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  • In June, Pentagon is hosting a $3.5M, international competition between robots in an obstacle course designed to test their physical prowess, agility, awareness and cognition
  • Pentagon has invested nearly $100 million into developing robots that could head into disaster zones off limits to humans
  • There are 25 teams competing from all over the world, from companies, academic institutions and government agencies
  • It's unknown why newborns account for 44% of all childhood deaths
  • Investment will fund a series of surveillance sites that will gather data "about how, where and why children are getting sick and dying"
  • Once in place, the system can be repurposed to detect and respond to new outbreaks
  • Local ordinances vary among cities, but towns in Wisconsin, Mississippi and Pennsylvania are allowing backyard chickens
  • Advocates say they are good for urban environments, friendly towards people and safe when kept clean
  • Pittsburgh has become popular for chicken ownership; the proposal for backyard hens is intended to streamline getting permits for farms
  • Scientists have figured out how to create timelapses by pulling data from photos that people share publicly on sites like Flickr and Picasa.
  • The team has constructed 10,728 timelapses of 2,942 landmarks so far, with Europe having the most
  • NASA finds the last section of Antarctica's Larson B ice shelf is weakening
  • Result will be rise in sea levels as the shelf splits into hundreds of drifting icebergs
  • Shelf is 625 sq mi in area; its three major tributary glaciers are fed by their own tributaries farther inland
  • The number of nuns fell from 1M in 1973 to 710,000 worldwide in 2013
  • However, the number of women in Britain becoming nuns has reached a 25-year high; many age 30+
  • The church believes this is due to concentrated effort of Catholic church to demystify what nuns do in Britain
  • AJAX Exosuit was assembled by eight high-schoolers and inspired by movies the teens had watched, like Iron Man, The Edge of Tomorrow and Elysium.
  • The group assembled on the weekends as part of the Young Makers program and raised money on Kickstarter
  • AJAX Can hold up to 400 pounds; may have military and commercial applications
  • Japan, the worlds third-largest economy, beat growth expectations for the first quarter of 2015.
  • the economy grew by 0.6% in seasonally adjusted terms in the three months to March. Analysts had been expecting 0.4%
  • annualised growth rate came in at 2.4%, beating expectations for an increase of 1.5%.
  • LearnVest launched in 2009 as a financial planning service for women amassed 1.5 million users and tens of thousands of paid subscribers
  • amassed 1.5 million users and tens of thousands of paid subscribers
  • raised $75 million in venture capital, with Northwestern Mutual investing in its most recent round.
  • The company has partnered with bioprinting specialist Organavo, which can "produce living human tissues that mimics the form and function of native tissues in the body."
  • Loreal partnered with bioprinting specialist Organavo to produce living human tissues.
  • Aim and benefit of testing products on in vitro skin tissue is to reduce reliance on animal testing.
  • New capabilities will help clients "bridge enterprise data with Web-based cloud applications for faster and more insightful data intelligence."
  • Integration with a "growing number of cognitive computing and content analytics services in the Watson Zone on Bluemix, IBM's open standards-based cloud innovation platform."
  • "One Central Park" is now complete, featuring a park of its own that rises 166 meters into the sky.
  • Exhibits 250 species of native Australian flowers and plants; vines intertwine from floor to floor.
  • Designed by Parisian architect Jean Nouvel in collaboration with French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc.
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