Trending In Our News Feeds – North Korea tensions escalate. Kim Jong-Un ordered North Korean military leaders to prepare rockets for a strike on the U.S. following a mock bombing exercise by the American military. Senior Pentagon officials ordered the bombing exercise as a show of force to North Korea and a sign of support to South Korea and Japan.
EPA introduces clean gas regulations. The EPA is set to introduce new gas and car regulations that could amount to Obama’s most significant air pollution initiative. The regulations aim to cut the amount of sulfur in gas by two-thirds, and will impose pollution limits on all cars released after 2017. The catch: There is significant debate over the cost of the new proposals. The White House claims gas prices will rise by a penny, while industry officials argue prices could go up by nine cents.
UN approves intervention force in Congo. For the first time, the UN Security Council has authorized the creation of an armed “intervention brigade” within one of its peacekeeping forces. The UN Security Council unanimously voted to allow armed intervention in the ethnic violence in Congo that traces its roots back to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
Scientists make major breakthrough in early cancer detection. Scientists with the Collaborative Oncological Gene-environment Study have discovered 74 new regions of DNA that are associated with breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer, nearly doubling the number of known markers. The new markers will help with the early cancer detection and treatment.
Study finds slackers are happier. The consulting firm Leadership IQ discovered that low-performing employees are the happiest workers at 42% of companies, based on a study that analyzed data from 207 corporations. The study concluded that high-performing workers are often more stressed than their peers because their bosses ask more of them.
Scientists create a computer transistor from DNA. Researchers at the Endy Laboratory have successfully created a transistor – the basic component of a computer – using genetic material. The discovery raises the possibility of living computers in the not-so-distant future that could be inserted into living things in order to detect illnesses and destroy cancerous cells.
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Must Reads From PolicyMic – Why You're Afraid Of Young Black Men (Zak Cheney-Rice) – George Zimmerman's brother Robert has come under fire for his controversial and racist tweets about Trayvon Martin. But his words also reflect sentiments widely held throughout American society.
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10 Ways to Celebrate Passover As a Broke, Unemployed College Student (Alex Goldberg) – This is how to celebrate the traditional Jewish holiday when you have no money and all your friends are drunk.
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What We’re Sharing – Should the White House enforce a law it considers unconstitutional? Obama’s tricky DOMA balancing act (NY Times).
Gun violence doesn’t just take lives, it hits our wallets hard, too (Huffington Post).
Hat tip: Delia Paunescu
So much for your college degree: Why a BA is a ticket to a job in a coffee shop (Daily Beast).
New colleges shouldn’t bother wooing Nobel laureates, all you need is a great basketball team (Bloomberg).
Say it ain’t so! How climate change could eventually end coffee (US News)
Hat tip: Dave Pell
Meet the man who sold himself to investors, for $1 a share (Wired).
As long as this factory stays open, war with North Korea is unlikely (Quartz).
Hat tip: Gideon Lichfield
Watch Vampire Weekend perform 3 tracks from their upcoming album (Pitchfork).
Take a trip to the 33 most beautiful abandoned places in the world (BuzzFeed).
Dessert – Ahead of Easter, 15 Oscar-winning movies in marshmallow.
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