1. Most millennials would take a pay cut in exchange for retirement benefits: It’s a jump from the last time this question was asked: 60 percent of millennials, as opposed to 40 percent in 2009, would trade some of their current pay for a more secure retirement. That clearly ties in to the 76 percent of Americans who believe their generation will be worse off than the one before them.
2. This “megastructure star” is losing its shine, and some scientists are wondering if aliens are to blame: It’s not a widely held theory (yet, at least), but the persistent dimming of KIC 8462852 is so confusing that some scientists have floated the theory that alien life is somehow behind it. Other theories include planets or dust clouds floating in front of the star, but that doesn’t fully explain it.
3. The Backstreet Boys have, at long last, admitted that this song makes no sense: When they saw the lyrics to “I Want It That Way,” written by Max Martin, the boys didn’t really know what the song was getting at, but they were fine with it. And after recording an alternate version at the behest of label execs, they went with the original version, which turned out just fine: we may not know what “way” they wanted it, but the song was a hit all the same.
4. Yahoo has been secretly monitoring every customer’s email account on behalf of either the NSA or the FBI: In what could be an even more widespread surveillance operation than the NSA programs Edward Snowden revealed in 2013, Yahoo agreed to look at all of its customers’ accounts for specific information (possibly a word or phrase) for US intelligence. It’s unknown so far how many other email providers may have received or complied with a similar request.
5. Oklahoma’s Supreme Court has overturned a law that would have restricted abortions: The wide-ranging law would have permitted unannounced searches of abortion providers and allowed felony charges to be brought against providers in 140 different situations. It was that broad scope that led the court to rule against it, on the grounds that bills in Oklahoma need to address one subject only.
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