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‘It is a game changer’: Waging war on climate change from space

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The battle against climate change — and to mitigate some of its most deadly effects — is increasingly being waged from space. Satellites are measuring the rate of icebergs calving into the Arctic Ocean and outbreaks of phytoplankton from rising water temperatures and pollution. Soon, they will be used to “persistently pinpoint” the amount of methane and carbon dioxide spewing from factories and power plants most responsible for supercharging the planet. As President Joe Biden and other world leaders gather in Scotland this week for the United Nations’ annual climate…

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Companies mull ending government contracts over vaccine mandate

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Objections among certain vendors over President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors are reaching an inflection point. As the deadline for workforce vaccination approaches, some trucking companies are mulling whether to end their work with the federal government altogether, according to two industry insiders. In an interview, the American Trucking Associations’ executive vice president for advocacy Bill Sullivan told POLITICO that some companies may simply decide that the cost of the mandate is not worth the government’s checks. Sullivan said he has raised concerns to the White House, Office…

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The suburban Virginia block that explains how Democrats might be about to blow it

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Drive down this leafy stretch of Crestwood Drive and it is clear 2021 is an election year in Virginia. A visitor with no other context, however, might suppose that Election Day is still a couple months away. Or perhaps was a couple months ago. It sure doesn’t look like an exquisitely close race for governor in a contest with big national implications is down to its final hours. Here are a couple of yard signs for Democrat Terry McAuliffe. Over there are a couple of signs for…

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How ‘Dreamers’ Became America’s ‘Forever Children’

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Consider the backdrop against which Democrats in Congress are debating how to help the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country: Border Patrol agents on horseback rounding up Haitian asylum seekers; toddlers huddled on the frigid floors of detention facilities under Mylar blankets; President Barack Obama’s record deportation numbers; the post-9/11 transformation of border flows into matters of national security; multiple failed attempts at bipartisan, comprehensive reform. In this tumult, one approach — one even endorsed by the Supreme Court — might seem deceptively obvious to any legislator tasked with…

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5 questions when the Supreme Court takes up the Texas abortion law

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Texas’ abortion ban goes back before the Supreme Court on Monday, where both abortion clinics and the Biden administration will argue that the law violates longstanding precedent protecting the right to terminate a pregnancy and threatens to unleash a stream of copycat laws that range far beyond abortion. Though the Court split 5-4 in declining to block the unique ban before it took effect in September, the justices now have before them evidence of the sweeping impact it’s had on the ground. After Monday’s showdown, they may come to a…

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Patreon Considers Allowing Creators to Use Crypto for Monetization

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Patreon, the membership platform, is pondering the idea of letting creators in its platform issue their own creator coins. The statement, that constituted a revelation, was offered by Patreon CEO and co-founder Jack Conte and Chief Product Officer Julian Gutman during The Information’s 2021 Creator Economy Summit. This is consistent with a report presented last September that evaluated using crypto as part of the platform. Patreon Flirts With Crypto Patreon, the well known membership organization, is now pondering the idea of introducing crypto elements to add new revenue paths, according…

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Finder Survey: Nigeria’s 24.2% Adoption Rating Is the Highest Rate of Crypto Ownership Globally

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According to the latest Finder Cryptocurrency Adoption Index, in October 2021, Nigeria had the highest rate of cryptocurrency ownership globally, at 24.2%. Bitcoin Is the Most Popular Coin in Nigeria In addition to finding the West African nation as the country with the highest proportion of citizens that hold cryptocurrencies globally, the survey also discovered that “of the 1 in 4 online adults in Nigeria who own some form of cryptocurrency, bitcoin is the most popular coin in Nigeria at 66.5% of crypto owners.” Alternatively, this means more than half…

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A New Academic Paper Describes 3 Attack Methods Against an Ethereum PoS Chain

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Following the Altair upgrade on the Ethereum network, the protocol’s native cryptocurrency reached a new all-time price high. Altair is the next step for the Ethereum’s network’s proof-of-stake (PoS) transition. However, a recently submitted white paper explains that a group of computer scientists from Stanford University and the Ethereum Foundation believe there are three attack vectors “on [a] proof-of-stake Ethereum” blockchain. The 3 Attacks Against Ethereum Thesis Aims to Describe a Proof-of-Stake Problem Based on Evidence The Ethereum network currently has a proof-of-work (PoW) consensus mechanism and in time, the…

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Mad Money’s Jim Cramer Invests in Crypto Because ‘There Could Be Millions of Greater Fools Out There’

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The host of Mad Money, Jim Cramer, has some advice for crypto investors. “As long as you recognize the very real possibility that the whole investment case for crypto rests on the greater fool theory, you’ve got my blessing to speculate on it,” he said. Cramer added that he is holding ether because he believes “there could be millions of greater fools out there.” Jim Cramer’s Crypto Investing Advice The host of the Mad Money show on CNBC, Jim Cramer, talked about crypto investing Thursday. The former hedge fund manager…

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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Warns Governments Will Never Allow Crypto to Be Out of Their Control

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak sees bitcoin as mathematical purity, praising its fixed supply. However, he said that governments will never allow it to be out of their control. “If it got to the point where everything is being done in crypto and didn’t pass through governments for observation and taxation and all that, governments would just disallow it,” said the Apple co-founder. Steve Wozniak Says Governments Will Never Allow Crypto to Be Out of Their Control Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak talked about cryptocurrency in an interview with Yahoo Finance Friday.…

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