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Bitcoin News Wednesday, February 14

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  • I ran around my house with joy, and danced with our twin babies to celebrate (we do a lot of dancing together) the impact that I know that donation will have in the world, says Adam Braun, in a blog post published Tuesday about the moment a $999,999.99 donation from…
  • Braun reached out to his friend and fellow charity entrepreneur, Scott Harrison, the founder and CEO of Charity: water, who had successfully received a donation from Pineapple Fund.
  • Subject: You are the reason I started Pencils of Promise – – – – HI, my name is Adam Braun and after seeing your support of my friend Scott Harrison’s organization charity: water (an amazing charity) I reached out to him and he suggested I shoot you a note as…
  • Inspired by that boy, several years later I founded Pencils of Promise to build schools, train teachers and increase access to quality education for children in the poorest parts of the world where education is needed most.
  • I can assure you that if you were to select Pencils of Promise for one of your $1M grants, we would be able to immediately use those funds in the communities we serve across Asia, Africa and Latin America to transform tens of thousands of lives through building new schools,…

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  • Ballot boxes and current online voting platforms are vulnerable to manipulation; now a startup called Follow My Vote is developing a blockchain-based system to ensure security, transparency andmathematically accurate election results.
  • Applied to power generation, blockchain enables homeowners to sell back energy to the grid without going via an energy provider or manage their own microgrids that are independent from the established system.
  • Instead of a service such as Apple Music or Spotify taking a cut, a blockchain system called Voise is enabling artists to set a price of which they receive 100% whena user streams their music.
  • The UN has anumber of blockchain-based projects looking to solve issues in delivering aid.
  • Last year, in a UN world food programme pilot project, Syrian refugees in a Jordan camp were given an allowance in cryptocurrency.

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  • Image copyright – Getty Images – – – – – Image caption – – The arrested scientists worked at the secret factory which made the USSR’s first nuclear bomb – – – – Russian security officers have arrested several scientists working at a top-secret Russian nuclear warhead facility for allegedly…
  • The Federal Nuclear Centre in Sarov, western Russia, is a restricted area.The centre’s press service said: There has been an unsanctioned attempt to use computer facilities for private purposes including so-called mining.
  • The supercomputer was not supposed to be connected to the internet – to prevent intrusion – and once the scientists attempted to do so, the nuclear centre’s security department was alerted.
  • As far as we are aware, a criminal case has been launched against them, the press service told Interfax news agency.Crypto-currencies like Bitcoin do not rely on centralised computer servers.
  • The top-secret town was not even marked on Soviet maps and special permits are still required for Russians to visit it.What is Bitcoin?Putin, power and poison: Russias elite FSB spy clubSarov is surrounded by a tightly guarded no-man’s-land, with barbed wire fences to keep the curious away.There are suspicions that…

Tags: Federal Nuclear Centre, Russian nuclear warhead, allegedly mining crypto-currencies, Russian security officers, Interfax news agency

  • An ambitious new study published this month in Cell Systems, however, promises to shed some new light, enumerating for the first time the thousands of changes in genes and various biological systems that may occur after even a small amount of weight gain, and which may or may not be…
  • An international consortium of scientists approached 23 overweight men and women who were already part of a large, continuing study called an omics study in the parlance of researchers that examines participants genomes and microbiomes and generates vast amounts of data about the workings of the body.
  • But an omics study had never looked at the effects of weight change.
  • After more samples, the researchers asked participants to keep their weight stable and return after another three months for a final round of tests.
  • In those tests, the scientists found many biological changes related to weight change.

Tags: weight, weight gain, ambitious new study, so-called yo-yo dieting, various biological systems

  • Bitcoin mining in Iceland is sucking up so much energy that officials are worried they soon won’t have enough power to run the country.
  • In the last six months, miners have been flocking to the island nation, where abundant and cheap renewable energy and arctic air (to keep servers from overheating) make it a bitcoin miners paradise.
  • But the energy-intensive process of mining cryptocurrency threatens to overwhelm the countrys energy infrastructure.
  • Four months ago, I could not have predicted this trend, Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson, a business development manager at the energy company HS Orka, told the Associated Press.
  • Now he expects the energy demands from cryptocurrency miners will double the countrys energy consumption estimates, and end up using more energy than all Icelandic households.

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