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  • Seven more, plus the District of Columbia have passed legislation to create it but have not yet applied it
  • Online registration requires applicants to provide a driver’s license or state ID card number; some ask for last 4 digits of SSN
  • It saves states money: Arizona decreased per-registration costs from $0.83 per-paper registration to $0.03
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs in web development are expected to increase 13% through 2020
  • New York, San Francisco, and Seattle are the top 3 cities to live for UX Designers
  • UX designers who can also code can get an additional 5% bump in salary
  • "Quiet Time," 15 minutes of silence at the beginning and end of each school day, gives students an opportunity to meditate.
  • New York-based David Lynch Foundation funds meditation instruction in schools in the U.S. and abroad. "In the last decade, it's garnered $30 million to spread meditation across the world, and boasts of having taught 500,000 students" in more than 12 countries.
  • Thync has created a wearable device that uses electrical waveforms targeted to specific neural pathways
  • A 14-minute session using Thync resulted in significant stress reduction, with 97% of subjects stating the effects induced relaxation
  • This was a breakthrough that showed one of the body's primary biochemical responses to acute stress can be suppressed
  • It automatically process transactions, manipulate data, trigger responses, and communicate with other systems
  • Jobs related to IT help desks, data center and server support, network support, etc. will be reduced/eliminated over the next 3 years
  • RPA providers like Celaon, Thoughtonomy and Innovise provide various aspects of process automation for companies
  • Daimler's new self-driving truck, "which drives steadily in a single lane instead of impatiently trying to get ahead, is estimated to be able to help cut fuel consumption by 5%."
  • "By 2017, trucks could potentially cut fuel use by 35%."
  • One of China's big-four state-owned lenders, Bank of China Ltd., will participate in electronic auctions that set the LBMA Gold Price benchmark
  • China is the world's largest gold producer; it ties with India as the largest gold consumer
  • China is taking major steps to open up its financial markets to attract foreign investors
  • "Exhaustive study using over 24 years of data from over a million teenagers in 48 states found no evidence that legalized medical marijuana led to teenagers using pot more."
  • “Our findings provide the strongest evidence to date that marijuana use by teenagers does not increase after a state legalizes medical marijuana," said Deborah Hasin, Professor at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.
  • Insurers turn to SaaS to reduce time to implementation
  • With SaaS, companies also do not have to acquire hardware, nor deal with costly software upgrades and maintenance
  • A “significant minority” of insurers are remaining cautious of SaaS for regulatory, risk and reliability reasons
  • "Up to five million jobs are likely to be automated by 2030, according to Australia’s Future Workforce report released today by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).
  • "Nearly 40% of Australian jobs that exist today that are at risk ... an even higher likelihood of job losses in parts of rural and regional Australia, with more than 60% at risk."
  • “There is no question that this is the future of transportation,” Hogan said after four trips along the 26-mile test track near Mount Fuji.
  • A 40-mile maglev line between Baltimore and Washington would cost $10+ billion; 5-8 minute commute time; 300+ MPH
  • "The point of Thursday’s runs was not to prove how fast these trains can go but rather to convince Hogan that Maryland needs them."
  • Amazon informed Congress Wednesday that it is developing the technology to use drones to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less;
  • Amazon urges the FAA lighten severe drone restrictions, saying that drones safely fly "well beyond the eyesight of the operator."
  • FAA is "working diligently to develop a regulatory framework that will allow for innovation while ensuring the safety"
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