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News Roundup: December 27, 2013

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Science and Technology
Amy Laufer of Anchorage and Rebecca Himschoot of Sitka were named this year’s winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
A tech analyst has predicted that by 2017, smartphones will have saturated the U.S. market, and two-thirds of all Americans will be using iPhones.
Alaska has unusually high numbers of deformed frogs, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Social Studies
Supporters of a ballot initiative seeking to legalize marijuana in Alaska say that they have far more than the required number of signatures to put the question to voters in August.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that Ally Bank, which is closely tied to General Motors, will be fined $98 million dollars for charging higher interest rates to Asian, Black, and Hispanic customers than their white counterparts.
Phoenix, Arizona found housing for every one of the city’s 222 homeless veterans.
Don Young is trying to help address food insecurity by making it easier to donate wild game to people in need.
Over 1,000 people jumped into Goose Lake’s 34-degree water on Saturday, raising over $400,000 for Special Olympics Alaska. 
Art
A German artist has created an 8-volume work from 4.7 million passwords leaked from a LinkedIn hack in 2012. It will be accessible to visitors at Munich’s “Unpainted” media art fair in March.
A group of “self-described anarchists, libertarians, and Ron Paul supporters” is trying to create a libertarian enclave in Chile, inspired by the dystopian society in Ayn Rand’s book “Atlas Shrugged” and using Bitcoin as its only currency.
Alaska Representative Bob Lynn was mocked for railing against “ATHEISTIC ZEALOTRY” in a blog post on Facebook.
In the latest volley of the War on Christmas, a [fictional] U.K. supermarket worker refused to sell pasta products to customers, based on his deeply held beliefs in the teachings of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.