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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Life-Size Replica of Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite

Yes, for a mere $7000, Han Solo can become your favorite decoration, too. You’ll have to practice the evil laughter on your own, though. (via Collider)

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Things We Saw Today: Go Find A Space Party! It’s Yuri’s Night!

Listen up, space cadets! April 12 is Yuri’s Night, an international event celebrating human spaceflight and exploration. Today, our planet is hosting over 200 parties, scattered across every continent (yes, Antarctica included). Head to the official site to find a shindig near you.

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SCIENCE!

Today In Things We Are Not Making Up: Four Women Have Been Successfully Implanted With Lab-Grown Vaginas

Stick with me here. This really is kind of wonderful.

This story concerns four women who were born with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that results in an underdeveloped or absent vagina and uterus. Traditional surgical treatments are painful, and have a complication rate of 75% (all the worse when you consider that these are pediatric patients). But because it’s the future now, scientists have developed an effective, less traumatic way of giving these patients a more typical anatomy: lab-grown vaginas, engineered with each patient’s own cells.

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Sock It To 'Em Ada

STEM Hiring Managers Often Favor Male Candidates, Says Yet Another Study

Sigh.

These findings aren’t groundbreaking, but they shine more light on a very real problem: Hiring managers, both men and women, often perceive male candidates to be better qualified for science and tech jobs, even when their actual on-paper qualifications say otherwise. Fixing the STEM gender gap isn’t just about encouraging interested students — it’s about making sure those students can get jobs one day.

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Things We Saw Today: Ellen Page’s Amazing Response to a Homophobic Pastor

That deserves a slow clap. (Huffington Post)

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SCIENCE!

If Thor’s Hammer Had Been Forged From A Dying Star, How Much Would It Weigh? [Video]

We know, we know. Mjölnir was forged in a dying star. However, overthinking fictional weaponry is a time-honored pastime among us nerds. The comments are open for your flawlessly cited, exhaustively researched counter-arguments.

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Do Try This At Home

Scientifically Accurate Cross Stitched Microbes Perfect for Home Decor

Alicia Watkins cross stitches enormous microbes on to tiny little hoops. Hang botulism in your kitchen, to remind you to wash your hands after handling meat, or in your bathroom above the sink, after making sure it’s framed in such a way that the humidity of the room won’t damage her workmanship sorry was that dropping too much cross stitch knowledge on you I’ll stop.

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Things We Saw Today: Willy Wonka as the Doctor

This makes so much sense. (by James Hance, available in short form on Blue Box Tees.

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hold on to your butts

Rejoice, Dinophiles: A Half-Sized Tyrannosaur Once Roamed The Arctic

I live in the subarctic, which means that when I’m lucky, I get to see the Northern Lights. I’ve spent many nights kneeling by my window, watching the sky dance. I also, on separate occasions, like to imagine what the world looked like before humans. Dinosaurs often play heavily into this.

Never before have I thought to picture the two in the same place.

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Things We Saw Today: Helen Mirren As The 13th Doctor

No further comment necessary. By artist Kevin Wada. (via io9)

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