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  • Another avenue for human evolution is harnassing the brain's innate capabilities for novel functions, called "nature harnassing" or "neuronal recycling"
  • To get a human brain to do a task it's not evolved to do, the neuronal recycling strategy is to twist the task into something the brain already knows how to do
  • Recent study found that social networking site Facebook was considered the "most dangerous" place for ruining relationships
  • Nearly 25% of married couples said they "had at least one argument a week" because of social media use; Nearly 17 % said they fight daily over something they find online about their partner
  • In a study of 22 sex-ed programs, 80% that included lessons on gender and power roles saw significant decreases in pregnancy or STIs
  • Women who report having less power in their relationships have higher rates of HIV infection and other STIs
  • Only 13 states have laws requiring that sex education be medically accurate
  • Publication of the first paper to describe efforts to modify embryos.
  • At least one group in the US and four in China are aiming to edit human embryos: this will be the first of many studies.
  • In April 2014, Haryana, India, relaxed its ban on inter-caste marriage, making it easier for villagers to marry among neighbors
  • The cause was due to declining male-female sex ratios in the state due to sex selections at birth
  • Imbalance of genders fuels violent crime rates, theft, abduction of women for sale as brides and prostitution
  • Every new commercial building in France must meet a new building requirement; the roof must be at least partially covered in either solar panels or plants
  • Green roofs have many benefits including an isolating effect that helps reduce the energy needed for summer heating and winter cooling
  • The law on intelligence-gathering, adopted by 438 votes to 86, was drafted after three days of attacks in Paris in January, in which 17 people died.
  • The Socialist government says the law is needed to take account of changes in communications technology.
  • But critics say it is a dangerous extension of mass surveillance. They argue that it gives too much power to the state and threatens the independence of the digital economy.
  • $4.5 million North Carolina-produced HondaJet will compete in the very light jet segment of the market
  • The jet design was inspired by designer footware because it represents beauty, comfort, and functionality
  • Now on sale in the US and Europe, Honda already has 100 orders for the jet
  • For the first time, Amazon shared financial details of its cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services; The unit's operating income grew 8 percent to $265 million.
  • Amazon shares rose $26.01 to $416.
  • Chief Executive Jeff Bezos shared in a written document that Amazon Web Services is a $5 billion business and its growth is accelerating.
  • When the NSA stores citizens’ data, there's concern about what might happen to the data but also how our autonomy is being diminished
  • The systematic, unknown invasions of privacy treat the citizenry as a whole
  • By invading our privacy without our knowledge, governments are making certain invisible decisions for the population
  • Women receive half the MFAs granted in the U.S., but female artists account for only 25% of solo exhibitions in New York galleries.
  • According to a 2011 study, just 8.5% of Wikipedia editors are women
  • Art+Feminism hosted 56 edit-a-thons in March to improve female representation among editors & increase exposure about female artists
  • 4D printing is 3D printed materials that morph into new structures, post production, under the influence of external stimuli such as water or heat
  • these new materials are able to transform themselves from one shape into another, much like a child's Transformer toy.
  • This ground-breaking science promises advancement in myriad fields - medicine, construction, automation and robotics to name a few.
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