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Following the grand jury results for Mike Brown and Eric Garner's deaths, it's clear our readers had racism on their minds. Two of our top stories this week reflect the need to actively undercut racist assumptions in our country.
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Plus, some fun picks from the Web. What we clicked on this week:
- In quantum physics, particles have spin, which is "one of the stranger yet less-hyped things about particles." It's not easy to understand, but Motherboard shares a video of a kung fu move that illustrates the concept. Get excited: "Don't mess with me, I know quantum kung fu," is a real quote from the video.
- Nowadays you may take the accuracy of Google Maps for granted. But there's a reason so many people prefer Google to other map apps—there's a massive data gathering operation behind it. Wired gives us a peek at how it all comes together.