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  • First map for the California Department of Water Resources with data collected by the European Sentinel-1 satellite complete.
  • This map is part of a larger project to use NASA expertise to study —and try to help combat—California’s drought.
  • Inflation measures rose to a peak level in May from December 2014 for US and Europe
  • The Fed and European Central Bank are assuring that the economy and the interest rates are on a normal path
  • The Fed planned to raise the interest rates for the first time since 2006 but has delayed due to low inflation levels
  • Outlines process by which personalities could be downloaded from the cloud
  • Personalities would include states or moods representing transitory conditions of emotions
  • technological singularity – the point at which artificial intelligence exceeds man's intellectual capacity and produces a runaway effect – is something that Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk have all expressed concern over.
  • On average, a Muslim woman bears 3.1 children compared to global average of 2.5 children/woman. With Hindus, it's lower: 2.4 children/woman.
  • In 2010, 34% and 30% of the Muslim and Hindu populations worldwide, respectively, were aged 15 or younger
  • Islam is expected to grow at a rate of 73% from 2010-2050
  • A lethal variant of dengue fever called DHF emerged in 1950s, and cases are now 50x more frequent than 1960s
  • Key West government proposed to FDA introducing genetically modified mosquitoes to wipe out dengue-carrying mosquitoes
  • Dengue currently infects an estimated 390M people each year and drains an estimated $40B from the world economy
  • According to WHO statistics, obesity has more than doubled since 1980, with up to 600 million adults affected in 2014; more than 1.9 billion people, 39 percent of all adults in the world, were overweight.
  • Obesity rates are predicted to rise sharply
  • Among children younger than five, 42 million were overweight or obese in 2013
  • support for gay marriage reached a new high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll
  • with 61 percent of Americans – more than six in 10 for the first time – saying gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry legally.
  • as recently as June 2006, just 36 percent of Americans said it should be legal for gays and lesbians to marry.
  • Paul Gauguin's 1892 oil painting was formerly owned by retired Sotheby exec Rudolf Staechelin, on loan to Kuntsmuseum Basel
  • Rumored buyer was Qatar, a tiny, oil-rich emirate
  • In recent years the Qatar royal family have been buyers of trophy quality Western modern and contemporary art
  • TomTom location accuracy and speed meets the safety requirements for computer assisted driving; self-driving cars.
  • TomTom's recent innovations in digital mapping architecture led to big contracts in recent months
  • Revenue now diversified with fitness watches and a line of 'GoPro'-style action cameras launched this week.
  • Infographic posting rose from 2007-2012, but has been on decline ever since
  • Medium has evolved into 'data visualization', regularly used by large publications and simplified to be viewed on mobile devices
  • Designers are now churning out simpler content that everyone can access on a phone for publications like Times, Bloomberg, FiveThirtyEight
  • Morningside College, a small private liberal arts college in Iowa, is offering a 56-credit program in fall
  • The demand from students and the increasing video game market is encouraging more schools to offer the major
  • 5.5 petabits (700TB) of data can be fit on a gram of DNA
  • It took years to analyze a single human genome but modern microfluidic chips can do it in hours
  • Entirety of human knowledge as we know it can be stored in a few hundred kilos
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