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  • President Barack Obama had his best quarterly job approval rating since mid-2013, according to a Gallup report released Tuesday.
  • Obama's approval rating increase likely attributable to a drop in gasoline prices in late 2014, an improving job market, and diplomatic efforts in Ukraine, Iran and Cuba, according to Gallup.
  • Chlamydia is rising in every state and more women reported feeling distressed in all but 4 states
  • Suicide mortality rate grew 35% from 2001-2013
  • 48.2% of women exercise regularly; 6 in 10 are overweight; reports of diabetes has increased from 6.5% to 9.7%
  • global market for cancer drugs has topped $100 billion in annual sales
  • projected $147 billion by 2018 according to a new report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics
  • In 1990, 1/2 of cancer patients survived for five years after diagnosis. Today, 2/3 survive.
  • Denmark's central bank is planning to stop printing physical banknotes and minting coinage by 2016
  • nations like Ireland, Austria, and Belgium are working very quickly towards the creation of a completely digital monetary system.
  • most of the advantages — halting black market transactions & limiting illicit trade — lie with the state, and not with the public
  • Solar Impulse 2, the first solar airplane able to sustain flight at night with a pilot on board, took off from Abu Dhabi, heading east to Muscat.
  • The launch of the project was announced in November 2003, almost exactly a century after the Wright brothers’ historic flight
  • The plane went on its first test flights in 2010; it made the first night flight in the history of solar aviation, lasting more than 26 hours.
  • Survey data of 1600 students confirms the decline of the textbook driven by high costs of books
  • Students are turning to pirate websites, photocopying and downloading copies from other students
  • Digital textbooks don't appear to be the best solution: 50% of students prefer print over digital; 29% want a combo of both
  • Tesla has taken 38,000 orders for its Powerwall; devices are sold out until mid-2016.
  • The two versions of the “Powerwall” – a 7kWh and a larger 10kWh unit – cost $3,000 (£1,975) and $3,500 (£2,300) respectively.
  • 2,800 business orders were taken for the commercial version called the Powerpack.
  • A pair of camouflaged VisionAIR5 wind turbines were installed inside the scaffolding on 2nd floor
  • The turbines are expected to generate 10,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year and last 20 years
  • The electricity generated will power the tower's entire 1st floor, with gallery, shops and restaurants
  • Americans identifying as "no religion" is 3 times greater than 20 years ago
  • Church attendance has declined by nearly 20%
  • 10% decline in percentage of people that think religion is relevant today
  • Tweet-length works of fiction are featured in this year's #TwitterFiction Festival
  • Most stories are composed of several tweets, and so are characterized by pithiness and the social nature of the form
  • Brevity allows writers to use flash fiction to tackle esoteric topics that might not be worthy of entire novels
  • Sites need to avoid Flash content, have readable content without zooming, no horizontal scrolling and spacing between links
  • Google doesn't care how sites update their designs, just that they do
  • Tesla building a massive battery-making factory which should drive down prices
  • Tesla partnered with solar installer Solar City (Musk is Solar City’s chairman), giving Tesla a much larger customer base, both residential and commercial.
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