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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

U.S. Energy Department explores blockchain for P2P energy transactions

Jan 26, 2018 04:03 am UTC| Digital Currency

The U.S. Department Of Energys (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is partnering with blockchain startup BlockCypher for peer-to-peer (p2p) energy transactions facilitated via blockchain. NREL and...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Certification giant DNV GL to tap blockchain to improve efficiency of supply chains

Jan 26, 2018 03:16 am UTC| Digital Currency

Advisory firm DNV GL has partnered with blockchain startup VeChain as it seeks to leverage blockchain technology to enhance the efficiency of supply chains. In its official release, DNV GL revealed its plans to...

Blockchain Revolution Series

MercuryFX, IDT partner with Ripple for low-cost global payments

Jan 25, 2018 09:43 am UTC| Digital Currency

Telecom company IDT and global currency exchange provider MercuryFX are joining forces with blockchain startup Ripple to use xRapid, Ripples solution for on-demand liquidity, for quick settlement of retail remittances and...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Worldwide blockchain spending likely seen at $9.2B in 2021: IDC

Jan 25, 2018 08:48 am UTC| Digital Currency

In its inaugural Worldwide Semiannual Blockchain Spending Guide, market intelligence firm International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that the worldwide spending on blockchain solutions will reach $2.1 billion in 2018,...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Volkswagen executive joins blockchain non-profit IOTA Foundation’s Supervisory Board

Jan 25, 2018 06:05 am UTC| Digital Currency

The IOTA Foundation, an open-source non-profit foundation, has announced that Chief Digital Officer of Volkswagen, Johann Jungwirth, is joining the Foundations Supervisory Board. Jungwirth served as the Chief Digital...

Blockchain Revolution Series

NTT DATA, Skuchain partner to develop blockchain-based supply chain solution for enterprises

Jan 25, 2018 05:18 am UTC| Digital Currency

Japans leading IT services provider NTT DATA has partnered with blockchain firm Skuchain to empower enterprise supply chains with blockchain. Under the partnership, the companies will finish building an integrated...

Blockchain Revolution Series

UN announces blockchain coalition initiative for enhanced climate action

Jan 25, 2018 04:13 am UTC| Digital Currency

The UN Climate Change secretariat has announced a Climate Chain Coalition which will aim to explore and use blockchain technology in support of climate action. Last month, multi-stakeholder group of 25 organizations...

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Economy

UK gilts suffer ahead of BoE Governor Carney’s speech, January employment report

The UK gilts suffered during European session Monday as investors wait to watch Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carneys speech, scheduled to be held later today and the countrys employment report for the month of...

German bunds slump ahead of February ZEW economic sentiment index, manufacturing PMI

The German bunds slumped Monday ahead of the countrys ZEW economic sentiment index and the manufacturing PMI for the month of February, scheduled to be released on February 20 and 22 by 10:00GMT and 08:30GMT...

German bunds slump ahead of February ZEW economic sentiment index, manufacturing PMI

The German bunds slumped Monday ahead of the countrys ZEW economic sentiment index and the manufacturing PMI for the month of February, scheduled to be released on February 20 and 22 by 10:00GMT and 08:30GMT...

EUR/HUF likely to rise to 315.00 by Q3 2018: Commerzbank

The Hungarian forint is expected torise to a level of 315.00 against the euro by the third quarter of this year, according to a recent research report from Commerzbank. HungarianCPI data for January turned out to be...

Thailand 2018 GDP growth seen at 3.7 pct y/y, investment activity to pick up only gradually: ANZ Research

Thailands full-year gross domestic product (GDP) for 2018 is expected to come in at 3.7 percent y/y, with investment activity picking up only gradually during the year. Further, government infrastructure spending is...

Politics

For black celebrities like Oprah, it's impossible to be apolitical

Oprah Winfreys rousing Golden Globe speech has many speculating whether the media mogul will become a presidential candidate in 2020, with some pundits questioning the merits of another celebrity president. But to...

Politicians are inflating the evidence used to justify tax increases

Chris Doucouliagos, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Deakin Business School and Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University Many government policies are flawed because...

GOP tax plan doubles down on policies that are crushing the middle class

The U.S. middle class has always had a special mystique. It is the heart of the American dream. A decent income and home, doing better than ones parents, and retiring in comfort are all hallmarks of a middle-class...

What does Ramaphosa's victory mean for South Africa's economy?

A great deal is expected from Cyril Ramaphosa who was elected as the president of South Africas governing party, the African National Congress (ANC). This positions him to become the countrys president in 2019. Sibonelo...

Cyril Ramaphosa prepares to confront South Africa's bleak future

Among all the remarkable turns in African politics this year, one of the most momentous was Decembers ANC party congress in South Africa, where the party chose a new president: Cyril Ramaphosa, who narrowly bested...

Science

Ozone Layer Update; Not Recovering As Expected For Unknown Reasons

In the late 90s, the issue regarding the hole in the ozone layer was big in the public consciousness, but it quickly faded in light of a new gigantic threat in the form of climate change. In recent years, scientists have...

Scientists Wants To Use Poison As Male Birth Control

The pharmaceutical industry or indeed the drug market has historically used a variety of organic substances and resources to create medicine for various applications. Several poisonous plants, for example, have been turned...

Children Given New Ear Grown From Their Own Cells

Growing human body parts has been the focus of study for many in the medical industry for decades. In a recent breakthrough, a new study revealed that children with underdeveloped ears were given new ones that were grown...

Scientists Are Now Turning To AI-Powered Viruses To Kill Drug-Resistant Superbugs

Due to the proliferation of antibiotics and the careless disposal of these drugs into the environment, many drug-resistant strains of bacteria have started popping up. Aptly called Superbugs, these microorganisms have...

Mega Cities To Suffer Most Due To Rising Temperatures, Heat Waves To Assault Urban Poor And Rich Alike

Thanks to global warming, the planets temperature continues to rise despite the best attempts of countries trying to curtail the effects of carbon emissions. In a recent study, researchers have found that this rising...

Technology

Twitter Surprises Everyone By Actually Making Money

Twitter has been a bit of an oddity in the tech industry since its inception, in that it doesnt really make much money. Unlike Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook, the sitting U.S. presidents preferred social media platform...

Fortnite Battle Royale’s Valentine’s Patch Is Here And Players Get A Crossbow

One of the best things about Epic Games Fortnite Battle Royale is the many quirky, and often timely events that it provides to its millions of players. Since Valentines Day is coming up, its only fitting that players would...

Renewable Energy Made Up Half Of New U.S. Energy In 2017

2017 saw one of the fastest adoption rates for renewable energy yet, with about half the added power coming from green sources. This is the fourth time that renewables outpaced natural gas as new additions to the power...

Elon Musk Throws Shade At LIDAR For Driverless Cars, Calls It A Crutch

LIDAR is one of the foremost technologies being used in developing self-driving technology right now, with big names like Googles Waymo and Uber frantically trying to claim supremacy using the tool. In his usual renegade...

Google Sued, Accused Of Knowingly Selling Broken Pixel Phones

When Google launched the first batch of Pixel phones, the products received mixed reactions from the industry. Many critics loved it but just as many had issues with it. Apparently, theres a portion of customers who...
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