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  • Recent Pew Research Center study shows a trend in US of moving from highly traditional to consistently secular perspectives
  • Pew survey didn't dive into why that's happening, but shows religious "switching" to be a growing phenomenon
  • Yet the U.S. remains overwhelmingly Christian, with 7 of 10 Americans identifying with a Christian faith
  • Researchers are trying to squeeze more water from the process by improving the membranes used to separate salt from water
  • Forward osmosis, dilution solutions and recapturing lost energy from the desalination process are also being tested
  • Desalination is an expensive, energy-hogging process but could become more efficient using small plants in small communities
  • Massive, online open courses (MOOCs) are making high-quality content available to millions of people, much of it free
  • Professors say it is rewarding to teach thousands of students using video they can mix and match, updating only parts
  • MOOCs are suspected to disrupt the traditional university model much like other disruptive technologies in the coming years
  • Black-taxi license applications are down 20% in London so far this year and the industry is blaming Uber
  • The number of cabbies taking The Knowlege exam has dropped to 60 per month vs 200 before Uber
  • Uber has been banned in Spain, Portugal and Germany but is popular in London
  • A 3D bioprinter at Michigan Technological University is being tested to develop printable tissue for damaged nerves
  • Bioprinting builds up one tissue at a time, and needs compatible materials to print with in order to work with nerve cells
  • Finding materials that are delicate enough for tissue but can withstand the pressure of a needle for printing is proving challenging
  • U.S. Companies hold $1.73 trillion in cash overseas
  • $439 billion held by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, and Pfizer.
  • The White House’s plans to mandate companies to repatriate income faces several obstacles. Apple manages it cash using a secretive fund based in Nevada.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has offically stated that the Ebola outbreak in Libera is over
  • There have been no new cases for the past 42 days
  • Liberia remains on high alert, as new Ebola cases are still being reported in neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea.
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch released report quantifying global expenditures on products and services that enhance appearance or prestige: $4.5T/Year
  • The report attributes trend to the growth of per-capita income in developing economies.
  • The report raises is whether it’s possible to quantify the dollar value of all purchases worldwide motivated in some way by vanity.
  • police officers no longer to obtain “[tracked] armored vehicles, weaponized aircraft and vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, and large-caliber firearms”
  • Law enforcement agencies that comply with specific standards for training will still be able to utilize certain controlled surplus items.
  • Micro-housing gets people into desirable parts of town at a reasonable price-point
  • Micro-housing No Longer Only In High-Density Cities With Extreme property values.
  • The higher dollar per sq ft, even factoring above considerations, can make micros an attractive investment
  • a paralyzed woman used her thoughts to control an F-35 and a single-engine Cessna in a flight simulator.
  • 55-year-old Jan Scheuermann, who has been the subject of two years of groundbreaking neurosignaling research.
  • initial tasks with robotic arm included feeding herself a bar of chocolate and giving high fives and thumbs ups.
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