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5 Key Things You Might Have Missed This Week
April 13, 2013
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Marriage Equality - It's on track to become law in France by the summer. The French senate, led by President Francois Hollande's party - has voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

The bill passed despite some loud and angry protests, mostly from conservatives and devout Catholics.

France's justice minister, one of the bill's biggest supporters, said it's time to recognize that many children already live with same-sex parents and deserve the same rights as children of heterosexual parents.

"These are children that scrape their knees, eat too much candy, don't like broccoli, drive you crazy... we protect them," Christine Taubira said after the vote.

Light Up Your Life - A new LED lamp, that's being described as the "most energy-efficient" in the world could be on the market by 2015.

5-key-things-you-might-have-missed-this-week-feature3.jpg The lamp, developed by Philips, is said to be twice as efficient as lights currently being used in offices and factories around the world, but gives off the same amount of light.

Philips says the lamp is designed to replace the fluorescent lighting used in offices, but the long term plan is to have it used in homes - which save a lot of energy and money worldwide.

Uncivil War - In a new report, Human Rights Watch accused Syria's air force of repeatedly carrying out indiscriminate and at times deliberate attacks on civilians.

5-key-things-you-might-have-missed-this-week-feature2.jpg The report, entitled 'Death from the Skies' is based on more than 140 interviews with witnesses and victims.

Human Rights Watch says "in village after village, we found a civilian population terrified by their country's own air force".

It says those who commit such attacks are responsible for war crimes.


Expensive Letter - A handwritten note announcing the discovery of DNA has become the world's most expensive letter.

5-key-things-you-might-have-missed-this-week-feature4.jpg The letter was written by British scientist Francis Crick to his 12-year-old son Michael and sold at a New York auction for $5.3 million.

In the letter dated 19 March 1953, Crick writes "we think we have found the basic copying mechanism by which life comes from life."

It includes a sketch, under which Crick writes: 'the model looks much nicer than this.' Crick won a Nobel Prize for his work, which revolutionized our understanding of genetics and transformed police work.

This letter knocked off the previous record holder - a letter by Abraham Lincoln that sold in 2008 for $3.4 million.

Mo Money, No Problems - A Toronto woman, who won the lottery, had the time of her life when she was presented with her winnings.

At first, Maria Carreiro thought she'd won $40,000 dollars, only to find out she'd won more after she got home from the store.

Her daughter checked the ticket online and it turns out Maria actually won $40 million. If you haven't seen this clip, it's awesome.

Maria says she plans to spend some of the money on a dream Hawaiian honeymoon - after 30 years of marriage.

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