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  • The glass and steel design twisting toward the sky "illustrates both Shanghai's and China's ambitions"
  • There's a 1,200-ton, computerized damper near the top; it pushes the tower in the direction of strong winds to counterbalance
  • It includes 21 sky lobbies for public use, "design elements [that] ensure a building like this would never be constructed in the United States"
  • Still a Prototype, the robotic kitchen is expected to go on sale in 2017, featuring an iTunes-like library of over 2000 recipes
  • The arms consist of 20 motors, 24 joints and 129 sensors to replicate the movements and dexterity of human hands.
  • London-based Moley Robotics will announce new funding in July
  • Nearly 10% of U.S. adults and 3% of children participated in yoga in 2012, up from 5% of adults and 2% of children a decade earlier,
  • more than 24 million U.S. adults practiced yoga in 2013, up from 17 million in 2008. "
  • Global palm oil production is expected to grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 5.9% in the period 2011 to 2020 to reach 84.0 million MT
  • majority of the growth is expected to come from Indonesia with a CAGR of 7.8 percent, and production in Malaysia is expected to expand only by 2.7 percent
  • 100% Renewable Electricity Generation By 2045 In Hawaii
  • "Lawmakers in Hawaii passed legislation last week (in a 74-2 vote) requiring the state to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy resources by 2045."
  • "Hawaiian Electric Company, the state’s sole privately owned utility company, previously determined it would be feasible to reach 40 percent renewables by 2030. Getting to 100 percent by 2045 will be difficult, but not entirely far-fetched.'
  • Audi, Amazon and DHL now partnering for a pilot program in Europe that allows Amazon to ship packages directly the trunk of an Audi.
  • ""The service will operate through temporary authorization for keyless access to the car’s luggage compartment."
  • The island has 12 wind turbines, powering 90-95% of the island when windy, 40%-45% average annual electricity
  • System also includes 14 MW of diesel generation with 5 generators, which provide the necessary power when there's no wind
  • Bonaire residents currently pay $0.22/kWh for electricity, much lower than prices on other nearby Caribbean islands
  • Swiss pilot and engineer Yves Rossy recently flew over Dubai on a jetpack alongside his protégé, skydiver Vince Reffet: https://youtu.be/Czy0pXRRZcs
  • Rossy has flown with his self-made jetpack over Mount Fuji and the Grand Canyon.
  • Footage was shot from a chase plane and two GoPro cameras attached to the men as they soared over the desert and cityscape.
  • Launched in 2013, Kano teaches young people to code and how to build their own computers
  • They've raised $15 million in venture funding; 40,000 kits have been sold so far
  • 27,000 kids have published nearly 6 million lines of code on KanoWorld site
  • IVF mixups continue to happen though eggs and sperm are electronically labeled and checked in the lab
  • Barcodes made from polysilicon now tag eggs and sperm; tags are 1/10 width of human egg and can be marked with 8 digit binary code
  • Codes are attached to eggs' outer surface, and thousands of barcode copies are pumped into semen samples
  • In 2012, 356,268 inmates had several mental illnesses--10 times the number of mentally ill patients in state psychiatric hospitals (approx 35,000)
  • US has 5% of world's population, but 25% of the world's total prison population
  • Much of this is due to movement to deinstitutionalize and treat patients in more community-based treatment centers in 1950s
  • The milestone was reached with launch in Malawi, providing TNM and Airtel users with free basic internet
  • The project started in August 2013 with partners Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Microsoft, Opera Software, Reliance, and Qualcomm
  • Goal is to provide access to 5 billion people; largest number of users currently are in India
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