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  • The program, now 1 yr old, expanded its service to 10 pilot neighborhoods to determine viability of adding organics diversion to waste management system
  • Organic waste accounts for 1/3 of NYC residential curbside waste; participation rate is about 16% so far
  • This next year will focus on improving the front-end contamination, determining preprocessing options, and planning for long term processing needs
  • Compared to the early 1970s, more than twice as many US college students in the 2010s never attended church services
  • Decline in religiosity is larger among young women, whites, those of lower socioeconomic status, and residents of the Northeast
  • These statistics provide an important context for contemporary politics, as American attitudes are shifting on social issues
  • Sotheby’s auction realized $379.7 million, with highest prices being bid for works by Mark Rothko, Roy Liechtenstein and Jackson Pollock.
  • The value of the global art market grew an estimated 7% to a record 51 billion euros ($56 billion) last year, taking it for the first time above the pre-crisis peak of €48 billion
  • plan announced to be first city in Texas powered entirely by renewable energy
  • Georgetown will obtain 150 megawatts of solar energy and enough from a 194 megawatt wind farm to end it's dependency on fossil fuels for electricity.
  • While other cities like San Diego have 20-year plans to go entirely renewable, Georgetown plans to be done by 2016.
  • Lily’s drone can record at 1080p at 60 frames per second or 720p with 120 fps slow motion.
  • It takes two hours to charge and can then stay in the air for 20 minutes before needing to be plugged in again.
  • Captures photos and video at gatherings, so no one has to hold a camera.
  • Democrats lost 7 sentences and 11 races for governor because of blacks' shorter life expectancy.
  • Because blacks die so much sooner than whites on average, it affects the political balance between these two races.
  • "Black Lives Matter" is not only of social and legal significance, but also political impact.
  • Researchers have discovered how to precisely paint multi-colored patterns on an object by dipping it into a pool of water
  • First, they 3D scan the object they want to print on; next, algorithms transform a pattern into a printed layer of transparent film
  • The precision of the technique makes it easier to paint 3D objects or traditional objects, like mugs
  • New firmware update adds support for re-ordering items previously purchased via spoken commands.
  • To reorder, use a verbal wake command and say "Reorder [Item]"
  • Prime members only; items must be Prime eligible
  • Nikola Labs launched a device that converts radio frequencies into DC power, and, they claim, can therefore power devices.
  • the first product using this technology is a case for an iPhone 6; It converts the wasted 90 percent of energy the phone produces on a cellphone signal, and puts it back into the phone
  • powers phone for up to 30 percent longer.
  • Code Club, Code Kingdoms, CoderDojo, Barclays Code Playground, Maker's Academy, Code Academy and other initiatives are aimed towards teaching kids code
  • 12-week programs like Flatiron School train high-school students how to code for $2,500
  • Many students enter college without any programming experience due to many obstacles within the public school system
  • Between 925 and 1,960 housing units in the San Francisco are sitting vacant so they can be rented out on Airbnb
  • Portland, Chicago and San Francisco require hosts to pay hotel tax, though difficult to enforce
  • AirBnB has been valued at $2.5 billion and is dealing with legal battles from hotels and governments
  • A 1938 survey found security, knowledge and religion the top 3 factors in happiness
  • The same survey in 2014 showed good humor, leisure and security as the top 3
  • Religion moved from 3rd most important to last place (10th)
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