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  • Lawmakers passed a $115.4 billion budget "to meet Brown’s demands for financial restraint during the fiscal year that begins next month."
  • "The budget signed Wednesday establishes an earned income tax credit for working-poor families; boosts the number of state-subsidized child care slots; and expands health care coverage to children who are in the country illegally."
  • After being stung twice, 9-Year-Old Mikaila Ulmer became so fascinated with bees she started a lemonade company using her grandma's recipe, sweetened with local honey
  • 20 percent of her company’s profit goes to environmental organizations that advocate to save bees.
  • Bees are responsible for pollinating 70 percent of the earth’s food supply.
  • Almost one in four children believe that playing video games counts as exercise, according to new research that warns school sport is at a “critical crossroads.”
  • "Three-quarters of young people say they enjoy PE lessons in school, almost two-thirds say they feel better about themselves after doing sport and 40% would like to do more exercise."
  • "35% speak to friends more on social media than in person."
  • Five years ago, 17 Year Od Joe Landolina invented a gel that could stop bleeding within seconds. "Vetigel," a natural algae-based polymer, can "cooperate with the body's native cellular clotting signals to accelerate hemostasis"
  • That product, now branded as Vetigel, will start being shipped in the United States; not yet available for humans.
  • "By studying the way cockroaches move, and also their specific size and shape, the team at the University of California-Berkeley say they were able to make a robot more intelligent without any additional software or sensors."
  • "The robot they ended up with might look like an insect, but it is entirely man-made. "
  • The Oculus Touch controller is a "custom piece of kit designed solely for interacting with objects within the virtual worlds."
  • "The closest comparison is the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, Nintendo's groundbreaking two-part controller that redefined console gaming's rules with the original Wii. "
  • Fully tracked in 3D space, location and orientation are replicated in the software.
  • A 30-story building could feed 50,000 people a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet for an entire year
  • Light utilization cuts plant growth time by 6-12 weeks and it uses 90%less water than conventional farming
  • Milan's recently opened World's Fair showcases the vertical farming solution, gaining it more support and attention
  • Victorian schools are setting up special labs and spaces to excite students about science, technology and math
  • Lauriston Girls' School is the first school in Australia to create a digital fabrication lab
  • The federal government is concerned about the declining number of students studying maths and science and hopes to encourage them
  • Latino population has made massive contributions to American car culture — from custom paint and pinstriping to lowrider car design
  • 5% of about 2,000 students are of Latino heritage in Pasadena's Art Center College of Design
  • High tuition and a limited supply of Latino professors may be the reason
  • In 1989, 33% of Americans had visited a casino in their entire lifetime
  • 87% of Americans now see gambling as an acceptable activity, according to American Gambling Association
  • World Series of Poker recently held record-breaking event with 22,374 players
  • It can create new rap lyrics by combining lines from existing songs with more rhymes per sentence
  • It's based on a field of artificial intelligence that mimics the way the human brain works, and works like Google search
  • Currently it can only predict the next relevant line of a song from the existing database; future work could focus on refining story-lines
  • Since financial crisis, banks are making it harder to finance projects; AdultXfund (AXF) is launching as a crowdfunding platform for the industry
  • Industry has taken a hit due to piracy and free offerings online
  • "Social media, mobile technology and expansion into areas such as live webcams and online dating are key to sustaining revenues."
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