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  1. Things We Saw Today: Cute Wearable Tech That Tracks Everything – Including Your Reproductive Health

    Bellabeat’s LEAF is a new wearable that tracks your breathing, stress, sleep, activity – as well as your periods, contraception intake, ovulation periods, and more. Thanks for remembering some of us ladies have particular reproductive health needs, Bellabeat! (via Laughing Squid) Matthew McConaughey says he’s been reading DC and Marvel scrips, but is just waiting […]

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  2. Over 9 Years After Launch, New Horizons Sends Its First Images of Pluto

    This is exciting whether it's a planet or not.

    The New Horizons spacecraft will reach Pluto later this year, but over 9 years after its initial launch, it has finally sent back its first images of its dwarf planet destination.

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  3. Popular Vote Says Pluto Is Still a Planet Despite the Fact That It’s Not

    Because opinions are so important in science.

    The argument over Pluto's planethood continues to rage despite the fact that its outcome is mostly meaningless. Last week, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics held a debate on the dwarf planet's designation, and an unofficial vote showed that people who grew up being taught Pluto was a planet overwhelmingly still want to call it a planet.

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  4. New Horizons Spacecraft Snaps Pictures of Pluto’s Moon Hydra

    HAIL HYDRA. (Come on. You knew it was coming.)

    Pluto may not be a planet anymore, but at least its moons haven't abandoned it. It has five that we know about. So, you know, whatever, Earth and your one moon. Pluto doesn't even care about being a planet. Actually, New Horizons is on the lookout for Pluto's moons in case any we don't know about pose a danger to the mission, and it just got close enough to detect one of the ones we do know about: Hydra.

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  5. New Horizons Takes New Video of Pluto and Its Moon Charon

    Less than a year to go before New Horizons reaches Pluto

    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will reach its closest approach to Pluto in July of next year, but we're already getting back important data and beautiful images. The above video is comprised of stills taken of the Pluto-Charon system over five days last month.

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  6. Head of New Horizons Pluto Mission Issues Challenge to Neil deGrasse Tyson to Debate Pluto Planet Status

    Looks like we're dealing with a badass over here.

    Pluto isn't a planet anymore (or really, it never was). While it's still managed to go about its day-to-day of being relatively small, orbiting the sun, and hanging out in the Kuiper Belt, some humans aren't happy with the demotion. So, Alan Stern of New Horizons has challenged dwarf planet status advocate Neil deGrasse Tyson to a debate.

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  7. Things We Saw Today: Lots of April Fools’ Day Gags

    As they have become famous for, ThinkGeek.com rolled out a bunch of "new" products today. Unfortunately they're all April Fools' Day jokes. The one we're most upset over? The Klingon Rosetta Stone. Because seriously, I've always wanted to learn Klingon. But also, the Unicorn Drinking Horn (pictured above) should go into production immediately. Only larger. Much larger. 

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  8. Pluto Confronts Neil deGrasse Tyson Face-To-Face, Still Not A Planet [VIDEO]

    Taking on Neil is as futile as debating Our Friend Bill Nye.

    It's no secret that we at Geekosystem love Neil deGrasse Tyson - and the epic premiere of Cosmos last week didn't exactly help with our obsession. Tyson hit up Late Night on Friday and was confronted by his oldest frenemy: a dejected and de-planetified Pluto. Watch how the big fight goes down, and prepare to love NDT just a little bit more.

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  9. If We Had a Really Big Telescope, Could We See Star Wars?

    And then if we get the super-high-tech-laser from Paycheck, could we watch Firefly, too?

    Everyone likes watching Star Wars. They're awesome movies, and I think we've all had that majorly trippy moment when we realize "A long time ago" means that everything we're watching happened in the past. But if it was so long ago, and so far away, that the light is reaching us now-- does that mean we could theoretically watch Star Wars live?

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  10. Despite Public Support, One of Pluto’s Moons Will Not Be Called Vulcan

    Dammit Jim!

    The polls set up by the SETI Institute to name the two moons of Pluto have been closed, and, unfortunately, neither moon will be called Vulcan.  When the SETI institute wrapped up the polls back in February to name the two moons that had been discovered in 2011 and 2012, the name Vulcan had 175,000 votes, with Cerberus, or Kerberos, in second place with 99,432, and Styx in third.  Unfortunately, despite the fact that William Shatner convinced so many people to vote for the trekkie title for one of the moons, SETI overruled the poll.

