Trending In Our News Feeds – SCOTUS issues mixed ruling on gene patents. The Supreme Court decided yesterday that companies cannot patent naturally occurring genes but can own the rights to lab-created versions, in the case of Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics. Myriad wanted the exclusive right to research two genes it discovered that are linked to breast and ovarian cancer. Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy earlier this year after discovering she had a mutation of one of the genes. Both sides in the case claimed victory after the decision. “Because of this ruling, patients will have greater access to genetic testing and scientists can engage in research on these genes without fear of being sued,” said Sandra Park, a lawyer with the ACLU. Myriad stock rose as much as 12.8% before falling later in the day.
Iran to pick new president. Iranian voters will choose among six candidates today to replace President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. An Iranian professor says young voters are fired up over moderate candidate Hassan Rouhani, but he worries few voters will turn out after massive irregularities in the 2009 elections. A businessman who has been tracking the Twitter buzz surrounding the candidates confirms Rouhani’s popularity; he outstrips other candidates with 45,825 “units of attention.” Unfortunately, it looks like these elections won’t be free from political scandal: Google reports tens of thousands of Gmail accounts have been hacked in a “politically motivated” scheme. Al Jazeera has an excellent infographic telling you everything you need to know about the elections.
U.S. to provide military aid to Syrian rebels. President Obama yesterday authorized direct military support to Syrian rebels in response to intelligence reports stating the Syrian government has used chemical weapons. While the White House did not say what form the aid will take, the Washington Post reports Obama will most likely send weapons and ammunition to rebels. He has ruled out sending ground troops. The UN said yesterday the violence in Syria has killed almost 93,000.
Turkey protesters reach agreement with government. Turkish protesters announced early this morning they had reached an agreement with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan following talks that lasted deep into the night. The protesters say Erdogan has agreed to postpone the development of Gezi Park until a court can rule on the project. If the court decides in favor of the government, the public will then vote on the measure. “Tomorrow, we are going to discuss all of this with the people in Gezi Park and hear their say. We are not in a position to impose anything on them, but we’ve reached our goal here,” said a protest leader.
‘Man of Steel’ nets mixed reviews. The latest installment in the Superman franchise lands in theaters today, but the reviews for the film are already in. Rolling Stone says the acting saves the movie, while Richard Roeper does a major facepalm over director Zack Snyder’s decision to explore the origins of the man of steel, again. Forbes says the film is expected to take in $115 million this weekend, reviews be damned.
Must Reads From PolicyMic – Americans Spend More On Super Bowl Snacks Than On Global Family Planning (Elizabeth Plank, @feministabulous) – More than 222 million women need access to contraception right now. Why isn’t the U.S. pitching in?
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8 Bands From the ’90s We Wish Would Get Back Together (Hannah Loewentheil) – Let’s face it, nothing beats our favorite ’90s bands. Here are eight bands we would do anything to see reunite.
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5 Reasons We Need a Millennial Senator (Molly Spaeth, @mspaeth) – Lifting the age requirement for public service would change the world for the better. It’s about time American voters elected a millennial senator.
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Economists Support a Minimum Wage Increase, and So Should You (Sean McElwee, @SeanMcElwee) – A Massachusetts bill proposes raising the minimum wage to $11 by 2015. This is why it’s good economics.
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I Want to Watch Mind-Numbing TV With You (Spencer Lenfield) – True Blood and Game of Thrones are the last vestiges of mindless fun on cable. Sometimes it’s good for shows to be bad.
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What We’re Sharing – Using metadata to find Paul Revere: an awesome look at the power of NSA surveillance (Kieran Healy).
– 3 reasons the “nothing to hide” crowd should care about PRISM (Reason).
– And this is what Americans think of the government’s surveillance programs (Gallup).
– Are unpaid internships illegal? (Washington Post).
– Why it pays to be ambivalent (Slate).
– The art of the brick: a new exhibit showcases Lego art (NY Times).
– This hilarious Cheerios spoof sticks it to the haters (HuffPo).
Dessert – Check out these 5 crazy ambitious science projects.
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