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  1. But What If the Earth WAS Flat?

    Don't tell Christopher Nolan about this.

    Vsauce's newest episode has some great stuff for your brain to munch on. What would life on a flat disk Earth be like?

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  2. Scientists in Italy Have Been Cleared of Guilt in an Earthquake Case, Are Not Witches

    Though I assume they've retreated to their lair in the base of a volcano.

    Because scientists are not actually witches as people may have assumed hundreds of years ago, they can't always know with 100% certainty whether future-predicting calculations are correct. In fact, scientists rarely know anything with 100% certainty, which is why it was kind of crazy that some Italian scientists were convicted of manslaughter for not predicting an earthquake.

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  3. Women Use Less Calories Than Men; Let’s Send Ladies to Mars

    Men are from Mars, women should go there.

    Writing for Slate, a participant in a NASA-funded Mars Mission simulation studied the caloric intake and burn rate of her colleagues, and has a suggestion for manned missions to Mars that's right up our alley.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: The Best Magneto Cosplay Ever



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  5. A Flaming, Fiery Round-Up of This Week’s Volcano Videos

    Disclaimer: Ragnaros the Firelord does not actually make an appearance.

    The internet's been a treasure trove of volcanic videos this week. We've handpicked a healthy batch of them.

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  6. 8 Real Life Girl Geniuses You Ought to Know

    No, not Ami Mizuno!

    It’s time to call these girls by name, and give them the respect they deserve. Write these down, tell your friends about them, and – better yet – tell the kids in your life about them, too. Give them someone (several someones!) to look up to, and give their science teachers a break from having to explain why learning chemistry, biology, and physics might be a handy thing to do.

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  7. Mom’s Request Convinces Lands’ End to Stock Science Tees for Girls

    But what's really brave here is that they included Pluto.

    As of yesterday, this lovely tee-shirt featuring the solar system (Lands' End still loves you, Pluto) and another proclaiming the wearer as NASA crew are available in girl sizes from Lands' End, and it's thanks to the request of one mom with a science loving daughter.

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  8. The BBC Goes the John Oliver Route and Keeps Science Balanced by Accurately Depicting Imbalance

    I'm sorry, what? I can't hear your opinion over all the science.

    The BBC Trust (the BBC's governing body) put out a report on how their reporters couldn't properly depict the actual balance in scientific discourse because, to remain "impartial," they were expected to always entertain the other side of the debate. The report found that it was due to a fundamental misunderstanding of how such discussions should function, so they're taking steps to fix it.

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  9. Science Shows That People Who Watch Sitcoms Instead of Rom-Coms Are Bitter, Cynical Assholes


    Did you watch How I Met Your Mother? If so, science says you're a bitter husk of a human being, and not because of the finale.

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  10. Accomplished Scientist Kicked Out Of Concert For Crowd Surfing To Handel’s “Messiah”

    Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!

    If renowned authority on non-equilibrium molecular reaction dynamics Dr.David Glowacki was on the periodic table, he'd totally be a metal, dude: the scientist had to be physically removed recently from Britain's Old Vic theater for attempting to crowd surf at a classical concert. True story.

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  11. Is the Eye of God Nebula “Crying” Water? Kind Of, These Two Studies Say

    Spoiler alert: it's not because the nebula just read The Fault in Our Stars. Get it? Stars? Eh?

    This is an image--though probably not the recolored one you're familiar with that opens every episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey-- of the Helix Nebula, a famous nearby planetary nebula that's located in the constellation Aquarius and looks like a giant "Eye of God" from certain angles. Oh, and also? It might help to form water in the universe. Apparently that's sort of a thing that giant dying space clouds can do sometimes.

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  12. These “Science Riot Grrls” Just Won The Science Fair Of My Heart [Video]

    she blinded me with science

    Few things make me happier than seeing little humans grinning over science projects. Here's the origin story: The young singer in this video came home from science class feeling stoked about the cool experiments she got to do (I know that feel, kid). She and her classmates had been singing a song about being "extraordinary." Her dad helped her write the rest. And thus, Science Riot Grrls was born.

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  13. All-Girl Student “Team Rocket Power” Blasts off at the Speed of Light… to the White House


    Science is all about proving things with verifiable evidence, so we've got some evidence to the contrary of anyone who thinks girls aren't into science. A group of three high school girls demonstrated an expertise in rocket engineering that got them invited to the White House Science Fair. In fact, this year's White House Science Fair made a general effort to focus on the achievements of women in STEM (science, technology, education, and mathematics) fields, and it looks like they found no shortage there.

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  14. LEGO Announces New Official Set: Is It Sherlock, Back to the Future, or Female Scientists?

    Good News Everyone!

    Back in June of last year, we told you about a push for more female minifigs from LEGO, particularly ladies doing science sets. Later in the year we were happy to hear of a single minifig being produced but were still anxious to hear the outcome of the set decision. LEGO's Frederikke Hoff is here to tell us if the scientists beat out Sherlock fandom and Back to the Future's DeLorean plus, she tells us what we can keep our fingers crossed for next time. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  15. Today Is The Last Day Of The World Science Festival, Catch The Final Livestreams Right Here

    Get a little science on your Sunday.

    Today is the last day of the World Science Festival in Brooklyn! If you've missed out so far, don't worry - you can catch livestreams of the final events right here at 1pm, 4pm, and 5pm EDT.

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  16. The World Science Festival Is Still Happening! Watch Today’s Events Live Right Here

    Because what's a Saturday without science?

    The 2014 World Science Festival started Thursday in Brooklyn, and continues throughout the weekend! If you can't make it to New York for all the goodness, don't worry - they've got livestreams for that, and you can check out today's events right here, at 2pm and 8pm EDT.

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  17. The World Science Festival Continues Through the Weekend, Watch Today’s Events Live Right Here

    Let science be your date tonight.

    We're in the middle of the 2014 World Science Festival being held in Brooklyn, New York. If you can't make it, don't fret. They're streaming a number of the events live, and you can watch tonight's presentations, Designer Genes: Fashioning Our Biological Future and Ripples From the Big Bang, right here!

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  18. Can We Explain The “Science” of Game of Thrones? [VIDEO]

    You know nothing Jon Snow

    Crazy-long seasons, super-strong steel, science facts play a role in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series? "It's OK To Be Smart" gives it a go. (via The Daily Dot) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  19. Things We Saw Today: MAC Cosmetics’ New Maleficent Line

    Things We Saw Today

    My eyeliner had wings once. And they were strong. (Fashionably Geek)

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  20. The Brain Scoop Is Here To Teach Us About The Biological Side Of Breastfeeding [Video]

    A Series of Fallopian Tubes

    Given that it's Mother's Day in the US, what could be more appropriate than a scientific discussion about breastfeeding? Granted, as the video notes, not all mothers breastfeed, and that's okay. But if you're interested in the biological history of human child-rearing, host Emily Graslie and her guest Dr. Robert Martin have got the intellectual nourishment you need.

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