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Google Doodle celebrates chemist Percy Julian's birthday

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Today, Google celebrates what would have been the 115th birthday of Percy Julian, a chemist whose research led to chemical birth control and immune-suppressing medications.

Julian was born in Alabama on April 11, 1899, at a time when his city of Montgomery didn’t provide public education for black students post-middle school. Despite this, Julian persevered and ended up both attending and excelling at Indiana’s DePauw University. He later returned to the university to work on synthesizing plant products into medicine, where he found much success; some of his accomplishments include creating a synthetic cortisone to inexpensively treat arthritis and discovering a treatment for glaucoma.

Julian received many honors in (and after) his lifetime, including being the first black chemist to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He passed away in 1975.

Google, Hulu, and more test our gullibility with April Fools' pranks

If you see anything weird online today, it may be an April Fools’ prank — or it could just be the internet being characteristically ridiculous. Either way, we’re gathering together the best pranks from companies like Google and Hulu and will continue updating the list throughout the day. See what we’ve found below:

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Google 'debuts' Pokemon augmented reality app for April Fools' -- VIDEO

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April Fools’ came early for Google: Monday, the company released a video promoting a new augmented reality app where smart phone users can hold up their camera and see animated Pokémon appear before them. Whoever catches all the Pokémon gets a job at Google as Pokémon Master. Easy enough, right?

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Google Doodle celebrates the spring equinox

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Despite the cold weather still plaguing much of the nation, today is technically the first day of spring. And Google, for one, is ready to celebrate!

Google is marking the moment that the sun crosses the equator with a new animated Doodle that features beautiful flowers blooming. An equinox only happens twice a year, in March and again in September. During the spring equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator, and the length of day and night is nearly equal. In the northern hemisphere, the March equinox is designated the “spring equinox,” but for the southern hemisphere it is the “fall equinox.”

Here’s hoping the warm weather this doodle illustrates actually comes soon!

Google celebrates St. Patrick's Day

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Google goes green!

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Google’s homepage Doodle features a green stained-glass drawing. The day celebrates Ireland’s most commonly-recognized patron saint, Patrick, who died on March 17, according to tradition.

Stateside, this year’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day news story might be Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announcing that he will not participate in the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade because the event excludes LGBT organizations. (New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio will not march in his local St. Patrick’s Day parade for the same reason.)

Never fear: The Chicago River is still green.

'Sons of Anarchy' creator Kurt Sutter has something to say about Google's stance on copyright

As the creator of Sons of Anarchy, Kurt Sutter has made a name for himself as a master of bringing to light the gritty, dangerous and fascinating underbelly of society. That, and he’s known as one of the most outspoken men in Hollywood. So it’s no surprise to see that he has taken a strong stance against Google’s position on copyright issues in a passionate essay published Friday on Slate.

Sutter’s article is a response to the March 10 story, “Hollywood’s Copyright Lobbyists Are Like Exes Who Won’t Give Up.” That post — written by Marvin Ammori, a lawyer working for Google — argued against the “voluntary agreements” copyright lobbyists in Hollywood and other creative industries are seeking with tech companies to find ways to curb online piracy of movies, TV shows and music. He claims some of the larger content creators are throwing around their weight when copyright infringement is suspected, resulting in “payment processors or advertisers [cutting] off a tech company…without a single legal order.” Ammori likened these new initiatives to the proposed Stop Online Privacy Act, which would have expanded the ability of law enforcement to fight online piracy — including blocking websites hosting infringing content. After unprecedented outcry against the bill, Congress postponed SOPA indefinitely.

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Google Doodle celebrates John Steinbeck's birthday

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Google is celebrating what would have been John Steinbeck’s 112th birthday by highlighting some of his most popular works in its homepage Doodle today.

Click anywhere on the drawing, and you’ll be taken to images depicting some of the Steinbeck’s most iconic books. Five in all, the set includes The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl, and Travels with Charley. (Oddly, East of Eden was left off the list.) After arriving at the image, users can then click anywhere on the picture to summon a famous quote from the story, which appears over the drawing.

Steinbeck authored 27 books over his lifetime, and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author passed away in 1968.

'Originals' fans: Join us for a live chat with Claire Holt

The CW’s Originals returns Tuesday night with a new episode, and to gear up for the fun, EW is hosting a Google+ Hangout with Claire Holt.

To take part in the fun, RSVP on our event page and then pull up a seat at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on Tuesday to enjoy the fun. Holt will be on hand to answer questions and tease all the action coming up with Rebekah and Co. Twitter-using fans can also use the hashtag #EWTalksOriginals to submit burning questions.

The Originals airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

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Google celebrates Valentine's Day with help from 'This American Life'

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Google’s Charm Offensive is strong on Anna Howard Shaw Day Valentine’s Day.

Today’s homepage Doodle (in the United States, at least) is decked out in candy hearts — you know, the kind you gave to your crush (and everyone else in the class) when you were 8.

Click on any of the hearts, and you get to hear one of six short ‘n sweet stories from real-life lovebirds describing how they fell in love. The snippets come from public radio’s This American Life. They hit a bunch of different tones, but the funny ones may be the best. Take “Crush,” for example, in which a teenage girl declares:  “This one time I sneezed … and he goes, ‘You know, you have a really cute sneeze.’ … I was all day on that sneeze comment. I must have told every one of my friends.”

Love is a battlefield. Break out some chocolates and give all the stories a listen on Google’s homepage.

Google celebrates Olympics and human rights in new homepage Doodle

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On the day of the opening ceremonies in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, Google is celebrating the Olympics — and also equality. Instead of keeping the colors in the picture in the order of the Google logo, it arranges them in rainbow order, likely a nod to the flag representing LGBTQ issues.

Below the image, the search engine highlights a quote from the Olympic charter: “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”

When clicking anywhere on the Doodle, Google takes users to the search results for “Olympic Charter.”

The first night of the Games took place last night, and, in addition to NBC showing highlights from new sports such as slopestyle and team skate, Bob Costas also discussed with viewers the many issues at play in the Sochi Olympics, including human rights problems.

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