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  • Startup Affetiva has produced face-reading software that relies on Facial Action Coding System to read your emotions in real time
  • Affectiva has invited developers to experiment with a 45-day free test and then license its tools
  • The software has logged 11 billion data points in its algorithm, taken from 2.8 million faces in 75 countries
  • Metal wires or silicon electrodes conventionally used to study neurons have advanced to a probe that carries light wile collecting and transmitting electricity
  • The probe's multifunctional fibers offer new ways to study animal behavior, which can aid development of new types of medical technology for conditions like paralysis
  • New research is showing that changing bacteria in the gut can change behavior
  • Around 90 percent of our cells are actually bacterial, and bacterial genes outnumber human genes by a factor of 99 to 1
  • 2013 study showed that healthy women who consumed probiotics twice daily had significantly altered brain functioning
  • Watson technology will tap vast stores of health data and deliver tailored insights to hospitals, physicians, insurers, researchers.
  • The initial three industry partners are Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic.
  • IBM also announced it would buy two start-ups: Explorys, with data on 50 million patients. Phytel, maker of patient care management software.
  • Electric power consumption in the US was 13,395kWh per capita in 2010; by contrast, in China and India it was just 2,944kWh and 626kWh per capita respectively
  • While growing middle class adds increased energy consumption, it also adds brainpower for more efficient energy solutions
  • Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley have created a hybrid system of bacteria and semiconducting nanowires that mimics photosynthesis.
  • This versatile, high-yield system can take water, sunlight and carbon dioxide and turn them into the building blocks of biodegradable plastics, pharmaceutical drugs and biofuel.
  • Madison, WI banned discrimination against the non-religious on 1 April in the the first statute of its kind in the US
  • This protects non-believers from discrimination in the areas of housing, employment and services
  • Madison, is a conservative-leaning state and home of the Freedom from Religion Foundation
  • 8th edition of GARAGE magazine features 5 currently most sought-after models in 5 different covers
  • When covers are scanned using the GARAGE app, the faces of the models will transform into a virtual 3D design
  • British readers spent £4million on audiobooks in 2010. Last year: £10million, a 25 per cent rise from the amount invested in the genre in 2013.
  • the rise of mobile devices and tablets has led to ever-increasing downloads
  • the popularity of audiobooks is reflected, and in part caused, by the high-profile actors signing up to narrate.
  • In Brownsville, Brooklyn, one of NYC's poorest neighborhoods, 7 public charter schools are incorporating art into curriculum
  • While the schools monitored students' readiness for state exams, they refused to cut their art curriculum in favor of test prep
  • Last year, the schools outperformed other public schools in their neighborhoods
  • 5 homes sold for more than $100 million last year, with at least 20 more on the market with nine-figure asking prices
  • Demand is growing among affluent Americans and Europeans; billionaires from unstable economies, such as Russia and Middle Eastern countries; and buyers from mainland China, who were barred from investing overseas before 2012
  • Based on polling, Latinos are significantly to the left of non-Hispanic whites on virtually every issue of policy
  • An April 2012 survey found that 75% of Latinos preferred a “bigger government” that provides more services versus 19% who favor a “smaller” one
  • 75% of illegal immigrants in the country also believe that government is the source of prosperity
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