Month: January 2020

Hierarchies of Money: Why You Use Bank Money But the Bank Wants Reserve Currency

While people tend to think of money as being all the same, the fact is governments and banks use different types of money than the everyday individual. From the top of the economic pyramid of world reserve currencies, down through...

/ January 31, 2020

Study shows Village Forests in Indonesia can protect the environment and reduce poverty

Village Forests can reduce poverty and also deforestation if done properly. Fehmiu Roffytavare/ShutterstockPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration will continue giving permits for local communities and indigenous peoples to manage forests under the Social Forestry Scheme during his second term. No...

/ January 31, 2020

To address the ecological crisis, Aboriginal peoples must be restored as custodians of Country

In the wake of devastating bushfires across the country, and with the prospect of losing a billion animals and some entire species, transformational change is required in the way we interact with this land. Australia’s First Peoples have honed and...

/ January 31, 2020

How hard is it to scramble Rubik’s Cube?

What a scramble. Shutterstock.comRubik’s Cube has been one of the world’s favourite puzzles for 40 years. Several different methods have been devised for solving it, as explained in countless books. Expert “speedcubers” can solve it in a matter of seconds....

/ January 31, 2020

Heat kills. We need consistency in the way we measure these deaths

Heat increases the risk of death, but the question of how much has been a topic of debate. From shutterstock.comOne of the most confronting impacts of climate change is the risk of more deaths from hot weather. Heat stress can...

/ January 30, 2020

Warp factor: we’ve observed a spinning star that drags the very fabric of space and time

A white dward (centre) and its companion pulsar make for an excellent natural gravitational laboratory. Mark Myers/OzGravOne of the predictions of Einstein’s general theory of relativity is that any spinning body drags the very fabric of space-time in its vicinity...

/ January 30, 2020

Bank Frick Expands Range of Crypto Assets to Offer Trading and Custodian Services for Bitcoin Cash

Bank Frick, a leading European blockchain bank, has expanded its range of cryptocurrencies for which it offers trading and custodian services. Bank Frick now offers trading and secure custody of bitcoin cash (BCH) for professional market participants and wealthy private...

/ January 30, 2020

Instagram Launched an Algorithm to Fight Fake News. But Is It Censoring Digital Artists?

Could artists who use Photoshop be targeted by Instagram’s new fake news screeners? The social-media platform rolled out an algorithm to detect fake news last May, but it appears to be getting triggered by digitally manipulated artworks as well. The...

/ January 30, 2020

Two satellites just avoided a head-on smash. How close did they come to disaster?

The now defunct Infrared Astronomical Telescope was one of the satellites involved in the near-collision. NASA/JPLIt appears we have missed another close call between two satellites – but how close did we really come to a catastrophic event in space?...

/ January 30, 2020

Within Hours of NBA Star Kobe Bryant’s Death, Street Artists Around the World Began Painting Tribute Murals—See Them Here

In the wake of NBA star Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash on Sunday, artists have been moved to memorialize the former Los Angeles Laker in murals around the world. Many of the works also honor Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter...

/ January 29, 2020

How the term ‘Anthropocene’ jumped from geoscience to hashtags – before most of us knew what it meant

Though its use has grown in the last decade, the Anthropocene concept has been around since the 19th century. John Cobb/Shutterstock, CC BYDisastrous fires, ongoing drought, and heat extremes have refocused Australians’ attention on the human contribution to climate change....

/ January 29, 2020

Bees learn better when they can explore. Humans might work the same way

Bees learn better when they can explore. Author supplied, Author providedUnderstanding how humans learn is one key to improving teaching practices and advancing education. Does everybody learn in the same way, or do different people need different teaching styles? The...

/ January 29, 2020

New Chainalysis Report Sheds Light on Darknet Markets and the Need for Onchain Privacy

Darknet market activity hit new highs in 2019, as shown in a new report from blockchain forensics firm Chainalysis. Despite concerted attempts from law enforcement (LE) to crack down on darknet markets (DNMs), coupled with several exit scams, crypto inflows...

/ January 29, 2020

How to cope with extreme heat days without racking up the aircon bills

Even without air conditioning, there are still many things you can do to prepare for extreme heat and stay comfortable on hot days. fizkes/ShutterstockSummer in Australia is getting hotter. Extreme heat events, with daytime temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius, are...

/ January 28, 2020

Seniors struggle with technology, and often their kids won’t help

Many older people are wary of asking for help with technology. ShutterstockSeniors may not enjoy the stereotype of struggling with technology, but undeniably many older people do have difficulty mastering their devices. A 2016-17 Deloitte survey of Australian consumers found...

/ January 28, 2020

International Crypto Exchange Liquid Develops Perpetual BTC Contracts With Up to 100x Leverage

Leverage allows cryptocurrency traders unsatisfied with market volatility to make stronger plays on smaller movements. Trading platforms offer various ways to use leverage in order to capture this segment. The latest example is Liquid, an exchange that developed perpetual BTC...

/ January 28, 2020

Impeachment: Day 5 of Trump’s Impeachment Trial | LIVE | NowThis

IMPEACHMENT FIREWORKS: In a major development, GOP senators are suggesting they may vote to subpoena witnesses against Pres. Trump as the historic impeachment trial continues. A newly-leaked manuscript by Trump's ex-aide John Bolton reportedly further confirms a key bombshell: that...

/ January 28, 2020

Australians Warned About Funnel-Web Spiders | NowThis

Australian bushfires are creating ideal breeding conditions for one of the world’s most dangerous spiders. » Subscribe to NowThis: http://go.nowth.is/News_Subscribe » Sign up for our newsletter KnowThis to get the biggest stories of the day delivered straight to your inbox:...

/ January 28, 2020

Protesters Harass Muslim Children at the Kentucky State Capitol | NowThis

Middle schoolers on a field trip to meet Kentucky legislators for Muslim Day at the State Capitol were harassed by protesters chanting offensive slurs. » Subscribe to NowThis: http://go.nowth.is/News_Subscribe » Sign up for our newsletter KnowThis to get the biggest...

/ January 27, 2020

Stone tools reveal epic trek of nomadic Neanderthals

Neanderthal hunting grounds in southern Siberia — the Charysh River valley, with Chagyrskaya Cave in the centre of the photo. Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Author providedNeanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis) fossils...

/ January 27, 2020