Trending In Our News Feeds – Landmark gay marriage case heads to court. Today, the Supreme Court begins hearing Hollingsworth v. Perry, a case that could make gay marriage legal across the U.S. The case will determine whether California’s ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, is legal. The justices will hear one hour of opening arguments by two legal heavyweights today, but will probably not release a verdict until June. The New York Times lays out the possible outcomes of the two cases the Court hears this week.
How it’s playing on PolicyMic: NFL Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe argues that discrimination against gay Americans could tear the U.S. apart, and Columbia University wrestling coach Hudson Taylor provides four simple reasons why everyone should support gay marriage. Tanya Washington, a prominent lawyer who filed a “Friend of the Court” brief against Prop 8, explains the difference between the two cases, and why millennials are more likely to support gay marriage than their parents.
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Yahoo pays $30 million to look cool again. The Internet giant is paying big to buy out Summly, a news-condensing app created by 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio. Yahoo will shut down Summly and bring D’Aloisio on staff to integrate the features of his app into existing Yahoo products. Wired argues that Yahoo has little to gain from the deal in terms of technology. In reality, the deal is a calculated move to make Yahoo look cool.
Bill Gates wants to revolutionize the condom. Start brainstorming! You have until May 7 to submit an application to win $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – all you have to do is find a way to make condoms more fun to use. The competition is one of Bill Gates’ Grand Exploration Challenges, which reward applicants for creating quirky solutions to social problems. Gates hopes his challenge will lower STD rates around the world by making condom use more widespread.
Harvard breaks into online education. Harvard sent an appeal to alumni on Monday to serve as discussion group leaders for the university’s first free, online humanities class. Over 27,000 students have enrolled in the class, “The Ancient Greek Hero.” Professor Gregory Nagy said, “I’m 70, and frankly, at my age, to reach more students in one course than I have in decades is astonishing, and I love it.”
In other Harvard news, The Washington Post profiles the changing attitude towards entrepreneurship at the nation’s most prestigious college. Ever since Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook in his Harvard dorm room, the school has become a hotbed for tech innovation. Now, Harvard is home to Tivli, a free service that allows students to stream cable TV shows on their laptops.
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Must Reads From PolicyMic – The New York Times Asks "Do Women Have What It Takes to Lead?" – Uh, Yes(Elizabeth Plank, @feministabulous) – In its “Room for Debate” column, the Times asks, “Do Women Have What It Takes to Lead?” But, when the Times is run by a woman, is this really worth debating?
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Weighing the Pros and Cons: Which 2013 Budget Proposal is Best For America?(John Giokaris, @JohnGiokaris)– Paul Ryan’s budget proposes bold reforms for spending, entitlements and taxes while Patty Murray’s budget barely trims any spending, choosing instead to focus on closing tax loopholes.
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How the NYPD is Using Your Facebook and Instagram to Fight Crime(Gabriel Rodriguez) – The NYPD is using Facebook and Instagram photos to track down criminals. Prepare for the next step in the evolution of the surveillance state.
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What Classic Novels Teach Millennials About the Quarter-Life Crisis(Spencer Lenfield)–More than poetry, more than song, even more than film, the novel is the medium that seriously engages the problems of being young.
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7 Crucial Lessons Movies Teach Us About Getting Into College – (Dustin Riedesel, @DustinRiedesel) – Few experiences are as hotly desired as opening an acceptance letter to your first-choice college. Here are seven lessons you can takeaway from movies on how to achieve that goal.
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What We’re Sharing – Paul Ryan’s $5.7 trillion magic trick. The math in Ryan’s new budget just doesn’t add up (Atlantic).
Senator Portman’s son writes about coming out, and why it took his dad so long to support gay marriage (Yale Daily News).
Getting the most out of your college degree: Experts debate how to get the most bang for your buck during your stay in the ivory tower (NY Times)
What extremely successful people were doing when they were 25 (Yahoo).
Hat tip: Adam Hudson
The more time you spend on your phone, the less time you spend developing the health benefits of socializing (NY Times).
Becoming the all-terrain human. Kilian Jornet Burgada is the most dominant endurance athlete in the history of sports (NY Times).
The world’s 30 richest cities, mapped for your viewing pleasure (Atlantic Cities).
Dessert – Think twice before you complain about having to play out of a sand trap – this professional golfer had to hit a shot out of a tree.