The Daily Need

Wednesday morning roundup

Culture:

Image: www.planetmichael.com

Online developer Virtual Worlds has teamed up with Michael Jackson’s estate to create a new online gaming experience called “Planet Michael.” Creators describe the game as “a virtual world devoted to Jackson’s life, music and concerns,” where online users can interact with each other via social network.


Security:

Touted as a “cyber super weapon,” Stuxnet may already be causing damage in the real world. The cyberworm acts like a computer virus that gets inside complex control systems and computers and causes havoc. Some experts believe that Stuxnet has already targeted Iran’s nuclear power plant.

Environment:

Ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry has launched new packaging for it’s famous “Phish Food” flavor in protest of the FDA’s plans to approve genetically-engineered salmon. The salmon, engineered by AquaBounty, grows at twice the speed of it’s organic counterpart and would be the first genetically altered food product sold in the U.S.

Economy:

Gold hit a record high today in response to indications from the Federal Reserve that it may further loosen monetary policy. As the metal soared to over $1,290 an ounce, the U.S. two-year Treasury note fell to a record low. Also, Larry Summers is out at the White House.

Health:

Marking the six-month anniversary of the historic legislation getting passed, President Obama is again touting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. The highly controversial policy has been mostly a liability to Democrats up for election this fall.

 
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