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Dark times, like the one in which this elusive photo was taken.

Brace yourselves for The (Less) Social Network Part II: Gratuitous Hashtags. Some allegations about Twitter’s beginnings have been made and it doesn’t look like it’ll play out in less that 140 characters. #SoMuchDrama (Business Insider, NYMag)

Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 over a homophobic slur he made to a ref during a game on Tuesday. We’re not going to beat around the bush—this fining for swearing thing already happened on 30 Rock, and it didn’t go so well. (CNN)

Columbia professor Elena Aprile leads the search for dark matter. But wait—it gets darker. The hunt has netted almost nothing so far. Participants remain optimistic, though. Aprile says, “when we are searching for the unknown, the more we probe the closer we get to truth.” (NYT)

Barring any snark, we were shocked and saddened to read that a Yale senior died in a chem lab accident after her hair got caught in a machine. Our thoughts are with the Yale community and the student’s family. (Yale Daily News)

Sketchy selfie photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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  • I don't even know what to say... says:

    @I don't even know what to say... My deepest condolences to the Yale Community and the family and friends of Michele Dufault. Machine shops are indeed both wonderful and misunderstood places at the same time. Please fully understand your work and take the proper pre-cautions. My thoughts and prayers are with Yale.

  • Rest in peace says:

    @Rest in peace What a terrible tragedy. My condolences to her family and friends. Machine shops can be a wonderful resource for projects but so dangerous as well. Not every accident can be prevented but I hope campuses ensure and enforce proper training, supervision, and safety policies so that students can continue to make use of these resources in as safe an environment as possible. I can think of many close calls due to my own errors or moments of carelessness and I think this could happen to anybody. Rest in peace Michele Dufault.

  • What a tragedy.. says:

    @What a tragedy.. Could you even imagine it?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Holy shit, that poor girl. I can’t even…

  • stop defending him says:

    @stop defending him kobe’s one homophobic slur will be magnified 100x just because of how prominent he is. when you’re paid millions of dollars and you have the national spotlight on you, you have an obligation to control yourself. the fact that he apologized to the Human Rights Campaign means nothing – most people are not in a position to do this! the man is an arrogant, hateful person and should be ashamed of himself.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous The HRC asked for an apology. And yes, he’s in the spotlight so he should keep himself in check. He deserved the fine. He deserved to be called out. Other than that–persecuting someone–calling someone hateful–for saying something that isn’t PC is absolutely stupid. Ask yourself how many times you or your friends say something that isn’t PC–and how often you do something about it.

    2. Umm says:

      @Umm Hysterical much?
      I forgot when people become famous they stop being human..

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous On Kobe: A moment of insensitivity doesn’t make somebody hateful. What he said was wrong–but some thing people say every day. It wasn’t directed toward anyone and it wasn’t malicious. He immediately owned up to it and apologized to the Human Rights Campaign.

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