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  • The prototype uses an electrospinning technique to turn a liquid into a seamless fabric, spraying the solution onto a shaped mold to create a garment without the need for stitching
  • It uses an internal electric field inside the printer chamber to guide fibers onto whatever shape designers want
  • Projections show that by 2030, China‚Äôs middle class will reach about 93% of the urban population
  • China is the largest consumer of global luxury goods, like cars, cosmetics, watches, and high-end fashion
  • Economists forecast by 2030 per capita disposable income in urban areas will triple
  • U.S. retail sales of organic food more than tripled between 2004-2014: $11.1 billion to nearly $36 billion
  • Globally, organic food and beverages market will reach $104.5 billion, nearly doubling since 2010
  • It takes more patience and money to be certified organic; farmers are challenged to keep up with demand
  • Kamehameha butterflies, one of only two butterfly species endemic to Hawaii, appear to be disappearing; no one knows why
  • Biologists have been using a computer program called MaxEnt to record where butterflies are spotted
  • The program uses an algorithm to gather info about an ecosystem and the distribution patterns of living creatures
  • Those who do have access only get 250KWh per year, enough to power a fan, mobile phone and lights for 5 hours/day
  • Uganda is the worst, with 85% of population lacking access to electricity, then Ethiopia, 68% and Nigeria, 47%
  • Review by African Development Bank states Africa needs investments of $60B+ each year for universal access by 2040
  • After Swedish authorities shut the site down in February, its now living on new domains with a new logo
  • New site is smaller and running without support, stripping out many of the former administrators and moderators
  • People who worked on the original site are warning users to watch for potential malware threats on the new version
  • Since 2008, global investment in fintech ventures has tripled to nearly $3 billion and global fintech investment will more than double by 2018.
  • more than $1 billion has been invested in financial startups in the past three years
  • investment in fintech companies has grown four times faster than venture investing overall.
  • French design duo invents table that also serves as climate control that doesn't use any electricity
  • The ZEF table looks to potentially cut energy costs by as much as 60%.
  • First Ever Body Fine Art Competition, held at The Springs in Los Angeles last Saturday
  • Artists, like Dewayne Flowers, Cheryl Ann Lipstreau and Wiser Oner, created their entries on-site with photographers documenting their work.
  • A panel of judges critiqued the pieces as well as music, dance performances and more.
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