Month: December 2017

Blockstack’s virtualchain technology helps accelerate blockchain development

Blockchain technology was a hot topic in 2017, as the ledger system saw exponential innovations added to its mainframe. Blockstack, founded in 2013, has put forth effort to creating a decentralized system for users to consume media content. “We’re living in a time period where the new incumbents like Amazon, Google, and Facebook have firmly established themselves, and are near monopolists in their markets,” venture capitalist Albert Wenger told MIT Technology Review. “If we want a long-term, open playing field for innovation, we’re going to need new, decentralized infrastructure.” This is why Blockstack is designing its decentralized architecture around user control,...

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Switzerland head of Foreign Affairs deletes a slew of his old tweets

Ignazio Cassis, an Italian born citizen, was recently chosen to hold the position of Switzerland’s newest cabinet minister, serving as the head of Foreign Affairs. With this new title, Cassis has taken the time to scrub his Twitter feed clean of any tweets that may make him seem unfit to be Switzerland’s foreign affairs minister. Politwoops, a tweet archiving website designed to track politician’s deleted tweets, accounted for over 500 tweets that were meant to never be seen again. Luckily, data on the web will always be available for archiving, as it is very clear Cassis removed over 90% of...

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Donald Trump has a questionable understanding of global warming

President Donald Trump has made his opinion regarding global warming clear over the years, but his latest tweet on the issue exemplifies how he may be confusing climate change with weather. In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017 Trump is alluding to the Paris Climate Agreement the U.S. pulled out of earlier this...

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Colombia murder rate lessens as peace deal is made with FARC

Correlation does not always equal causation in most cases, but it’s nice to be optimistic about recent peace deals that may have led to lessened murder rates. Colombia, one of the world’s most dangerous countries due to drug crimes and high murder rates, had a substantial reduction of homicide take place this year, at least according to Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas. The guerrilla military group known as FARC recently turned over a new leaf, becoming the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, a political party within the Colombian government. After agreeing to disarm themselves, murder rates have continually decrease over the years....

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Climate change a key reason for drastic increase of volcanic eruptions

Scientists tasked to study how the climate effects volcanic eruptions throughout history have come to a jarring conclusion recently. In an experiment focusing on volcanic upsurges in Iceland about 5000 years ago, scientists found that climate change can increase the chances of drastic eruptions. Decreased pressure on magma in the earth’s crust is caused by melting glacial ice. The less pressure on magma, the more chances for eruptions, at least according to Graeme T. Swindles, an Earth System Dynamics professor at the University of Leeds. “After glaciers are removed the surface pressure decreases, and the magmas more easily propagate to the...

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