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After months of hype over the Netflix Full House reboot, we finally scored a sneak peek of the series (sadly sans Olsen twins) and 24 hours later, we're still watching it. For more of the biggest news—but none of the cheesy '90s references—keep reading. 
Meet today's Clover, @sophielovexo_: The YouTuber, who describes her life as one big blooper reel (um same), lives for music, wifi, and Chipotle (see previous parenthesis).
Trump and Sanders Win New Hampshire Primary, Remain Chill
While news outlets all over the country were frantically tracking the results of last night's New Hampshire primary, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump didn't even flinch as they clocked in their impressive victories. New Hampshire might seem random, but it's actually really important—this tiny state has had bragging rights as first in the nation for primary voting since 1920. Although it has a spotty history in predicting the parties' next nominees, the N.H. primary does give winners welcome early momentum (which comes in handy when campaigning for their nom in later states). Last night's outcome wasn't a huge surprise, though Hill's turtleneck was. Democratic dark horse Sanders is from neighboring Vermont and has long been considered their fave, while Trump's been leading in the state's polls for months—but it reconfirmed that these two former long shots are now legit forces to be reckoned with.
Doctor's Visits Will Soon Come with Depression Screenings
Depression is the most common mental illness in American teens (and in adults too, btw), but it’s usually one of those things that's glossed over at your annual doctor’s visit—mostly because the issue isn’t as easily identifiable as something like a broken arm or chronic migraines. That’s all about to change, since experts are now recommending that everyone between the ages of 12 to 18 get screened for depression during routine check-ups, regardless of whether they’re feeling down in the dumps or not. This might sound like overkill—going to the doctor is bad enough!—but given the fact that suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, consider this a wakeup call to diagnose symptoms ASAP. The silver lining: Most forms of depression can be successfully treated with a combination of therapy and medication, so these early screenings could have a major payoff.
Everyone's Freaking out about the SAT's Wordy Redesign
The SAT is already one of the most stressful parts of high school, and now the College Board’s about to make the experience even more miserable. The college admissions test has undergone its biggest redesign in more than a decade, which means students will have to entirely change the way they study for the exam. The new version now includes longer and more complicated reading passages, as well as wordier math problems (ugh). Even though SAT officials claim that there's actually fewer words this time—3,250 on the new test vs. 3,300 on the old one—expect denser narratives instead of short, digestible problems. Predictably, both students and teachers are worried, particularly about those for whom English isn’t their first language. Better enroll in prep classes now, because the new SAT makes its debut in March.
Turns Out Teens Aren't Junk Food-Obsessed Big Mac Addicts
To all the haters saying the teenage diet consists mainly of junk food and soda: Slow your roll. Despite claims that childhood obesity numbers are high, and that health issues like diabetes are on the rise, a new study indicates that teens are actually eating quite well, thankyouverymuch. Researchers for Pediatrics magazine studied 5,000 young people for symptoms of metabolic syndrome—a condition that increases risk of heart disease and includes obesity, high blood sugar, and more—and found that the overall severity had declined from 1999 to 2012. Experts credit the government’s new healthy eating campaign (which apparently wasn't a thing in the past) for the surprising results. But if you ask us, everyone deserves a pat on the back...or, let's be real, a cookie.
Not Even Puppies Are Safe from the Flint Water Crisis
On the (very, very fancy) heels of her Formation World Tour announcement, Lord Savior Beyonce has gifted us with even more goodwill. As part of her #BeyGOOD initiative, she’s starting a fund to benefit children impacted by the contaminated water crisis in Michigan. But this is a problem Queen B can’t fix on her own. Two local dogs have just tested positive for lead poisoning, which can be fatal for animals. Considering nearly 8,000 Flint children have been exposed to the toxic waste, it’s not exactly surprising that pets are being affected too, but it's still pretty heartbreaking. Worse yet, The New York Times wants to remind us that unsafe lead levels in tap water aren't limited to Flint city limits. It can happen anywhere. According to experts, you’re probably OK—but at the moment, "probably" isn’t super reassuring. At least we have Bey?
There's a much smarter way to spend Valentine's Day than crying over The Notebook. (Again.)
By Casey Lewis
Five years ago, coding was the kind of thing you only saw in dude-driven hacker films. But these days, it's pretty much the coolest language you can learn (apologies to my high school Spanish teacher). Understanding HTML and CSS and other complicated acronyms that might inspire an initial WTF? is more than just a gold star on your resume; it also allows you to build actually-cool stuff, no toolbox required.

Today, Google's girl-centric tech initiative Made with Code is launching a rad new project called Coded with Love. The pop-up site lets you make your own animated heart—basically your dream emoji, come to life—and then share it with your friends. It's like a homemade Valentine, but better, because you don't have to deal with paper cuts, Elmer’s glue, or wayward glitter. (My desk is still covered in glitter fabric paint from V-day a few years ago; the residual mess lasted much longer than any boyfriend ever has.)

Coded with Love has already gotten the cosign from four coders we love: Qiqi Ren, Jenny Huang, Sloane Sambuco, and Moe Sunami. The teen tech geniuses, who met at Phillips Academy Andover, decided to make an app that helps share anonymous positivity in schools (a place that, like the internet as a whole, is often burdened with too many bad vibes). "When we surveyed our school, only 11% of responders said that they think we live in a 'very kind community.' This troubling disconnect between peers is what prompted us to create PraisePop," said 18-year-old Sambuco. "We believe that an interface dedicated to spreading positivity and making people smile is integral to the well-being and happiness of communities."

Coding, whether it's making your own animated heart or an entire app, has the power to spark big-time change. So don't let the hard work—or the boys—hold you back. "Questioning whether I belonged in an environment of devising algorithms, writing iterative for-loops, and googling compiler error messages with the males troubled me for years. I want young girls interested in pursuing technology to never second-guess their passion," said Sambuco. Seventeen-year-old Huang backed her up. "If you take the time to realize, 'Wow, I am awesome!,' then it shouldn’t matter how others perceive you. When someone doesn’t take you seriously as a teen girl, show them your strengths and prove them wrong." 

After all, why break hearts when you can code them?
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@isazirbes: This teen appears to spend every waking hour beachside, and her stellar surf hair will have you reaching for sea salt spray.
@sophinathediva: This UCLA gymnast's floor routine went viral, drawing comparisons to Beyoncé's halftime performance. 
@vacillavi: She loves plants and greenhouses and the great outdoors. We love her.
@authorbethreekles: She’s a 20-year-old student at Exeter University (studying physics, nbd) who just so happens to have a debut YA novel coming out next year. 
@byobaeofficial: We like Alex for a billion reasons, but most of all, because bring-your-own bae is our new life motto.

Liza is making cookie cake—because a giant chocolate chip cookie should be for everyday, not just birthdays. Casey is unfollowing Kanye.
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