Why energy-sapping bitcoin mining is here to stay
The enormous use of energy needed to mine bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is proving to be very contentious, but alternative methods pose far too much of a security risk.
The recent warning that electricity use at...
Global Geopolitical Series: U.S. Commerce Department announces final AD on imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia
Last night, the U.S. Commerce Department announced final results of the Anti-dumping investigations on imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. The investigation was initiated back in November last year in...
U.S. Leading Economic Index likely to have risen strongly in January – Wells Fargo
The U.S. Leading Economic Index had risen for the 16th straight month in December by 0.6 percent. According to a Wells Fargo research report, the index is expected to have risen further in the month of January.
U.K. jobless rate rises slightly in three months to December
The U.K. Labor Force Survey estimates showed today that between July to September 2017 and October to December 2017, the number of people in work and the number of unemployed people both increased; however, the number of...
Polish industrial output and retail sales data come in strong in January, GDP growth likely to be strong
Polands official statistics office released another set of monthly macroeconomic data, which indicate towards very robust performance of the Polish economy in the first quarter of this year. While the Polish industrial...
Russian central bank likely to continue cutting rates through 2018
The Central Bank or Russia has been lowering rates steadily and is likely to carry on with cutting rates through 2018, noted Commerzbank in a research report. There was a slight question mark raised by super-strong January...
Fundamental Evaluation Series: USD/CHF vs. 2-year yield divergence
During our evaluation period beginning 2012, the yield spread between the US 2-year bond and a Swiss equivalent has widened by almost 200 basis points but the exchange rate hasnt followed through as much as it should have...
Euro area flash PMI indices fall in February, financial markets impact economic sentiment
The euphoric mood in the euro area economy is likely to have been dampened by the abrupt end of the long period of nonchalance on the financial markets. The purchasing managers index for manufacturing for the euro area...
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Crude prices were mixed yesterday, as lower-than-expected inventories buoyed the U.S. crude grade while refinery maintenance in Europe weighed on oil prices in the region but tumbled sharply today, weighed by the U.S....
German bunds jump ahead of February manufacturing, services PMI
The German bunds jumped during early European session Wednesday as investors wait to watch the countrys manufacturing as well as services PMI for the month of February, both scheduled to be released today by 08:30GMT...
Australian wage growth picks up in Q4, driven by rise in public sector wages
Australias wage growth finally looks to be picking up, posting the first upward surprise since Q4 2013. The strength was concentrated in public sector wages but some catch-up in private wages in Q1 this year is expected as...
Japanese bonds trade nearly flat as investors eye January inflation data
Japanese bonds traded nearly flaton Wednesdayas investors eyed January consumer inflation data scheduled to be releasedon Thursdayat23:30GMT. Also, the market now look ahead to the marquee event for the week in...
Before hitting the road, self-driving cars should have to pass a driving test
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What should a self-driving car do when a nearby vehicle is swerving unpredictably back and forth on the road, as if its driver were drunk? What about encountering a vehicle driving the wrong way? Before autonomous cars are...
Researchers Want To Turn Jellyfish Into Junkfood Replacement
Right now, there is an epidemic of junk food addiction all over the world where people of all ages, genders, shapes, and sizes are digging into chips, crusts, crisps, and crunches that really arent healthy for anyone to...
SpaceX Wants 12,000 Satellites In Orbit To Provide High-Speed Internet, To Launch First 2 On Thursday
Elon Musks private space company, SpaceX is planning on launching a Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Officially, the rocket will be carrying a satellite called Paz, which is a...
Scientists Finally Settle GMO Case; They Are Safe, Period
The debate over how safe genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are to eat has been raging for years. One side is composed of health-conscious individuals who are worried that private companies are meddling with nature too...
Alt-Right Claims Twitter Purge, Potential Collateral Damage In Bot Wars
Twitter is a haven for trolls where users regularly display abusive behavior toward other users, companies, celebrity figures, or even ideas. In an attempt to stamp out these kinds of people, the platform has been...
Twitch Offers Viewers Incentive To Watch Overwatch League
As an already hugely popular platform that can crash even with only several hundred thousands of views, Twitch is still looking to draw in more people to use its service. With the Overwatch League being such a big deal,...
Apple Heads Off Potential Battery Supply Shortage With Direct Cobalt Miner Deal
As one of the worlds largest smartphone manufacturers, its only natural that Apple would be worried about supply shortages that could affect its products. This is apparently why it is now making a deal with cobalt miners...
Wyoming House unanimously passes bill on utility token securities exemptions
In a unanimous decision, the Wyoming House of Representatives has passed a bill that seeks to exempt some utility tokens from securities regulations, CoinDesk reported.
House Bill 70 is An ACT relating to securities;...
Blockchain Revolution Series
Indian PM Narendra Modi talks blockchain
The Indian government is gradually warming up to the blockchain revolution that has already engulfed major economies of the world.
While the Indian banking sector has been actively involved in blockchain space with...
PC Gaming Cloud Service By Blade Launched In US
Gaming PCs are becoming more expensive by the day and this goes doubly true for those who are planning on building their own rigs thanks to the soaring prices of GPUs due to crypto mining. As such, this is the perfect time...