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For decades, Larry Hester has been blind because of a condition called retinitis pigmentosa. In this video from the Duke Eye Center, Mr. Hester receives a “retinal prosthesis”—sort of a bionic eye—that allows a surgically implanted stimulator to interact with a pair of special sensor glasses, giving him the ability to see light. Though his vision isn’t completely restored, the procedure allows him to internally see flashes of light when the external sensors pick up brightness. Watching Larry experience light for the first time in 30 years—and his family witness the moment—is pretty touching ... Discuss

Today is a big day for fans of The Simpsons. A year after purchasing the rights to the classic animated franchise, the cable network FX is finally launching the all-encompassing Simpsons World app. The good news is it’s made to be used on almost all of your devices. The bad news is it’s only available to authenticated cable subscribers and there are also ads (Doh!).

Along with all 500+ episodes of the series, the app is essentially made to convert any casual fan into a full-fledge Simpsons nerd by giving them access to tons of extra features like custom playlists, a Simpson-centric newsfeed, crazy specific search capabilities, behind the scenes content and more. As Simpsons producer Al Jean told USA Today, "Hello Simpsons World, goodbye free time! Seriously” ... Discuss

As you probably know, God's Not Dead followed one intrepid college student on a mission to prove to his class that his atheist professor's assertion of God's death has been greatly exaggerated. It's the sort of story that begs for a sequel, and Pure Flix CEO and managing partner Michael Scott is not one to deny such a tale its due. As such, we could get a God's Not Dead follow-up as early as next year, in which God will presumably continue to not be dead. What else will happen? Will another professor force another college class to convert to atheism? Or will our beloved student from the first film go on to graduate school, and have further adventures in defying his professors? Will the movie be called God's Still Not Dead or God's Not Dead With a Vengeance or God's Not Dead 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold? So many questions, and we'll have to wait a whole year to get them answered ... Discuss

Piotr Naskrecki is a entomologist and photographer at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology but, after his recent encounter with a giant spider, he'll probably look into another field, or maybe another planet. Yes, Naskrecki says he was taking a walk in Guyana when he heard something scuttling underfoot. He turned his light on it, expecting to see a small mammal but instead, "couldn't quite understand what I was seeing," That's because human eyes were never meant to rest upon the South American Goliath birdeater—a spider that measures one foot across, with a body the size of your fist and two-inch fangs. Yes. This is not a nightmare. This is real life, and there is no waking up from it.

Naskrecki says that the spider's bite doesn't have enough venom to kill you, but why would anyone even want to go on living after something like that? ... Discuss

An interesting legal wrinkle in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho has drawn the national microscope after Donald and Evelyn Knapp—two ordained ministers who run a wedding chapel called the Hitching Post—moved for a temporary restraining order to be brought against an antidiscrimination ordinance.

Essentially, Idaho has banned discrimination against same-sex couples. That ordinance makes an exception for religious institutions like churches, but the Hitching Post is a for-profit business—which means the Knapps could be committing a misdemeanor by refusing to marry same-sex couples. “If you turn away a gay couple, refuse to provide services for them, then in theory you violated our code and you’re looking at a potential misdemeanor citation,” Warren Wilson with the Coeur d’Alene City Attorney’s Office said.

The Knapps are saying such a law is unconstitutional—and most law experts seem to agree with them. Eugene Volokh, who teaches free speech law, religious freedom law and church-state relations law at UCLA, writes in The Washington Post that "Whatever interests there may be in equal access to jobs, to education, or even in most public accommodations, I don’t see how there would be a “compelling” government interest in preventing discrimination in the provision of ceremonies, especially ceremonies conducted by ministers in chapels" ... Discuss

Last time Jenny Slate and her husband, Dean Fleischer-Camp, released one of their irresistible "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On" videos, Slate was mostly known for her one season on SNL. These days, her future is looking bright, with her lead turn in Obvious Child grabbing all sorts of critical acclaim, as well as her note-perfect portrayal as Jean Ralphio's sister, Mona Lisa, on Parks & Rec. But she hasn't forgotten her best character, a tiny, sneakered shell named Marcel. But there's now a children's book to market—called The Most Surprised I've Ever Been—and she's back with a new video. Take it away, Marcel ... Discuss