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  • The government says it wants to bring modern surveillance techniques within the law rather than outside control
  • A new board will oversee the intelligence services, which will have broader powers to look at classified material and handle public complaints
  • Civil liberties groups, NGOs, journalists and major internet providers worry about mass and limitless intrusion of privacy
  • University of Phoenix's enrollment numbers have dropped by nearly 50 percent in the last five years
  • 80 percent of students at for-profit colleges are the first in their family to attend college, with 51 percent of students coming from low-income families
  • Revenues are down 14 percent; last year the institution closed 115 of its physical locations and laid off 800 employees.
  • Denmark government proposed that selected retailers have the option to stop taking cash payments
  • In Denmark, all adults now hold at least one payment card; 3 out of 4 Danes used debit cards for online purchases last year
  • Awaiting approval from Parliament, this is part of economic growth measures aimed at reducing costs and increasing productivity for businesses
  • one in five Americans age 50 and older who have planned for a funeral have considered a green one, according to 2007 AARP Study
  • 43 percent of respondents would consider having an eco-friendly burial, 2008 survey by funeral industry researchers Kates-Boylston Publications
  • religious and spiritual convictions, in addition to enviromental convictions, contribute to the increase in 'Green Burials'
  • over 38,000 reservations have been received, which should take up the expected production through mid-2016
  • 2,500 companies are interested in the commercial-ready Powerpack (with orders averaging around 10 units each)
  • Musk estimates that commercial interest in Tesla Energy will account for 5-10 more megawatt hours than residential
  • New study identifies major sources of plastic debris; names top 20 countries generating the greatest amount of ocean-bound trash. China, 1st. The United States, 20th. The rest of the list includes 11 other Asian countries, Turkey, five African countries, and Brazil.
  • The United States made the top 20 despite having a highly developed collection system for two reasons: It has a large, dense coastal population; and it is a large consumer of products.
  • Global art market had an increase of 7% year on year in 2014
  • 3 biggest art markets were US (39%), China (22%) and the UK (22%)
  • 48% of all sales were Post War and Contemporary art
  • Mass-producing a traditional shoe costs several dollars; a 3-D printed shoe costs several hundred
  • 3D printed materials not as durable as traditional; lack of gel, leather and foam make them uncomfortable
  • Bendable, flexible options like NinjaFlex do exist for use in 3-D printers, but high cost of materials is a barrier
  • Named Foldscope, the microscope can be printed on to A4 paper for around 50 cents.
  • The simple tool could be a massive help in the developing world for diagnosing & treading disease.
  • Foldscope is ideal for use in K12 science education, field based citizen science and global health alike.
  • Study by GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association earlier this year shows 40% growth in the energy storge market, up to $128 million in 2014 — it also grew 40 percent last year,
  • three times as many installations are expected this year.
  • the overall market will have reached a size of $1.5 billion by 2019, according to GTM Research forecasts,
  • US science agency Noaa study: for the first time since records began, the parts per million (ppm) of CO2 in the atmosphere were over 400 globally for a month.
  • The measure is the key indicator of the amount of planet-warming gases humans are putting into the atmosphere at record rates; the current concentrations are unprecedented in millions of years.
  • The new global record comes roughly three decades after what is considered the ‘safe’ level of 350ppm was passed.
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