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  • Swiss postal service is going to attempt drone deliveries for the first time ever using Matternet, a company working on perfecting drone-based delivery systems.
  • Matternet has raised $2.2M in seed capital to use drones where needed most, like delivering medicine and supplies
  • First Matternet drone, ONE, can transport items up to 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) over 20 kilometers in one go
  • Pirate Party now has a 23.9% share of the vote, up from 12.8% in February; leading Independence Party slipped from 25.5% to 23.4%
  • In 2013, the Pirates won three parliamentary seats in Iceland’s election
  • The Party is in over 60 countries and campaigns for internet and data freedom
  • Globalized drug scene has grown complex with explosion of new synthetic drugs called "legal highs"
  • Synthetic drugs are constantly evolving to stay ahead of lawmakers, labeled as “incense”, “research chemicals” or “potpourri” and marked not for human consumption to be sold legally
  • Patent holders can tell Google about the patents they're willing to sell and the expected price through the portal
  • The Patent Purchase Promotion program will remain open from May 8 to May 22
  • Google said it will let the submitters know of its interest in buying their patents by June 26 and expects to pay the sellers by late August
  • New tools and technology (i.e. 3D printing, robotics, microprocessors, wearable computing, e-textiles, “smart” materials, programming languages) are becoming affordable education materials
  • Maker Movement uses inventing and building as tools for learning, through electronics, programming and computational mathematics
  • Christian polling firm The Barna Group recently released their 2015 State of Atheism in America report.
  • In 1993, just 16% of nonbelievers were women, but in 2013, it was 43% - a nearly threefold leap
  • In 1993, people of color made up 20% of nonbelievers; the number rose to 26% in 2013
  • Tidal has access to 25 million tracks, compared to Spotify's 30 million; also includes 75K music videos, articles, features and interviews
  • Tidal was originally launched in late 2014 and acquired in 2015 by Jay Z
  • Spotify already has 15M+ paying customers and free version; Tidal doesn't have free tier.
  • German-based Fidor Bank, the bank bringing Bitcoin and digital fintech to mainstream banking, is now operating in Great Britain
  • Fidor Bank has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a “Global Growth Company”
  • The Fidor Bank community is one of Germany's most active financial communities with more than 250,000 users, bank employees and board members
  • New tech tools can allow parents to track their physical whereabouts, monitor their driving speed, track Facebook posts, scan social networks, etc.
  • Average American family uses five Internet-enabled devices at home, including smartphones
  • Surveys have found that 2/3 of parents check their children’s digital footprints; nearly 40 percent follow them on Facebook and Twitter
  • for the first time, study quantifies how much garbage flows into the world's oceans every year.
  • In 2010, eight million tons of plastic trash ended up in the ocean from coastal countries—far more than the total that has been measured floating on the surface in the ocean's "garbage patches."
  • the tonnage is on target to increase tenfold in the next decade
  • They discovered an ice sample containing pyrimidine exposed to ultraviolet radiation under space-like conditions produces these essential ingredients of life
  • The research shows pyrimidine can survive in space, and undergo reactions that turn it into more complicated organic species, suggesting the conditions that create life on earth could be same on other planets
  • Part-time and full-time employees who have worked at a dealership for 30 days eligible to enroll in an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree program in 40 degree categories at Strayer University in Virginia.
  • The program will be introduced to 356 dealerships in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee on Monday. The company expects to roll out the program to its 2,400 dealerships nationwide later this year.
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