The ability to add Unicode characters by name in emacs is fantastic. I wish I could use it every place I do text entry. But then again I can solve that problem by using emacs for everything!
emacs 24 Unicode 6 Support

Unicode 6 is now supported. For example, call ucs-insert 【Ctrl+x 8 Enter】 then “GRINNING CAT FACE WITH SMILING EYES”, then you get this char 😸.

see also
〈Unicode 6 Emoticons〉

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〈New Features in Emacs 24〉
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