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Video: High-fiving people hailing cabs

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This fellow (mostly) delights New Yorkers by high-fiving them as they hail taxis.

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Pep band covers "Killing In The Name"

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George Mason University’s Green Machine pep band rages against the machine. (via Devour)

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Timelapse assembly of giant, crowdsourced, 3D printed Ben Franklin

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Todd from We the Builders writes, "100 people worldwide 3D printed pieces for this three foot tall sculpture of the Houdon bust of Benjamin Franklin.; all 200 pieces were mailed to Baltimore where they were assembled at the Baltimore Node Hackerspace."

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How to lace up your Vans

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My 7 year old and I just had fantastic debate about the proper way to lace Vans.

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Downvoting considered harmful

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A study [PDF] published in a journal of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence found that sites that have a "downvote" button to punish bad comments lock the downvoted users into spirals of ever-more-prolific, ever-lower-quality posting due to a perception of having been martyred by the downvoters.

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Features

Do animals cry?

Maria Konnikova on the appearance and the authenticity of emotion in the animal kingdom--and how we can use science to explore it. Read the rest

Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons' electronic privacy

Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications -- and what new privacy-protecting services they can offer patrons to shield them from unwanted spying of their library activity. Read the rest

What's right with Hermione

14-year-old Naomi Horn says the heroine of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series remains a depressingly rare example of a fictional female respected for her education and intelligence. In Hermione’s world, being smart is what makes her important. Read the rest

John Scalzi's Lock-In

John Scalzi's new novel Lock In is already rocketing up the bestseller charts, and with good reason -- it's a book with everything Scalzi's fans have come to love and expect from his books, and more -- a parable about disability, big business, and technological change, wrapped in a tense police-procedural that grabs you and won't let go. Cory Doctorow reviews Lock In. Read the rest

Cannabis Pharmacy: the practical guide to medical marijuana

Written by Michael Backes, a respected expert in the field, Cannabis Pharmacy is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use book available on understanding and using medical marijuana, with evidence-based information on using cannabis for ailments and conditions, plus a comprehensive guide to the most popular varieties. Read the rest