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  • Liu Yiqian and Wang Wei, one of Asia's most world-renowned collecting couples, purchased a $45 million Tibetan tapestry commissioned by a Ming emperor at Christie's Hong Kong in November 2014
  • Liu is also known for his purchase of a 15th-century Ming Dynasty imperial porcelain “chicken cup" for $36.3 million at Sotheby's Hong Kong in July 2014
  • Museums and Art Fairs are increasing due to the growing influence of new wealth in China
  • From 2010-2012 the number of people without access to electricity declined from 1.2 billion to 1.1 billion
  • 1.1 Billion people in the world still live without electricity; roughly 3 Billion still cook using polluting fuels like kerosene, wood, charcoal and dung.
  • The global electrification rate increased from 83 percent in 2010 to 85 percent in 2012.
  • Designers have been able to construct a modular ABS wall part that stands 10 feet tall and was 3D printed in ABS
  • Parts were printed on a Euclid 3D printer and took 18 hours to print 3 pieces
  • Piping and ventilation could be printed integral to form a complete house; parts are waterproof when snapped together
  • In 2012, Pew found that 29% of white evangelicals age 18-29 expressed support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally
  • 2014 survey found white evangelical Protestant millennials are more than twice as likely to favor same-sex marriage as older generations
  • Evangelicals for Marriage Equality are collecting signatures to gain support among Christians for fall elections
  • "Stem cell researchers from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. say they have learned how to convert cells from blood into both central nervous system neural cells."
  • This could lead to new advances for those suffering chronic pain or nerve diseases.
  • "The hope is that one day, doctors would be able to take a blood sample from a patient and quickly produce a million sensory and central nervous system cells"
  • "A team of British and American researchers have developed a hacker resistant process for online voting (PDF) called Du-Vote."
  • Uses a 100% hacker-proof technique, a user-specific "coin flip." The malicious software still would have no way of knowing the outcome of the coin flip.
  • Every individual would receive a token that contains a list of secret digits associated with each candidate name.
  • worldwide revenues from 3D printing expected to increase from $3.07B in 2013 to $12.8B by 2018; exceed $21B by 2020.
  • "3D printing of complex living tissues, commonly known as bioprinting, is opening up new avenues for regenerative medicine. "
  • estimated $230 billion to $550 billion economic impact per year by 2025 with various 3D applications
  • Due to its complex structure, meat is the hardest thing to imitate with flavoring and textured protein
  • Company Modern Meadow is working on cultured beef, incubating beef cells and mixing them with pectin and spices to improve flavor
  • Scientists must figure out how to build intramuscular fat, sinew, cartilage and bone, making it expensive
  • The items take a little longer to prepare, then they're delivered to your table
  • Kiosk allows diners to order and sit down instead of waiting in line
  • McDonald's hasn't changed its basic system of taking orders since its founding in the 1950s
  • Journal of Health and Social Behavior study found people who married before completing college were 50% more likely to later become obese
  • Authors controlled for the participants’ socioeconomic status; marriage timing correlated with weight gain
  • Researchers theorized that college gives us critical-thinking skills that helps manage weight under changing circumstances
  • Euro dropped with doubts over Greece’s ability to repay its debts, but now is rising with new IMF agreement
  • Greece is due to make 3 debt repayments to the IMF in June, totaling €1.6 billion
  • Accelerating inflation and strong employment growth in US is also affecting Euro
  • Last year there were more cases of attacks specifically targeting nuclear power plants and similar facilities
  • Cyberattacks have been steadily growing in recent years, particularly in developing countries
  • Conference will look at trends in cyberattacks, nuclear security, threat analysis, industrial control systems and operator experience
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