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Weighing in on women's issues, and more

When the media covers women’s issues, men do most of the talking.

Weighing in on women's issuesWhen the media covers women’s issues, men do most of the talking. Among 35 national newspapers and magazines, men had 81 percent of the quotes in stories about abortion, while women had 12 percent, according to the research group 4th Estate. In stories about birth control, 75 percent of the quotes were from men, with women getting 19 percent.TheDailyBeast.com

Benefiting from Romney's tax planIf Mitt Romney wins the presidential election and enacts his own tax proposal, he’ll pay half what he would under President Obama’s tax plan—saving almost $5 million a year. Losing the election would provide a windfall for Obama, as his own tax bill would fall by $90,000 under President Romney.Associated Press

What the presidential candidates have in commonRomney and Obama do have a few things in common: They’re both “analytical introverts” in a business of extroverts, they’re both Harvard grads who pushed health-care reform, and they’ve both confessed to being big Star Trek fans.The New York Times

The Top 40 gets the bluesAn analysis of Top 40 hits over the last 50 years has found that peppy, upbeat songs have dwindled, while most pop songs have become slower and sadder, with negative lyrics. The percentage of songs written in a minor key—which most listeners find gloomy—has doubled since the 1960s.Pacific Standard

U.S. vulnerable to cyberattacksU.S. industry is highly vulnerable to the kind of cyberattack that disabled Iranian nuclear fuel centrifuges. A data security firm recently tested seven control systems of the sort used in power plants, water plants, and industrial-control systems, and was easily able to hack into six of them.The Washington Post

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