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Bitcoin Mining Guzzles Energy—And Its Carbon Footprint Just Keeps Growing

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been ignoring the bitcoin phenomenon for years — because it seemed too complex, far-fetched, or maybe even too libertarian. But if you have any interest in a future where the world moves beyond fossil fuels, you and I should both start paying attention now.

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Virtual Chaos

Pic: ReutersU.S. regulatory arbitrage is moving into cyberspace. The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday took its first action against an initial coin offering – just days after the Commodity Futures Trading Commission gave the green light for Chicago exchanges CME Group and the CBOE to trade bitcoin futures. The growing regulatory discord on virtual currencies increases the risks to investors.

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The Rohingya Tragedy Shows Human Solidarity Is A Lie

Pic: Al Jazeera (The Rohingya tragedy has shown how a UN member State can have an internal policy built on racial and religious discrimination, writes Karman)

Nobody argues any more about what is happening in Myanmar. The United Nations, international human rights organisations and world capitals all agree that the war being waged on the Rohingya Muslims is a clear example of ethnic cleansing and genocide.

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Hadas: Bitcoin At $10,000 Is Even More Dangerous

Pic: ReutersLONDON: Bitcoin is in danger of becoming something like respectable. The CME Group plans to start trading futures in the crypto-currency, treating it like a genuine asset with a vaguely predictable value. Devotees are delighted, and critics, like me, look foolish. I predicted imminent collapse back in 2013 when the price was $87. On Wednesday, it hit $10,000.

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Bitcoin Is Getting Really Close To $10,000. Here's What Analysts Are Saying.

Bitcoin is on its way to being worth $10,000 per coin. Currently, the cryptocurrency is up 800% compared to the beginning of the year, when it was priced at $968 per coin. As of this evening, the price was a few hundred dollars shy of $10,000.

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Chrissy Teigen Is Expecting Baby No. 2! And That's Not The Only 'Major' Announcement

Chrissy Teigen pulled off the most adorable baby announcement ever — with the help of her 1-year-old daughter, Luna.

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Da Vinci Record Vividly Depicts Scarcity Value

Pic: ReutersNEW YORK/HONG KONG: Scarcity value was on vivid display on Wednesday night at Christie’s in New York. The auction house sold Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” for $450 million to an unidentified telephone bidder, after hyping the 16th-century work with a weeks-long world tour. That price, more than four times Christie’s roughly $100 million estimate, makes it by far the most expensive piece of art ever sold at auction.

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Now Computers Are Writing Perfectly Acceptable Pop Songs

Taryn Southern is making an entire album co-written by artificial intelligence software

"Ugh," my dad used to grunt when I switched on Radio 1 . "This music sounds like it was written by a computer".

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Cancer Doctors Cite Risks Of Drinking Alcohol

The American Society of Clinical Oncology, which represents many of the nation’s top cancer doctors, is calling attention to the ties between alcohol and cancer. In a statement published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the group cites evidence that even light drinking can slightly raise a woman’s risk of breast cancer and increase a common type of esophageal cancer.

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This Man Proposing To His Girlfriend With 25 iPhone Xs Has Just Set The Bar Pretty High

This man has set the bar pretty high now for all the lovers out there who are anxious and excited to propose to their other half.

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