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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

The Ethereum merge could kick off a transformation in crypto's battered reputation

Sep 10, 2022 08:07 am UTC| Technology

Cryptocurrencies might still be a very long way from their highs of 2021, but some of the major ones have staged some decent recoveries in the past couple of months. Notably ether (ETH), the second largest cryptocurrency...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Central bank digital currencies could mean the end of democracy

Aug 02, 2022 04:22 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

In recent years, we have witnessed a growing interest in the idea of central bank digital currencies. Similar to cash, central bank digital currencies are a form of money issued by central banks. In each country, a...

Blockchain Revolution Series

IPXHOP ties up with Meta Planet - A step closer to global expansion

Jul 28, 2022 07:30 am UTC| Business

The two businesses are collaborating on IP for games tailored for the NFT marketplace. IPXHOP (IPXHOP CEO Lee Hyo-sung) announced today that it has signed a business agreement with Meta Planet (METAPLANET CEO Kim...

Blockchain Revolution Series

PUBLISH, Lamda256 join forces to build out web3 services for news media

Jul 27, 2022 09:54 am UTC| Business

PUBLISH announced today that it has signed a strategic partnership with Lamda256. Lamda256 is a subsidiary of Dunamu, which also operates Upbit, Koreas largest cryptocurrency exchange. Lambda256s flagship service is...

Blockchain Revolution Series

‘Minecraft’ NFT: Mojang won’t allow blockchain tech in the game because it promotes ‘scarcity and exclusion’

Jul 22, 2022 06:36 am UTC| Technology Digital Currency Business

Minecraft fans have been asking developer Mojang Studios to clarify its position and policies on NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and other blockchain technologies. The company has now provided a comprehensive statement on the...

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...

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Economy

Ford Motor announces price cuts on Mustang Mach-E electric car models

Ford Motor Company is lowering the prices of its Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles, just weeks after Tesla announced price cuts for its EVs. While the automaker is trimming the prices, it is increasing the production of its...

Coca-Cola to use new tethered caps in EU markets

Coca-Cola will begin using a new tethered closure designed to remain intact with its PET bottle, making it less likely to be littered and more likely to be recycled. The lightweight, tethered closure was designed by...

Gucci’s new creative director Sabato De Sarno tasked to reignite heat, boost timeless appeal

Sabato De Sarno has been appointed as creative director by Kering to reinvigorate its Gucci brand by sparking heat with a new direction. Analysts say the task is delicate, given the emphasis executives have also put on...

Hong Kong to enforce CBD ban on February

Hong Kongs ban on cannabidiol (CBD) comes into effect on February 1, imposing harsh penalties for importing, producing, or possessing the substance. CBD will be subject to the same strict controls as other drugs listed...

Nike, Tiffany & Co. collaborate on sneakers

Tiffany Co. and Nike are collaborating on a pair of black and robins egg-blue shoes, dubbed the Tiffany Co. x Nike Air Force 1 1837. Nike announced its collaboration with Tiffany Co. on Instagram, posting a...

Politics

US: Biden administration to propose Obamacare expansion to cover birth control

The Biden administration this week proposed a new provision to the Affordable Care Act that would expand coverage to access birth control. The provision would be for women whose employers have opted out of contraceptive...

UK PM Sunak says acted 'decisively' in dismissing Conservative party chair Zahawi over tax case

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said his dismissal of Conservative Party chair Nadhim Zahawi was done decisively following the findings of the ethics probe over Zahawis tax affairs. Sunaks comments are part of efforts...

East China Sea: China coast guard drives away Japanese vessels off disputed islets

The Chinese coast guard said it has driven away Japanese vessels that were transiting through disputed islets in the East China Sea. The incident marks another flare in tensions between China and Japan over the...

Russia-Ukraine war: Zelenskyy visits Mykolaiv, meets with Danish PM Frederiksen

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the southern territory of Mykolaiv this week to meet with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. The meeting marks a rare instance a foreign leader visited an area close to...

Science

S. Korean researchers develop urine test that diagnoses cancer

A South Korean research team has developed a strip-type urine test that successfully diagnoses prostate and pancreatic cancer on-site by amplifying the optical signal of the metabolome in urine. The joint research team...

S. Korea to invest ₩275 billion in biopharma R&D projects

South Korea will invest 274.6 billion won in the bio-industry this year for 252 new RD projects in the four fields of biopharmaceuticals, healthcare, biomaterials, and medical equipment in 2023. According to South...

Scientists have started steering lightning with lasers – here's how

Lightning may look beautiful but every year it kills thousands of people, does huge amounts of damage to buildings and infrastructure, and causes power outages. The only protection we have is lightning rods, which were...

Our Solar System is filled with asteroids that are particularly hard to destroy, new study finds

A vast amount of rocks and other material are hurtling around our Solar System as asteroids and comets. If one of these came towards us, could we successfully prevent the collision between an asteroid and Earth? Well,...

Eisai, Biogen apply for Alzheimer's drug approval in Japan

Eisai Co. and Biogen Inc. hope to gain approval with the Japanese health ministry by the end of the year of an Alzheimers drug that could both treat the cause and slow symptom progression. The U.S. Food and Drug...

Technology

McDonald’s tests robot-manned restaurant in US

McDonalds has opened its first restaurant almost without employees in White Settlement, a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas, USA. A video of this restaurant posted on Twitter shows that once a customer walks in, theres no one...

Osaka University designs anti-insect laser gun that could work on roaches too

A research team at Osaka Universitys Institute of Laser Engineering has created a blue laser diode gun that could target and lock on to insects weak spots before firing a precision beam. Led by Professors Hiroshi Fuji...

Intel loses $8 billion in market value after revealing dim forecast

Intel Corp saw about $8 billion wiped off its market value after it fanned fears in the personal computer market by predicting a loss for the first quarter and giving a revenue forecast of $3 billion below...

SK Telecom steps into AI coffee robot biz

SK Telecom is launching an unmanned coffee robot service dubbed AI Barista Robot in collaboration with Doosan Robotics Co. The robot can make about 20 different types of coffee and drinks and offers coffee that...

LG Innotek's net up 10.3% in 2022 on auto components demand

LG Innotek Co. posted a net income of 979.8 billion won in 2022, up 10 percent on-year, due to robust sales of high-value products and growing demand from automotive components. The company, an affiliate of LG group and...
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