Month: February 2020

Record Breaking Interest – Observing the Predictive Power of Bitcoin Futures Over BTC Spot Prices

Bitcoin futures providers have been seeing a lot of action during the last two weeks as cryptocurrency markets have been extremely volatile. Data shows there’s been significant open interest on both retail and institutional bitcoin derivatives exchanges and Skew research...

/ February 29, 2020
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Japan Joins a Wave of Countries Temporarily Shutting Down Museums in an Effort to Limit the Spread of the Coronavirus

As the deadly strain of coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to spread across the world, Japan is taking emergency measures by closing its museums for at least two weeks at the instruction of the minister of education, culture, sports, science, and technology. Affected...

/ February 28, 2020
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How a seasonal snarl-up in the mid-1500s gave us our strange rules for leap years

shutterstock Happy February 29! It doesn’t come round very often, so make sure you enjoy it. But why do we have these extra days? Well, if we didn’t, the seasons would gradually move around the calendar. Rather than midsummer in...

/ February 28, 2020
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Government to Airdrop $9 Billion in Free Money to 7 Million Hong Kong Residents

The government of Hong Kong has decided to airdrop about $9 billion in free money to an estimated 7 million residents in the troubled Chinese territory. From a global perspective, this can be seen as a desperate move to stimulate...

/ February 28, 2020
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VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the government’s emergency plan, climate change, and Bettina Arndt

Michelle Grattan talks with Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher about the week in politics, including the implementation of an emergency plan to tackle the spread of coronavirus, the major parties’ policies on climate change, national security and the Senate motion to...

/ February 28, 2020
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‘It Was Like Relationship Bootcamp’: Artists Julie Curtiss and Clinton King on Falling in Love in Japan and the Struggles that Come Before Success

How do two young artists, struggling to carve out a place in the increasingly competitive art world, make love last? For painters Julie Curtiss and Clinton King, their 15-year relationship is built on the bedrock of their shared creative drive and passion for...

/ February 27, 2020
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Vital Signs: a 3-point plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050

ShutterstockEvery January Larry Fink, the head of the world’s largest funds manager, BlackRock, sends a letter to the chief executives of major public companies. This year’s letter focused on climate risk. “Climate change has become a defining factor in companies’...

/ February 27, 2020
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The Economics of the Dutch East India Company

Trillion-dollar mega corporations are a very big deal these days. Only about 2 or 3 exist in the modern world and they're primarily tech companies that have achieved this status by capitalizing on cutting edge modern technology (and probably a...

/ February 27, 2020
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Angus Taylor sets down ‘markers’ to measure success of government’s technology roadmap

The government would be looking for the private sector to put in four or five times as much as it invests in research and development of particular technologies to reduce emissions, Energy Minister Angus Taylor says. In a speech on...

/ February 27, 2020
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The Bull and Bear Case for Investing in the Top 20 Cryptocurrencies

Should you buy bitcoin or bitcoin cash? Does tezos have further room to grow? Is monero a long-term hold? There are no absolute answers to these questions and no crystal ball to determine which crypto will pull a 5x before...

/ February 27, 2020
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Mary Boone’s Business Partner Is Suing the Jailed Dealer Over $15 Million in Art That She Allegedly Took From the Gallery for Herself

The legal woes continue for imprisoned art dealer Mary Boone. A gallery partner and former employee, James Oliver, has filed a lawsuit against Boone seeking $44,325 in unpaid wages and to protect his 10 percent equity share in the gallery,...

/ February 26, 2020
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Stocking up to prepare for a crisis isn’t ‘panic buying’. It’s actually a pretty rational choice

Recent days have brought reports of shoppers clearing out supermarket shelves from Wuhan and Hong Kong to Singapore and Milan in response to the spread of coronavirus. This behaviour is often described as “panic buying”. However, the research shows that...

/ February 26, 2020
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Thousands of city trees have been lost to development, when we need them more than ever

Climate change is on everyone’s lips this summer. We’ve had bushfires, smoke haze, heatwaves, flooding, mass protests and a National Climate Emergency Summit, all within a few months. The search is on for solutions. Trees often feature prominently when talking...

/ February 26, 2020
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Gender diversity in science media still has a long way to go. Here’s a 5-step plan to move it along

Public representation of science in the media still struggles to reflect the true diversity of those who work in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). According to a 2019 report from the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, women are quoted as...

/ February 26, 2020
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To Strengthen Their Grip on the Moneyed Tech Sector, the Organizers of a Fair Dedicated to Digital Art Are Expanding to Paris

As the art world continues to woo the tech crowd, the fledgling Contemporary and Digital Art Fair has announced plans to launch a Paris edition timed to Vivatech, the largest technology conference in Europe, as it opens in the French...

/ February 26, 2020
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Wikileaks Gathers $37M in BTC Since 2010 – Over $400K Sent After Julian Assange’s Arrest

The world was shocked when Wikileaks cofounder Julian Assange was arrested in April after being cooped up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012. Following his arrest, the original Wikileaks bitcoin address saw significant support as $32,000 worth of...

/ February 26, 2020
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Carbon pricing: it’s a proven way to reduce emissions but everyone’s too scared to mention it

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese sought to claim the climate policy high ground last week with his commitment to a net-zero emissions target by 2050. But figures on Australia’s emissions from the Department of the Environment and Energy help frame the...

/ February 25, 2020
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Stone tools show humans in India survived the cataclysmic Toba eruption 74,000 years ago

Christina Neudorf, Author providedAbout 74,000 years ago a volcanic eruption at what is now Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia, created one of the most dramatic natural disasters of the past 2 million years. The plume of the eruption punched 30...

/ February 25, 2020
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In an Extraordinary Discovery, Archaeologists May Have Just Located the Tomb of Romulus, the Legendary Founder of Rome

A newly discovered stone tomb, found on the site of an ancient temple in the Roman Forum, has experts excited: Could the sarcophagus be the final resting place of Romulus, said to be the founder of the Eternal City? The...

/ February 25, 2020
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The last ice age tells us why we need to care about a 2℃ change in temperature

ShutterstockThe latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that without a substantial decrease in our use of fossil fuels, we are on track for a global average increase of 2℃ in the next few decades, with...

/ February 25, 2020