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  • The new Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival favors intimate performances and quiet places for attendees
  • Parents can hear the bands they love without exposing their children to the desert sun and people on amphetamines
  • Michael Brown, the creative director of the festival, said he hopes that atmosphere appeals to a variety of music fans
  • The 6-year-old green home certification program of the Home Innovation Research Labs has certified its 50,000th home
  • The certification program found success with builders who viewed green homebuilding as a way to differentiate themselves
  • Along with other popular green home certifications like LEED, the program has helped to make green building more mainstream
  • In 2010, Christianity was the dominant world religion with approx 2.2B followers and Muslims were second with approx 1.6B followers
  • Demographic trends: Islam will grow faster than any other religion in next 40 years becoming equal to Christianity;
  • Religiously unaffiliated (athiests, agnostics) are expected to see the largest net gains from switching Christians, adding more than 61M followers.
  • A report by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) reviewing 22 countries showed that American millennials are lagging behind
  • U.S millennials 18 to 34 years old ranked 21st out of 22 in numeracy
  • For problem solving in technology-rich environments, 56 percent of American millennials met the minimum standards, behind every other nation
  • Technology is one of the city’s fastest-growing sectors, representing 291,000 jobs and $30B in wages annually.
  • Venture capital funding in New York grew 53% in 2014, but employers are starting to see demand may exceed supply of local qualified tech employees
  • In May 2014 Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $10M tech talentinitiative to grow New York City’s tech industry
  • Processing speed performance was faster while listening to Mozart than with the Mahler or white noise conditions
  • Episodic memory performance was better when listening to either type of music vs hearing white noise or no music
  • Semantic memory was better for both kinds of music
  • Studies show more than 2/3 women believe media sets unrealistic standards of beauty; both genders are affected by body image issues
  • French lawmakers hope the new law will protect the health of the models as well as fans who try to imitate their looks
  • Claims for unemployment benefits fell to a 15-year-low last week, signifying improving labor market in the US
  • First-time claims were down 34K from previous week to 262,000, and the lowest since April 15, 2000 when it was 259,000
  • The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.5% in March compared with 6.6% a year before and 9.9% in April 2010
  • Japanese researchers have developed a high-speed camera technology that can record at a rate of more than 1-trillion-frames-per-second
  • The technology called STAMP can capture movement at approx 28,000 miles/second
  • Currently STAMP cameras can acquire 25 sequential images; it's captured image electronic motion and lattice vibrations in a crystal of lithium niobate
  • Lynda.com started in 1995 with a book on web design and grew into a subscription-based service providing training via online videos
  • Lynda.com raised $186M in funding in Jan 2014, in addition to $103M raised in 2013
  • LinkedIn has a recent track record of making strategic acquisitions: SlideShare for $119M in 2012, Bizo for $175M and Bright for $120M in 2014
  • 3D printed fashion debuted in NYC on April 16, 2015 with a show featuring customized pieces
  • The show was sponsored by Materialise and curated by Natacha Alpert, founder of 3D printing consulting firm MIRAS3D
  • Just one gram of DNA can store the equivalent of 14,000 Blu-ray discs.
  • A synthetic "fossil shell" made from silica glass can protect the information-loaded DNA to be retrieved in tact
  • Currently the time and money it takes to sequence DNA ($12,300 per megabyte) is an obstacle
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