Lunchtime Links: May 21, 2010

The Senate approved another of President Obama’s legislative priorities with the passage of a financial regulatory reform bill. It will now need to be reconciled with a House bill passed in December, which is expected to take at least until the July 4th recess.

Not all investors are taking the Continent-wide crisis as a reason to flee Europe. Some money managers see it as a chance to go bargain hunting.

Efforts by BP to siphon oil spewing out of the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig have only proved marginally successful with the majority of the oil still gushing out into the Gulf of Mexico.

A research scientist has successfully created a cell from synthetic DNA created in a laboratory environment. The controversial work, which has undoubted ethical and theological implications, does create a synthetic being but it brings that possibility closer to reality. Craig Venter, the scientist who taken 15 years to create the artificial genome process, has founded a company with the eventual aim of creating synthetic organisms to perform specific tasks.

Shrek Forever After” opens this weekend as the latest entrant in the summer blockbuster derby.

Washington Redskins No. 1 wide receiver Santana Moss has been implicated in the growing scandal over the use of human growth hormones by NFL players.

Lance Armstrong denied and dismissed allegations by Floyd Landis that he has doped during his record-setting cycling career. Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for using banned substances.

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