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  • NASA has used a 3-D printer in space for the first time, successfully printing a 3-D object
  • The printer manufactured a functional addition to its own machinery, a faceplate featuring the NASA and Made In Space logos
  • Other 3-D printing firsts achieved in 2014 include the first concert played on 3-D printed instruments
  • Social media--with consensus via hashtags, connections via followers and easy distribution-- allows for quicker mobilization of protesters
  • Public can be alerted to a chronic problem that would otherwise be silent or invisible
  • Proponents criticize mainstream media for devoting too much airtime to violence among protestors
  • Survey of American workers found that 82% of the respondents age 60+ either are, or expect to, keep working past the age of 65.
  • Among all workers, regardless of age, 20% expect to keep on working as long as possible in their current job or a similar one.
  • Researchers at University of Maryland have created series of drones named Raven that flaps its wings to fly
  • The ornithopter also has propellers to make tight turns and travel fast
  • A winged drone that could look discreetly like a bird might find its way into military service
  • Runners over 40 now represent more than 50% of male finishers and 40% of female finishers
  • 1/3 of Americans 65+ are considered physically active, compared to 80% of the general population
  • Research has shown that exercise can help maintain physical fitness that may otherwise be lost over time
  • Teachers' unions have frequently complained that excessive workload is a major problem, need help automating some routine activities like marking
  • Experiments have been made with outsourcing the marking of vocational qualifications, using a computer system in UK, checked by staff in India
  • New Rubik's Cube world record of 5.25 seconds set by reigning US Rubik's Cube Champion, American teenager Collin Burns
  • 5.25 seconds is faster than the 2003 record of 17.02 seconds; still slow in robotic terms.
  • CubeStormer III robot solved a 3x3x4 Rubik's Cube in 3.253 seconds in 2014
  • Increased use of Geo services are largely due to Google’s efforts to popularize map apps
  • According to Oxera report, the use of the tools in routing and logistics alone is worth $22 Billion in fuel costs and time saved
  • Investments in data collection, open data policies, and the need for greater education are noted as major drivers for continued growth
  • Startup "Eyenetra" makes smartphone-assisted gadget that can determine glasses prescriptions, with help from a remote optometrist.
  • the service, called Blink will bring an eye exam to your home or office for $75, administered by a technician who uses three handheld devices instead of the bulky, traditional machinery typically utilized by optometrists.
  • Canva has grown to 2.3 million users over the course of the past 20 months, with 1 new design per second
  • Canva is capitalizing on people’s interest in learning graphic design skills
  • 40% of Fortune 500 companies have already been using Canva for their business documents
  • PEW researchers predict that by 2050, the trend will shift to 1 in 4 Americans
  • As religion developed, it was highly dependent on the information that their followers had access to
  • As more information is shared through technology, people have a better understanding of their religions as well as exposing falsehoods
  • App guides you through healthy recipes using scale's accurate measurements
  • Uses NFC and special smart adapters to connect to Vitamix blenders and Crock-Pot branded slow cookers
  • Also connects to fitness trackers like the Jawbone UP; services like the Apple Health.
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