ETC Coop’s Anthony Lusardi on Turing Completeness and other smart contract platforms

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During his Crypto Insider interview, ETC Cooperative Director Anthony Lusardi has also spoken about pressing issues such as the Bitcoin Cash hash wars and the added benefits of having Turing-complete blockchains. However, the most memorable part involves Mr. Lusardi rating other projects that are similar to ETC in their scope. This segment gives us a unique and fascinating insight on the thought process of a proponent of immutable smart contract platforms. The ratings are harsh and point out to ...read more

The Psychology of Memory and the 2016 Election

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An intriguing new study uses the 2016 US Presidential election as a tool to examine the organization of human memory. The results show that events that occur around the same time are linked in memory. Remembering one past event tends to trigger the recall of other memories from that time. This chronological clustering makes intuitive sense, but it's a theory that's been debated in psychology for a while, under the name of the temporal-contiguity effect (TCE). According to the authors of th ...read more

Becoming a Bio-Engineer

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  The genetic modification of crops (GMOs) and the concept of designer babies (thanks to CRISPR technology) may be two of the most recognizable, yet controversial, topics related to the field of genetic engineering. At its core, genetic engineering, also known as bioengineering, is the genetic modification of an organism. Some view genetic engineering as an enigmatic topic, shrouded in mystery and limited to the lab. However, genetic engineering isn’t limited to the labora ...read more

Part 1: Ethereum vs NEO – Which blockchain will provide better long-term value?

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Ethereum (ETH) and NEO are two major cryptocurrency platforms that allow developers to build and deploy automated business logic via smart contracts and enterprise-level decentralized applications (dApps). Both these platforms have been implemented using blockchain technology and can be used to launch initial coin offerings (ICOs). In this introductory article, we will go over briefly when and by whom both the Ethereum and NEO projects were launched; the type of network consensus mechanism and ...read more

Interview: David Weild IV, former NASDAQ Vice-Chairman

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It’s not everyday that you get to talk about cryptocurrency regulations with a former NASDAQ Vice-Chairman who also happens to do advisory work in the blockchain industry. And even if such an event happens, you’d expect to get reactions which resemble the press statements of Jamie Dimon or Nouriel Roubini. However, David Weild IV is surprisingly different: enthusiastic about cryptocurrencies, positive about the impact that the blockchain can have on finance, yet simultaneously cautio ...read more

Is Gender Identity Unique to Humans?

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This summer, in the introductory course I teach on the evolution and biology of human and animal behavior, I showed my students a website that demonstrates how to identify frog “genders.” I explained that this was a misuse of the term “gender”; what the author meant was how to identify frog sexes. Gender, I told the students, goes far beyond mere sex differences in appearance or behavior. It refers to something complex and abstract that may well be unique to Homo sapiens. ...read more

How Did Human Language Evolve? Scientists Still Don’t Know

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Humans have language and other animals don’t. That’s obvious, but how it happened is not. Since Darwin’s time, scientists have puzzled over the evolution of language. They can observe the present-day product: People today have the capacity for language, whether it be spoken, signed or written. And they can infer the starting state: The communication systems of other apes suggest abilities present in our shared ancestor. But the million-dollar question is what happened in betwe ...read more

Living in Space Makes Our Bodies More Susceptible to Infections

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Even just 30 days in space can significantly reduce our immune system’s ability to fight infection, suggests a new analysis of mice that spent a month aboard an orbiting spacecraft. The research, which was published December 6 in the journal Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, is a recent analysis of data from the Bion-M1 mission, which was a collaborative project carried out by NASA and the Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems in 2013. Space Mice As ...read more

Daily Crypto Roundup 12/7/2018

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As the week came to a close, the SEC further delayed the VanEck-SolidX ETF, gave further regulatory guidance against crypto market manipulation, and issued a cease and desist. Also, Coinbase looked at thirty-one potential crypto asset listings while bitcoin dropped below $3,400. Here are today’s headlines. SEC Delays VanEck SolidX Bitcoin ETF Until February Announced yesterday, the SEC has further delayed their decision for a bitcoin ETF approval. Back in June, the Chicago Board Options Ex ...read more

Scientists Find Planets Hidden in a Far-Off Cloud of Gas and Dust

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Planet Hunting In a vast cloud of dust and gas 450 light-years from Earth in the Taurus constellation, scientists have found evidence of a treasure trove of super-Earths and Neptune-sized planets. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, a team of researchers conducted a study of young stars in a gaseous, star-forming region of Taurus. The team observed and imaged 32 stars in the region that are surrounded by protoplanetary disks — rotating disks of dust and gas that surr ...read more

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