite films, Pitch Perfect, and the upcoming Pitch Perfect 2, as an excuse to delve into the science of sound and why music has the effect on us that it does. Check it out!

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  10. Tech Company’s #ItWasNeverADress Project Challenges Preconceptions About Women

    Ok, but what color is the cape?

    Gendered restrooms have a history as a breeding ground for transphobia and toxic gender norms, but tech company Axosoft's #ItWasNeverADress campaign is trying to turn the traditional triangular female symbol into a hero for noncompliant, pioneering women everywhere.

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  11. “Because Science” Explains How We All Have Daredevil’s Powers

    Spoiler: because science.

    Real life human senses are closer to Daredevil's powers than those of us who rely heavily on our eyes might realize. From human echolocation to senses you might not even realize you have, Because Science will explain the real world science behind everyone's new favorite superhero.

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  12. Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson Host a Debate on Water’s Importance in the Universe Live at 7PM EDT

    Water, water everywhere.

    At this year's annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the American Museum of Natural History, Neil deGrasse Tyson will host a—mostly female!—panel of experts, including NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan, as they discuss water's role in the universe as well as its importance here on Earth. You can watch the whole thing live right here starting at 7PM EDT.

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  13. Stephen Hawking Wants You to Know There’s an Alternate Universe out There Where Zayn Is Still a Member of One Direction

    ♫ Sooooomwheeeeere oooooout theeeeeeere.... ♫

    As you may have noticed from the million hearts shattered simultaneously 'round the world, Zayn Malik recently announced he would be leaving One Direction. At an event on Saturday night at the Sydney Opera House, a devastated 1D fan got to ask the leading authority on boy band culture about ask about Zayn's departure: Stephen Hawking. His advice is as flawless as expected.

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  14. “Make Your Voice Heard and Don’t Hold Back”: An Interview with Period App Pioneer and Clue CEO Ida Tin

    Ida Tin is the founder of Clue, a period and ovulation tracker that helps users monitor their cycle and better understand their own bodies. In an email interview, Tin took time out of her busy schedule to talk to us about being a woman in tech, taking charge of one's own health, and the benefits of using an app like Clue.

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  15. Scientists Edit Human Embryo DNA for the First Time, Find That the Technology Isn’t Ready

    No matter what Jurassic Park would have you believe.

    Two steps forward, one step back: scientists edited the DNA of human embryos for the first time, and they're going to take a break, because it didn't go so well.

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  16. Humanoid Robot Helps Customers in Tokyo Department Store

    Uncanny valley, anyone?

    Toshiba Corp. has unveiled their humanoid robot in an upscale department store in Tokyo to provide audio guidance to customers.

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  17. Researchers Have Figured Out Troll Behavior and Are Trying to Fix It

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to anger the internet.

    Some researchers at Cornell University figured out how to identify internet trolls and are working on a way to deal with them. Loki is amused.

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  18. New Website Helps Moms Find Work-From-Home Tech Jobs

    Where's my super suit?

    You already know women are super underrepresented in tech companies. Stay-at-home moms in particular aren't hired often, if at all, and that's a problem. In order to deal with this issue, two women have started a job site that gives women the chance to work remotely in the field, or in any field really!

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  19. Startup Tech Company Denies Female Programmer a Job Because of Her Looks

    *Incoherent rage yelling*

    Oberlin senior Elizabeth Bentivegna is currently interviewing for post-grad jobs and experiencing some of the double standards and gender-based discrimination that comes with being a woman in tech.

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  20. Neuroscientist Shaves Her Head to Better Illustrate How the Brain Works/Look Awesome

    MIT Neuroscientist Nancy Kanwisher is sick of all this damn hair making it difficult to demonstrate just where certain regions of the brain lie. Either that, or she was just looking for an excuse to shave her head to look awesome/begin her journey towards supervillain-dom.

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