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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. New Study Suggests Social Media Users Are Less Likely To Share Opinions

    On this, the Internet? HOW.

    One of the biggest criticisms against social media is that its users must think their opinions are the most important ones to ever have been held through all of history and that everyone must hear them all the time for the good of humanity. Not true! According to a recently published study, most of us are actually kind of shy online and will withhold our real opinions, because we don't want people to hate us.

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  7. Facebook Is Cracking Down on Click-Bait Headlines, You Won’t Believe How (You Really Will)

    Like.

    You won't guess which giant tech company is finally doing something about click-bait! It's Facebook, as they announced today in a blog post about new changes to the news feed that will help reduce the prevalence of click-bait headlines in your feed. That way you don't have any trouble finding all those important cat videos and self-righteous fitness tracker posts.

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  8. Researchers Unveil a Universal Robot Hivemind That Learns From the Internet

    "OK Google, search 'enslave the humans.'"

    Well, we had a good run, humans, but it's time for our robotic overlords to ascend to their rightful place of dominance. Researchers from several universities are working on a system for robot learning that allows them to bypass being taught by humans and seek out the knowledge they need on the Internet.

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  9. “Undercover Colors” Is A New Nail Polish That Detects If Your Drink Has Been Drugged

    Can we just make this a feature in all nail polish?

    We love a good mani or some cute nail art; but, wouldn't your polish game be way better if it also fought sexual assault? Four undergrad dudes at North Carolina State University have developed a prototype for a new nail polish line called Undercover Colors - a polish that changes color when it comes in contact with date rape drugs. Pretty revolutionary.

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  10. Afraid To Be Away From Your Phone For Even One Goddamn Second? You Might Need the noPhone

    Today in: Jokes we wish were real things

    Confession time: I can't deal with not having my phone on me at all times. All. Times. It's bad enough that when I saw a link for the noPhone, a simple phone-sized piece of plastic for when you have to be away from your phone, my reaction was "That's stupid... wait... no... that's brilliant... I need that... damn it it's not real."

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