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  • Replacing half of all meat we consume with fruits, nuts and vegetables would reduce our "water footprint" by 30%
  • Beef consumption is decreasing in US but globally going up about 1.2% a year, mostly in developing countries
  • Solutions to fix the problem include growing cultured beef in a lab and raising prices to make beef a luxury item
  • Chip is only about half the size of a pinkie nail, leaving room for whatever other hardware you might want to build
  • From MediaTek in Taiwan, its geared specifically for tomorrow’s Internet of Things and wearable tech entrepreneurs
  • MediaTek wants to build more chips to cater to the next generation of customers
  • Historically there have been few options for women ministers, so designer Maria Sjodin created a line for their daily work
  • Collection is available online, where "young, hip models" pose in her designs
  • Sjodin now has some 4,000 clients around the world
  • Plane can refuel in-flight, has an operating room, walk-in refrigerator and defensive systems that could allow the jetliner to evade a missile attack
  • The plane is set to be purchased in 2016, the earliest it would likely carry a president would not be until 2019 or 2020
  • In an attempt to control costs throughout the project, the Air Force pans to maintain the jets for over 30 years for presidents
  • Amazon's cloud-computing services unit offset new business investments in North America in first quarter 2015
  • Amazon's revenue jumped almost 50% to $1.57 billion, or about 7% of total revenue, surpassing expectations
  • Amazon's cloud-computing growth rate is largest in India
  • vendors’ sales are up 59%, ever since Stockholm-based mobile payments company iZettle helped the homeless sell magazines electronically
  • High Profile Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus, who "became an evangelist for the electronic payment movement" after his son was robbed, claims that cash is the primary cause of crime.
  • 64% of American adults are smartphone owners, a 35% increase from four years ago.
  • 15% of Americans say they have few other ways to get online besides their smartphones.
  • 15% of 18–29-year-olds saying they’re “heavily dependent” on cell phones.
  • More schools are using laptops and having students submit work via cloud documents, reducing textbooks and printed worksheets
  • Many texts are now available in digital formats, with thousands of apps and online educational resources offering free lessons
  • The one-to-one technology trend is growing in the US: a movement devoted to getting a laptop or tablet computer to every student
  • Engineers from Stanford University created miniature robots called "MicroTugs"
  • The strongest of the bots weighs 12 grams and can pull objects 2,000 times heavier than itself, reports the New Scientist. Like "a human dragging a blue whale."
  • 9 gram Bot can climb up vertical walls and carry objects heavier than a kilogram; like "a human hoisting an elephant up ... a building."
  • Amy Schumer's recently staged trial of Bill Cosby exemplifies "comedy with a message."
  • "Comedians are acting not just as joke-tellers, but as truth-tellers—as guides through our cultural debates."
  • Foreign Policy published list: the world’s top 20 public intellectuals, among them Amartya Sen, Noam Chomsky, and Mario Vargas Llosa. It also included Stephen Colbert.
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