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Scientists Trying a Cow Trick: Adding Seaweed to Feed

August 31, 2018 |

University of California researchers are feeding seaweed to dairy cows in an attempt to make cattle more climate-friendly, per the AP . UC Davis is studying whether adding small amounts of seaweed to cattle feed can help reduce their emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that’s released when cattle burp,…

Blockchair Feed Reveals Messages Encoded in the BCH, BTC and ETH Blockchains

May 20, 2018 |

Blockchair Feed Reveals Messages Encoded in the BCH, BTC and ETH Blockchains

Blockchain exploration service Blockchair has launched a new analytics tool. Blockchair Feed decodes the messages that are written into the BCH, BTC, and ETH networks. The results can be viewed in a real-time feed comprised of messages that range from the banal to the enigmatic.

Also read: A Brief History of Hidden Messages in the Bitcoin Blockchain

Feast on a Banquet of Messages with Blockchair Feed

Blockchain explorer Blockchair is widely used by the bitcoin cash and core communities for searching for transactions and checking data pertaining to market prices, dominance, and network performance. It’s also one of the few blockchain explorers that enables users to search for specific words or phrases hidden in transactions. Its latest tool goes a step further and decodes these messages in realtime as they are published on each of the three blockchains.

Blockchair Feed Reveals Messages Encoded in the BCH, BTC and ETH Blockchains
A sample message decoded by Blockchair Feed

Blockchair Feed provides a fascinating and occasionally bizarre glimpse into the conversations that people are having, sometimes with specific people, and sometimes with the world at large, via their favorite blockchain. Most of the messages that can be viewed in the feed come from the BCH network. That’s largely thanks to the success of micro-blogging social networks such as Memo and Blockpress. Each of these capitalizes on the low fees of bitcoin cash, making it practical to message other users via the OP_Return field. Thanks to the recent upgrade to the BCH network, the size of this field has increased, giving rise to even more possibilities for onchain communication.

Blockchair Feed Reveals Messages Encoded in the BCH, BTC and ETH Blockchains

Of the two social networks, Blockpress has the cleaner UI which is reminiscent of Twitter. After creating a profile, header, and username, users can dispatch short messages that include emojis. Judging by the spate of messages appearing in the Blockchair Feed, however, Memo is the busier of the BCH social networks at present. As previously reported by, people have been encoding messages in blockchains for years. The BTC blockchain, for example, contains six marriage proposals. Now, thanks to the rise of tools such as Blockchair Feed, coupled with services like Memo and Blockpress, reading those messages – and even replying to them – has gotten a lot easier.

Have you tried using Blockpress or Memo yet and if so what are your thoughts on these services? Let us know in the comments section below.

Images courtesy of Shutterstock, and Blockchair Feed.

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Wall Street Creates Global Cryptocurrency Data Feed

January 19, 2018 |

Wall Street Creates Global Cryptocurrency Data Feed

New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) parent Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE) has announced it is creating a global cryptocurrency data feed, active by the year’s first quarter.

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Wall Street Teams with Bitcoin Developer

“Access to comprehensive price discovery is vital to accurately value the cryptocurrency market,” a newly created ICE landing page reads. “Our Cryptocurrency Data Feed, available on the ICE Consolidated Feed, gives you access to streaming real-time, end of day and historical data for the most actively traded digital currencies.”

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE) owns several exchanges from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to subsidiaries in Singapore and Netherlands. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, it’s a Fortune 500 company looking to enter the burgeoning cryptocurrency market. Blockstream is a private company geared toward bitcoin core applications, especially sidechains, and funds many bitcoin core projects, and will act as its partner.

Wall Street Creates Global Cryptocurrency Data Feed

The Feed will include “broad coverage” of six major cryptocurrencies: bitcoin core, ethereum, litecoin, dash, ripple, and bitcoin cash. The collaboration also promises “to offer multi-asset and multi-venue data from cryptocurrency exchanges globally, which will be available in the first quarter of 2018,” capturing “nearly 80% of crypto-exchange trading volume for the most active currency pairs.”

“All crosses are captured and normalized,” ICE explains, “which creates a unique sequence number, details on where the trade took place, and other relevant order book data such as quantity, price, currency and timestamp.” ICE also promises over “two years of Bitcoin (XBT) history; XBT/USD averages over 200,000 updates per day; in excess of 600,000 updates per day across all digital pairs.”

Wall Street Creates Global Cryptocurrency Data Feed

Low Latency, Quality Information

The new feed “initially include data from more than 15 cryptocurrency exchange venues globally,” ICE COO Lynn Martin is quoted as saying, “With the broad array of cryptocurrencies and exchanges, and given the price variances between exchanges, it’s critical that investors have a comprehensive source of pricing information.”

The six cryptocurrencies will be “measured against the U.S. Dollar and other major currency pairs,” the announcement continued. “Blockstream works with cryptocurrency exchanges around the world and consolidates the disparate data sets into a normalized and standardized data source that includes real-time and historical trade information, as well as other relevant order book data such as quantities, prices, currencies, and timestamps.”

Wall Street Creates Global Cryptocurrency Data Feed
Lynn Martin

The team’s hope is to limit latency in price discovery, providing as close to real-time and quality information as possible. “The ICE Data Services Consolidated Feed provides access to over 450 normalized real-time market data feeds and is part of ICE’s Connectivity service,” they stress.

It’s too early to know just yet if The Feed will compete with Coinmarketcap and other aggregators already established, but perhaps Wall Street professionals will be drawn to the legitimacy and gravitas ICE brings, furthering the crypto mainstreaming trend.

What do you think this teaming will accomplish? Let us know in the comments section below.

Images courtesy of Pixabay, ICE, Blockstream.

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Facebook shares tumble after changes to its News Feed that could shrink ad revenue

January 12, 2018 |

Facebook shares were down more than 4% early Friday to $ 180.10 after the social network announced it was making major changes to its signature News Feed.

Facebook said it would begin prioritizing posts from users’ friends and families that spark the most interaction over posts from brands and publishers.

L.A. Times – Business

Facebook to Overhaul How It Presents News in Feed

January 12, 2018 |

Facebook is broadly overhauling the way it presents news and information on its platform, as it struggles to address criticism from users and others about the quality of the content shared there and its effect on society. US Business

Cops: Worker Tried to Feed Colleague Into Wood Chipper

May 4, 2017 |

Worst colleague ever? Oregon man Scott Edward Iverson, 26, has been charged with assault and attempted murder after allegedly trying to push a fellow worker at a tree service company near Salem head-first into a wood chipper. Police say a witness told them that as 22-year-old Austin Crawford was loading…

Facebook’s Big Problem: Its Own News Feed

April 28, 2017 |

Facebook has become a formidable player on the news, political, and entertainment landscapes, with more than 1.8 billion active viewers a month. But its “gargantuan influence” has become its “biggest liability,” Farhad Manjoo writes in the New York Times , unpacking how the site was the ideal conduit, especially during…

This ‘Super Food’ Could Feed the Planet

February 19, 2017 |

It has been hailed as a super food, a nutrient-packed , gluten-free dish that even carb counters can get behind. But could quinoa feed a hungry planet? That’s the hope behind a new effort by scientists who’ve unlocked the humble grain’s genome. “Quinoa has great potential to enhance global food security,…