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Welders get augmented reality mask: don’t worry, it still has that classic steampunk look. (r/cyberpunk, thanks buzzbros2002)
Firefighters get a similar boost: MIT scientists have developed a Kinect-based vest that builds a map of your building, in real time, as you walk around in it. (r/gis, thanks graffplaysgod)
“Ten years from now you'll have to hire a research firm just to say something about butts.” Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal cartoonist Zach Weiner comes to the defense of Cyanide & Happiness, which had accidentally used the same joke Weiner had made six years earlier. (r/funny, thanks elsestarwrk)
“I'm an idiot and will be going through my second abortion tomorrow.” (r/twochromosomes)
In 1604 there was a supernova visible by the naked eye for several weeks. What did cultures around the world think about this phenomenon? (r/askhistorians)
- You heard that libertarian magazine Reason is the latest domain to get banned from Reddit? r/Libertarian has some fun reactions. (r/subredditdrama)
Hottest subreddit: r/CombatFootage (1 day)
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This couple's counter-protesting with pro-lifers, and documenting it on Tumblr
In late June, the Supreme Court rejected a law, enacted in 2007, that required 35-foot buffer zones around abortion clinics in Massachusetts. This law was intended to help minimize episodes of violence and harassment against women and families entering clinics, but the Supreme Court decided it violated the First Amendment.