Bitcoin Mining 101

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Ranked number two in Google’s world news search in 2017, most have heard of Bitcoin (BTC), yet remain puzzled by the concept of Bitcoin mining. Recent headlines illustrate Bitcoin miners hacking computers through YouTube ads, being banned by state governments, and overcharged by electric companies. Yet, it is entirely understandable if you are still asking yourself, “What the heck is Bitcoin mining?” The Concept Bitcoin mining is an activity which adds bitcoin transact ...read more

Uranus Smells Exactly How You Think It Does

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The planet Uranus. It smells bad here. (Credit: NASA) Scientists confirm that Uranus’ atmosphere contains hydrogen sulfide, a compound long suspected to be swirling about in the planet’s clouds. Using the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii, researchers from the United Kingdom analyzed Uranus using a technique known as spectroscopy to identify the elements contained within. They relied on the Near-Infrared Integral Field Spectrometer (NIFS) at Gemini for the task, which invo ...read more

Scientists CT Scan An Entire Whale to Study Its Ears

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A minke whale surfacing. (Credit: Graeme Snow/Shutterstock) How do you get inside a whale’s head? With a CT-scanner made for rocket bodies, that’s how. Researchers from San Diego State University stuck an entire juvenile minke whale inside a computed tomography (CT) scanning machine to virtually slice and dice its anatomy with X-rays. Their goal was to get a look at the structures that allow whales to hear underwater and better understand a sense that’s vital for these underw ...read more

Is It Time For A New Astronomical Yardstick?

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An illustration of the scale of our solar system. Distances here are measured in astronomical units (AU). (Credit: NASA) Click on an article about space on Discover, and you’ll likely run into a measurement in terms of light-years, solar masses, astronomical units, or arcminutes. These units are unique to astronomy, and all can be expressed in terms of other, more fundamental units, such as meters, grams, and degrees. In a paper published April 1 in Astronomy & Geophysics, Keit ...read more

'Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch' Season 1 Contestants Raised $492,000 on Indiegogo

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Whether or not they got an investment on the show, these entrepreneurs succeeded with the crowd. April 23, 2018 3 min read In season 1 of Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch -- a pitch competition show where contestants have 60 seconds to present their ideas in an actual elevator -- founders gave it their all to reach the boardroom for a chance to convince a panel of investors to back their businesses. But for many, the fundraising journey didn’t start or end in the elevator. Elevator Pitch entrep ...read more

ICO Alert Crypto Minute: April 23, 2018

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Coinbase closes account associated with Wikileaks, Robinhood launches zero-fee cryptocurrency trading in Colorado, top 5 cryptocurrency price changes, and more! Coinbase has closed an account associated with Wikileaks’ online store for allegedly violating Coinbase’s Terms of Service. Image from images and video. Coinbase Closes Account Associated with Wikileaks’ Online Store Coinbase has closed an account associated with Wikileaks’ online store for al ...read more

My Grandmother Survived the Holocaust. Her Quiet, Gentle Strength Inspired My Entrepreneurial Journey.

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Leaving a plum job for the uncertainties of entrepreneurship didn't seem such a scary leap knowing what she overcame. April 23, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Six years ago, my 100-year-old grandmother passed away. A few months after I helped carry Grandma Mira’s body to her grave, I made a decision to leave my cushy job in venture capital to launch my own startup. There were many reasons why I decided to become an entrepreneur. I saw the mar ...read more

Entrepreneurship Is All About Overcoming Obstacles

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Confronting your own doubts and fears is the essence of being an entrepreneur. April 23, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneurship is not a destination; it’s a journey. On this journey, successful entrepreneurs don't have an expectation of “arriving” to some finish line. If you do have that expectation, you won’t continue to push yourself to step outside of your comfort and grow. You won’t seek out the  ...read more

Just in time for Earth Day! Announcing Earth Challenge 2020, a global citizen science initiative.

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Earth Day Network, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and U.S. Department of State, Announces Earth Challenge 2020 — A Citizen Science Initiative. In anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, Earth Day Network, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the U.S. Department of State, through the Eco-Capitals Forum, announce Earth Challenge 2020, a Citizen Science Initiative. This initiative is in collaboration with Conne ...read more

We're Good At Recognizing Distorted Faces

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A new paper from MIT neuroscientists Sharon Gilad-Gutnick and colleagues reveals that we are remarkably good at recognizing faces even if they are highly distorted. Not only is this scientifically interesting, the deformed images used in this study are rather hilarious. Here’s an example of a face being distorted by horizontal and vertical compression (also known as thinning and flattening). The unfortunate victim of these distortions is Bill Clinton: Gilad-Gutnick et al. found that peop ...read more

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