Silicon Valley is pushing its way into every stage of the food-growing process, from tech tycoons buying up farmland to startups selling robots that work the fields to hackathons dedicated to building the next farming app.
Following rippling fallout from the slide in the Russian ruble, Switzerland sought to prevent the Swiss franc
from breaching upper limits imposed on the currency by introducing negative interest rates on commercial
bank deposits"... (related news) =>
www.thelocal.ch/20141218/swiss-central-bank-imposes-negative-interest-rates
I've never heard of this.

"It sounds humorous, but we argue that if a kid is okay with this bureaucratic elf spying on them in their home, it normalizes the idea of surveillance and in the future restrictions on our privacy might be more easily accepted," says digital technology professor Laura Pinto.
Nasa’s rover measures fluctuations of gas not easily explained by geology or organic material dropped by meteorites
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Court officials canceled a two-day pretrial hearing for suspects in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Monday at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a U.S. Army spokesman said. No reason was given for the cancellation.
A high-altitude radar blimp is set to take off over the nation’s capital. By Patrick Tucker
For nearly a century, “reality” has been a murky concept. The laws of quantum physics seem to suggest that particles spend much of their time in a ghostly state, lacking even basic properties such as a definite location and instead existing everywhere and nowhere at once. Only when a particle is measured does it suddenly…
('Disaster Capitalism' at work)... Ferguson main ave. was previously slated for a 'redevelpment project' to mainly profit
Wall St. & oligarchy-connected 'developers', but local mom & pop businesses refused to sell, they weren't on-board with
the corporate plan...