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  • A father's passionate plea to lawmakers has turned into an online rallying cry for gun control advocates.

    Richard Martinez's son, Christopher, was one of the six University of California, Santa Barbara students murdered in Isla Vista, Calif., last Friday by Elliot Rodger. In a number of public speeches and media interviews since, Martinez has called government leaders to reform gun laws.

    "How many other people are going to have to die in this situation before something is done?" Martinez asked a crowd of more than 18,000 at a rally Tuesday. "Life doesn't have to be like this. It is just intolerable."

    Later, Martinez led the crowd in a chant of "Not One More" and asked the students to begin tweeting it. He also encouraged everyone to reach out to local, state, and national officials.

    "Today, I'm going to ask every person I

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  • When news broke Wednesday that Maya Angelou had passed away at age 86, those she impacted took to social networks to share what they learned and loved about the poet and activist.

    "She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being," said Guy B. Johnson, Angelou's son, in a statement from the family on Angelou's Facebook page. He also confirmed that she died peacefully at home. "She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace."

    "But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it's how she lived her life," wrote Oprah Winfrey in an Instagram post. She preceded those words by listing many of Angelou's accomplishments, including her three Grammy Awards and her recitation of her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration. "She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace."

    Essence Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Bush also used "fierce" to describe Angelou.

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  • Move over, Psy. There is a new Korean dancing darling of YouTube.

    She may be just a toddler, but this adorable child's dance moves are clearly just what the Internet needed this week. IMAX's YouTube channel uploaded the video Tuesday. In the 52-second clip, the girl and her brother stand in front of a TV while a dance song plays in the background. The track is called "I Got My Eye On You" by the production group Nari & Milani, along with Cristian Marchi. It features vocals from singer Luciana.

    The girl's brother really does not get into the act too much, instead deferring to his sister. She wastes no time in the clip boogying down, literally. YouTube commenter Erlisa Wong wrote, "new dance style has [been] born" when she saw the toddler squat down and shimmy her hips and arms downward. It almost looks like she is trying to scoop something off the ground.

    "That is so cute!" wrote Lisa Eckman. "I like how she taps her brother on the shoulder and is like … 'come on brother dance with

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  • A world in which you sleep in on a long weekend and wake up to a robot making you pancakes is closer than you might think.

    Meet PancakeBot, a 3D printer that creates pancakes in different shapes and sizes. Miguel Valenzuela is the man behind the invention. Valenzuela thought of the idea in 2010 after reading an article about a pancake-stamping machine made of Legos pieces. When the Norway resident shared the idea with his daughters, they became very excited. Valenzuela spent the next six months perfecting the first version of PancakeBot. A number of media outlets covered the device after he posted a video on YouTube.

    In 2012, the PancakeBot came to the U.S., appearing at the World Maker Faire in New York. A year later, Valenzuela began working on a non-Legos version. This rendition of the PancakeBot is made of acrylic and features two motors, a microcontroller board, and a vacuum pump for batter control. The new take on his invention debuted last weekend at the Bay Area Maker Faire in

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  • Might there be a new favorite song of YouTuber users that cannot be found on the Disney "Frozen" soundtrack? Meet Iggy Azalea's hit single, "Fancy," and the adorable father-daughter combination that created a very popular lip dub to it.

    Jesse Lozano is known to many who listen to his radio show on Los Angeles' KIIS-FM as "Boy Toy Jesse." The on-air personality features his daughter Savannah and his adventures as a single dad in online videos and segments on his show. On Lozano's YouTube channel, the two star in a video that was published last month but is just now gaining popularity, with more than 236,000 views.

    "Let's do a lip dub. Let's do 'Frozen,'" suggests Lozano at the beginning of the minute-and-a-half video filmed with a dashcam. "Let's do 'Let It Go.'"

    As the father begins to belt out the chorus, his daughter protests the selection.

    "No!" Savannah responds. "We have to do real music."

    With that, the opening notes of "Fancy" play in the car, and the duo goes line for line

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