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  1. 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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  2. “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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Amazing Ads for Canada’s Science World Museum Could Get Anyone Into Science

    They belong in a museum!

    Canada's Science World has really stepped up its advertising game—well, I'm assuming. I've never seen ads for Science World before, but since these are pretty much the greatest ads I've ever seen for anything, I think it's safe to say they've raised the bar. They even went the extra mile to get the kids (or 20-something bloggers) interested with toilet humor, which may very well be the real key to getting kids into STEM fields.

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  7. Nerds Without Borders Saves Tiny Baby Adorable Turtles With Kindhearted Science

    TINY TURTLE TEARS

    Here's your heartwarming science story of the day!

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  8. Little Girl Asks Neil deGrasse Tyson How She Can “Help The Earth,” His Response Is Adorable

    Not more adorable than her, though.

    Sure, it's really easy to be nihilistic about the state of the world these days. But you know what's good for squelching that feeling? Watching Neil deGrasse Tyson get down on the floor of a basketball court at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and tell a first grader in an Einstein t-shirt and pigtails about how exploring the world around her is going to make her an awesome scientist. I think my heart just grew three sizes, but I will have to do some experiments to be sure.

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  9. New Study Shows Playing Video Games Actually Makes You a Better Learner

    DUH we learned that a billion years ago.

    And no, we don't mean learning how to drive aggressively by playing Mario Kart.

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  10. Hilarious Scientific Proofreading Error Lets Us Know How Scientists Really Feel

    (Write pertinent subhead here?)

    A paper published four months ago in a scientific journal contained the above hilarious and unsettling mistake. I don't know if I should be more disappointed in the scientists' editing skills, the journal's peer-review skills, or the "crappy Gabor paper."

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