Home to 54 countries, the most on any continent, Africa’s growth in finance and banking has not been tremendous. Out of the unbanked population in the world, 350 million of them live in Africa, representing 17 percent of the global figure. The situation looks grimmer when you come to the continent: the unbanked represent between 66 and 80 percent of the population of Africa.
There are many causes for this appalling situation, including numerous political, economic, and social problems ...read more
There’s been an interesting discussion on Twitter about senior scientists who pressure their students or postdocs into scientific misconduct or otherwise poor science:
Bullying students into providing the “right” results: research misconduct by proxy?
This is probably among the worst but receives little attention
— Simon Eickhoff (@INM7_ISN) January 19, 2019
Today, I was made aware of a site called Bullied Into Bad Science which aims to tackle this problem.
Founded by ...read more
The cryptocurrency community has a lot to keep up with. There are many different aspects of the networks that get debated in the crypto-community constantly. From blocksize, to blocktime, to specific transaction scripting, this nascent technology has a lot of neat features and customizations.
One of these features that can be taken advantage of is off-chain transactions, which allow for instant and free transfers of money. Because this type of transaction is not the default operation, some may m ...read more
Pain can light up all regions of the body, making us feel bad. Scientists have now found the brain cells behind that agony. (Credit: Lightspring/shutterstock)
A group of researchers have found the brain cells responsible for the emotional unpleasantness of pain — well, they’ve at least found them in mice. But the results, published in Science, could help scientists develop new treatments for chronic pain if that same cluster of cells exits in humans.
“While painful stim ...read more
Sixty-two breathtaking minutes of totality highlight the five-hour total lunar eclipse the night of January 20/21.
A total eclipse of the moon will be visible in its entirety across North and South America this weekend. For more than an hour the night of January 20/21, the colors from all Earth’s sunrises and sunsets bathe the Full moon in an ethereal orange glow.
As sunlight passes through Earth’s atmosphere, our blanket of air strips out the short-wavelength blues and yellows and ...read more
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