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A block chain or blockchain is a permissionless distributed database that maintains a continuously-growing list of transaction records hardened against tampering and revision. It consists of blocks, holding batches of individual transactions. Each block contains a timestamp and an information linking it to a previous block. The block chain is seen as the main technical innovation of bitcoin, where it serves as the decentralized public ledger of all bitcoin transactions. This original design has been the inspiration for other cryptocurrencies and distributed databases. In this series, we cover latest development stories related to blockchain and its applications around the world.

Blockchain Revolution Series

There are systems 'guarding' your data in cyberspace – but who is guarding the guards?

May 28, 2022 11:05 am UTC| Technology

We use internet-connected devices to access our bank accounts, keep our transport systems moving, communicate with our colleagues, listen to music, undertake commercially sensitive tasks and order pizza. Digital security...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Can you truly own anything in the metaverse? A law professor explains.

Apr 23, 2022 08:32 am UTC| Technology Digital Currency

In 2021, an investment firm bought 2,000 acres of real estate for about US$4 million. Normally this would not make headlines, but in this case the land was virtual. It existed only in a metaverse platform called The...

Blockchain Revolution Series

PUBLISH, YFUND to launch world’s first principal and interest receivables NFT minting service

Feb 22, 2022 08:23 am UTC| Business Technology

PUBLISH announced today that it has partnered with YFUND to provide worlds first principal and interest receivables NFT issuance service. Specific areas of cooperation include the development of a platform for...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Australian Open offers fans chance to get art ball NFTs with real-time match data

Jan 10, 2022 23:48 pm UTC| Sports Digital Currency Economy

Australian Open organizers have partnered with Decentraland, Run It Wild, and Metakey to offer tennis fans the chance to purchase non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that automatically update with metadata collected from the first...

Blockchain Revolution Series

How Covid broke supply chains, and how AI and blockchain could fix them

Jan 10, 2022 13:05 pm UTC| Technology

When the coronavirus crisis erupted in 2020, it became apparent that the medical emergency was accompanied by severe shortages, especially in some medical devices. The pattern was first observed for ventilators: demand...

Blockchain Revolution Series

PUBLISH announces first cohort of PUBLISHalliance members to participate in closed beta of PUBLISH Link

Nov 13, 2021 07:07 am UTC| Business

PUBLISHalliance, a blockchain media consortium spearheaded by PUBLISH Inc, is pleased to welcome its first cohort of members that will participate in a closed beta of PUBLISH Link, an API enabling news media organizations...

Blockchain Revolution Series

TikTok is partnering with a blockchain start-up. Here's why this could be good news for artists

Aug 22, 2021 01:33 am UTC| Technology

On August 17, TikTok announced it will partner with Audius, a streaming music platform, to manage its expansive internal audio library. Audius was not the obvious choice for partnering with the short video giant. A...

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Economy

New Orleans Pelicans renews local TV rights agreement with Bally Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans have renewed their local broadcast rights partnership with Bally Sports New Orleans, the local network managed by Sinclairs Diamond Sports Group (DSG). Under the new agreement, Bally Sports New...

S. Korea to crack down on speculative property investments by foreigners

South Koreas land ministry, justice ministry, and other agencies vowed to investigate foreigners speculative real estate investments. To better combat speculative investments, the authorities also intend to create zones...

Sales of gear for ball-based sports up 700% in S. Korea as social distancing ends

Various types of sports gear are gaining popularity in South Korea with the government dropping all social distancing measures. Online retailer Auction reported that between April 18 and June 20, sales of sports...

Patents for heat management system for eco-friendly cars up 11%

The Korea Intellectual Property Office reported that the submission of patents related to an integrated heat management system for eco-friendly cars mainly from China, the US, Japan, South Korea, and Europe jumped by an...

Osaka court sides with 7-Eleven in franchise contract termination case

The Osaka District Court dismissed a lawsuit claiming 7-Eleven Japan Co unjustly terminated its contract with a convenience store franchisee over his decision to stop late-night operations. The court also ordered...

Politics

US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland calls on Senate to investigate deaths of 500 indigenous children in schools

US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland made history as the first Native American to become a member of a presidential Cabinet. Haaland recently called on the Senate to pass the legislation that would probe the deaths of 500...

US VP Kamala Harris meets with Democratic Attorneys General in anticipation of Supreme Court abortion ruling

Months after a leaked majority draft opinion by the Supreme Court overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, the US is bracing for the formal striking down of the abortion rights law. Vice President Kamala Harris met...

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Kyiv begins trial of Russian soldier accused of rape

Legal proceedings are taking place in Ukraine as Kyiv begins prosecutions of Russian forces charged with crimes. Kyiv has begun its preliminary proceedings in the first trial of a Russian soldier charged with...

Myanmar coup: UN expert says ASEAN should rethink approach to crisis

Myanmar is facing unrest due to the coup staged by the generals to seize power and oust the elected government. The UN special rapporteur on human rights said the ASEAN regional grouping of countries must rethink their...

Science

Sea lettuce used as cow feed may lower marine ecosystem threat

A joint study conducted by a local feed manufacturer and Konkuk University showed that cows fed with a newly developed feed containing sea lettuce emitted 28 percent less methane gas than those who werent. Cows fed sea...

S. Korean scientists develop robot skin that senses tactile stimuli, self heals

A research team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a robot skin that can sense external tactile stimuli and recover from injury when damaged. The newly developed robot skin...

Absolut enlists startup's help in developing fiber-based bottle cap

The Absolut Company is enlisting the help of Swedish start-up Blue Ocean Closures in developing a fiber-based closure cap for its Absolut Vodka bottle. The caps design uses a combination of sustainably sourced FSC fiber...

S. Korea to produce biodegradable plastic with seaweed

South Koreas Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and a research team at Pohang University of Science and Technology will begin developing technology that uses marine plants to produce biodegradable plastic material. Among...

Researchers 'mask' cancer drug to spare healthy tissues while killing tumors

The University of Chicagos Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering has designed a method to keep a promising cancer drug from wreaking havoc until it reaches a tumor. As many cancer drugs often attack both healthy...

Technology

eBay acquires NFT marketplace startup KnownOrigin

eBay bought UK-based NFT marketplace KnownOrigin, which raised $3.5 million in February, for an undisclosed sum. KnownOrigin has amassed an impressive, ardent, and devoted group of artists and collectors, which are a...

‘Final Fantasy 16’ producer hopes to release a gameplay demo

Video game fans finally got confirmation that the much-awaited Final Fantasy 16 will be released next year. While a new trailer was unveiled a few weeks ago, much of the gameplay and narrative remain under wraps. But...

Apple’s Tim Cook says 'stay tuned' on what they will offer when asked about AR/VR tech

Apples first AR/VR headset has been in the rumor mill for a long time now, but reports have peaked in previous months as the tech giant is rumored to unveil the product in the near future. While Apple has remained silent...

iPhone 14 Pro Max battery may be downgraded, leak claims

A new iPhone 14 leak has claimed that Apple is planning to increase the battery capacity of its upcoming phones. However, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is not expected to get the same treatment. The high-end model is instead...

Blizzard confirms ‘World of Warcraft: Dragonflight’ will launch in 2022

World of Warcraft can now pre-purchase the games upcoming expansion called Dragonflight. Blizzard Entertainment also confirmed this week that the update would be released later this year. World of Warcraft: Dragonflight...
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