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Supreme Court weighs a constitutional right to social media access

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Does everyone have the legal right to access social media, regardless of past sins? 

The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of a North Carolina law barring convicted sex offenders from accessing social media platforms also used by children. Lawyers advocating on behalf of one such offender, Lester Packingham, argued to the court that Facebook is so integral to everyday life that depriving an individual of access violates his or her First Amendment rights. 

That’s right: We’re at a point where Facebook access may soon be considered a fundamental right. 

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Your name could shape your face, new study suggests

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Long before anyone knows what we’ll really look like, we’re given the label we will probably carry for the rest of our lives — our name. But what if your appearance, particularly your face, somehow reflected the name you were given at birth?

A new study suggests that each person’s face, insanely enough, could actually be shaped by his or her name.

So that would mean, yes, that Sarah really does look like a Sarah, and that Fred really does look like a Fred. Basically, the new findings could finally give some credence to all those weird, usually seemingly baseless assumptions you might have the first time you hear a new name, as NPR reports. Read more…

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Bottle of champagne rolls out under subway seat, brings New Yorkers together

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There are a few things that can bring New Yorkers together, one of them is alcohol.

Colleen Hagerty has been living in New York for nearly 10 years, so she’s seen her fair share of random sightings on the subway. But on Sunday she witnessed a true New York City moment when a bottle of bubbly rolled out from underneath the subways seats, bringing some strangers together to share a toast.

A full bottle of wine just rolled out from under a subway seat and now these 2 strangers popped it open & are drinking it. This is peak NYC pic.twitter.com/lni474aoY9

— Colleen Hagerty (@colleenhagerty) February 26, 2017 Read more…

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Surprise! Study finds Subway’s chicken may contain less than 50% chicken.

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If you order a chicken sandwich you expect to get a chicken sandwich, right? Well not all chicken sandwiches are created equal.

A recent poultry analysis by CBC Marketplace made an unsettling discovery. According to the report, Subway’s chicken was found to contain less than 50 percent chicken DNA. 

CBC reported that Subway’s oven-roasted chicken contained only 53.6 percent chicken DNA, while its chicken strips were found to have only 42.8 percent chicken DNA. The other major ingredient was soy. 

Matt Harnden, a researcher at Trent University’s Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory, tested six sandwiches from fast food restaurants. The two Subway sandwiches were the worst offenders.  Read more…

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