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  • Study of nearly 500,000 adolescents and young adults show disapproval rating down from 41% to 23%
  • From 2002-2013, only 2% increase in marijuana usage
  • Relaxed laws and increased exposure does not appear to be impacting belief's about one's own use of marijuana
  • Researchers want to find out whether mindfulness helps teens build their psychological resilience
  • They're recruiting about 6,000 children aged 11 to 14 in 76 schools
  • The trial will run for five years, including a follow-up period of two years
  • Last September, Rockefeller Brothers Fund also announced purging holdings in coal and tar sands and withdrawing from oil + gas
  • Only 1% of funds are invested in alternative energy, with 3-5 years before reaching 10% goal
  • Currently 5.2% of the fund is left in fossil fuels
  • Public radio station WNYC and SHoP Architects placed TalkBoxes in the city for 24-hour, on-the-ground reporting
  • The phone is portable and connects to WNYC's Google Voice account, with a recorded question from a journalist
  • The first day, 30 people left messages
  • 30,174 “nonemployer” firms that brought in $1 million to $2,499,999 in 2013, an increase from 29,494 in 2012
  • There were also 221,815 businesses bringing in $500,000--$999,999 in 2013
  • Largely due to internet but also due towards shifts in attitude, hiring contractors vs employees
  • About 1/3 of children are malnourished
  • Almost 20% of pregnant or breast-feeding women also malnourished
  • Per capita income averages $1K-$2K/year
  • "Kids playing with Tiggly Math for two weeks saw increases in early number skills of up to 71 percent."
  • "With 66 percent of fourth graders not proficient in reading, early literacy is a serious problem in the United States."
  • "Tiggly Words is a set of letter toys — a, e, i, o, and u — that comes with three iPad games to help preschoolers build and understand words."
  • Previously, the woman in the icon was smaller, and standing behind the man.
  • Now, the woman and man are of equal size, and he now stands behind her.
  • Initially the designer was "nervous about updating the glyphs and kind of expected to get in trouble." Now the changes have been implemented on Facebook platforms around the world.
  • Reify, a New York startup incubated at the New Museum of Contemporary Art's New Inc, translates music into data, and prints unique sculptural "totems."
  • "The aim of Reify's totems is to return that sense of focus and physical design to music listening."
  • "The physical object is literally generated from the sound itself."
  • Duolingo is the most downloaded app in the Education category on both Google Play and Apple’s App Store
  • Rapid growth: App had 60 million users in 2014, now has 100 million users.
  • "More people now use the app to learn languages in the U.S. than in the country’s entire public school system."
  • Scientists have made tiny, functioning human hearts
  • "The hearts have been grown using only stem cells, for the very first time"
  • Techniques could eventually be used to create full-sized hearts and other body parts
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