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  11. Watch Live as SETI Institute Announces Official Names of Pluto’s Smallest Known Moons

    The public voted and decided the names should be "Vulcan" and "Kerberos", but it won't be official until SETI says it is.

    Today at 12:00 PM EDT you can jump on a Google Hangout with SETI to hear the official naming of Pluto's two smallest known moons. SETI held a vote a few months ago, and the winning names were "Vulcan" and "Cerberus." Cerberus is already the name of an asteroid, so to avoid any confusion they're expected to use the alternate Greek spelling "Kerberos." We've got the live video right here.

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  12. The Nerds Win! Plutonian Moons Have Been Named

    First the SETI Institute put it up for vote, then the geeks and nerds swarmed the Internet, and now it's as certain as it can be before the International Astronomical Union (IAU) makes the final call: The names of last two moons of Pluto have been chosen, courtesy of 450,324 votes and William Shatner. And the Plutonian award goes to....

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  13. William Shatner Leads the Charge to Name Pluto’s Moons

    We should have known! When SETI announced that the public could vote to name the fourth and fifth moons of Pluto, they also allowed voters to suggest their own. Given the demographic of astronomy and sci-fi fans, this new twist in the space-time continuum should have been inevitable: William Shatner rallied Star Trek fans to vote for the added name of Vulcan -- and now it's winning! Read on to learn about the other contenders.

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  14. This Day In Geek History: Pluto Was Discovered Today in 1930

    We little humans on our floating rock discover celestial bodies long after the they were born -- we kind of can't help it -- but when we do, the date is a big deal to us. On this day in 1930, astronomer Clyde Tombaugh examined some photographs he'd taken and discovered our very own Pluto.

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  15. Things We Saw Today: Have an Out of this World Night’s Sleep Under this Astronaut Duvet Cover

    Things We Saw Today

    Tony Stark expresses my feelings on this astronaut duvet cover by Dutch company Snurk ("For Horizontal Living") rather nicely. (Boing Boing)

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  16. It’s Still Not a Planet, But You Can Name Pluto’s Moons!

    Our old friend Pluto may still be sore about its demotion from a planet to an ice dwarf, but the good news is that we can name its moons. Two of them, anyway. Today, the SETI Institute has opened up the official naming to the public. Keep reading to learn what names are out to an early lead and how you can put your two cents in.

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  17. SETI Asks the Internet to Name Pluto’s Smallest Moons, Is Probably Already Inundated With Meme-Related Write-Ins

    It Came From Outer Space

    …But the names have to be related to Greek mythology, specifically to Hades (or, as the Romans knew him, Pluto) and the underworld. And no, the fact that listening to NyanCat for too long makes one want to die doesn't count.

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  18. Pluto Strikes Back: Moons, Possible Rings of Former Planet Could Damage NASA Probe

    It's been more than six years since Pluto was demoted from its once vaunted status as the ninth planet in our solar system to one of more than 40 dwarf planets. While it is, yes, scientifically accurate, the decision has never set well with plenty of folks, yours truly included. The former ninth planet didn't have a chance to defend itself from NASA's slings and arrows during the review process, but it might get a chance at a little vengeance in a couple of years, watching its moons -- and even the rings it might have -- bang around NASA's New Horizons Probe on its way out of the solar system.

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  19. Pluto’s Fifth Moon Discovered by Hubble Telescope

    That's right, folks! Everyone's favorite trans-Neptunian object has a new moon! I'm not talking about the Stephenie Meyer book, here; I'm talking about a newly-discovered moon known as P5 orbiting that icy far away ex-planet. Chalk another one up to the Hubble Space Telescope for the discovery of Pluto's fifth moon.

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  20. R.I.P. Patsy Tombaugh, Pluto’s Crusader

    so long and thanks for all the fish

    While we readily admit to nostalgic sympathy with the tiny planetoid known as Pluto, when the International Astronomical Union gets together and finally puts a definition on "planet," well... that's science. Okay, it's not so much research and hypothesis as much as it is classification and taxonomy, but without the latter the former would be a lot more difficult. Folks on the losing side of the Pluto debate weren't wrong in their research... they just wanted a larger definition. Last week, the small planetoid lost one of its big supporters, Patsy Tombaugh.

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