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World’s 50 best restaurants features a surprise No. 1

June 26, 2019 |

There’s a new world’s best restaurant — and it isn’t the one that many were expecting.
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SpaceX Launches World’s Heftiest Rocket

June 25, 2019 |

SpaceX launched its heftiest rocket with 24 research satellites Tuesday, a middle-of-the-night rideshare featuring a deep space atomic clock, solar sail, a clean and green rocket fuel testbed, and even human ashes. It was the third flight of a Falcon Heavy rocket, but the first ordered by the military. The…
Newser

Scamp the Tramp wins World’s Ugliest Dog Contest

June 22, 2019 |

Amid a sea of snaggleteeth, bug eyes and slobbery, hanging tongues, the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest crowned a new champion.
FOX News

Study Raises Alarming Stat About the World’s Plants

June 11, 2019 |

“Most people can name a mammal or bird that has become extinct in recent centuries, but few can name an extinct plant,” says Aleys Humphreys, co-author of a gloomy new study on the fate of the planet’s plants. Here, then, are three plants that have disappeared in the last 250…
Newser

Report: World’s Most Expensive Painting Is on Prince’s Yacht

June 11, 2019 |

A $ 450 million Leonardo da Vinci painting could end up in Davy Jones’ locker if Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s superyacht sinks, according to Artnet , which says it has tracked down “the world’s most expensive, missing-in-action painting.” Sources tell Artnet that the painting was “whisked away” on the prince’s…
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London will soon be home to the world’s most frightening hotel pool

June 8, 2019 |

London will soon be home to the world’s most frightening hotel poolHave you ever visited a hotel and thought to yourself "Boy, this place would be so much better if the entire roof was a pool"? Well, if you happen to live in the United Kingdom, today is your lucky day!Compass Pools, a UK-based pool maker, is currently hashing out what it calls the "Infinity London," a 55-story skyscraper topped with a 360-degree pool with transparent walls. The building, which was designed from top to bottom by the company, will include a five-star hotel, and the pool is expected to be the main attraction.Making a pool suitable for sticking atop a 55-story building posed some serious technical hurdles for the company, but they think they've got it all figured out. Rather than glass, the entire pool will be made of acrylic, with a transparent bottom that will allow visitors on lower floors to see the pool and swimmers high above.Getting into and out of the pool would be easy with some kind of external staircase, but the building's designers didn't want to clutter the side profile of the structure with such things. "Normally a simple ladder would suffice, but we didn't want stairs on the outside of the building or in the pool as it would spoil the view – and obviously you don't want 600,000 litres of water draining through the building either," the company says.Compass Pools came up with a different idea, which they say is based on the airlock of a submarine. It's described as "a rotating spiral staircase" that will "[rise] from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out." The company says the Infinity London could be under construction as early as 2020 "if all the partners and contractors are confirmed."It's all incredibly strange and awesome and terrifying at the same time. The company, which calls the experience "death-defying swimming," is clearly betting that plenty of people will be willing to take the chance.



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World’s first 360-degree infinity pool confuses social media: ‘Where are the stairs?’

June 8, 2019 |

The world’s first 360-degree infinity pool is could begin construction in London as soon as 2020, according to British pool design company Compass Pools. However, people are confused about how swimmers will get in it.
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74% of the World’s Bitcoin Mining Operations Driven by Renewable Energy Says Report

June 7, 2019 |

74% of the Worlds Bitcoin Mining Operations Driven by Renewable Energy, Says Report

There’s a lot of debate over whether bitcoin mining is bad for the environment. Many bureaucrats and mainstream media pundits claim that mining is wasteful and bitcoin’s energy consumption cannot be ignored. However, these claims have been refuted in the past and on June 6, Coinshares published a report that details mining is not environmentally imprudent but rather 74.1% of the Bitcoin mining industry is “heavily” driven by renewable energy sources.

Also read: Report Insists ‘Bitcoin Was Not Purpose-Built to First Be a Store of Value’

Bitcoin Mining Operations and Renewable Energy

There’s been clamoring over the years concerning bitcoin mining and how people believe the energy resources the industry consumes is reckless. For instance, there have been countless reports stemming from China that allege Chinese politicians are negative about the mining industry within the country. For years now the majority of bitcoin miners have been based in China and recently the country’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) wrote on April 9 that the department believes bitcoin mining “wastes resources and pollutes the environment.” This week Coinshares, a crypto investment products and research company, published an in-depth report that states otherwise and highlights how renewable energy is dominant within the bitcoin mining industry.

74% of the World's Bitcoin Mining Operations Driven by Renewable Energy Says Report
Chart source: Coinshares June 2019 Bitcoin Mining Report.

Throughout the report, Coinshares explained how the firm researched the efficiency, electricity consumption, electricity sources, geographical distribution, and composition of the mining network on the BTC chain. At the moment the study explains that the market average since November for the cost of creation at $ 0.05 per KWh and “depreciation schedules has decreased from approximately $ 6,800 to approximately $ 5,600.” This means at current prices mining bitcoin is very profitable and the researchers note that even older mining rigs are competitive. The biggest takeaway from Coinshare’s report is that most mining facilities are located near renewable energy suppliers. Coinshare’s June 2019 study states:

We calculate a conservative estimate of the renewables penetration in the energy mix powering the Bitcoin mining network at 74.1%, making Bitcoin mining more renewables-driven than almost every other large-scale industry in the world.

74% of the World's Bitcoin Mining Operations Driven by Renewable Energy Says Report
Chart source: Coinshares June 2019 Bitcoin Mining Report.

China Still Dominates Manufacturing, Older Mining Rigs Become Cashflow Positive, and the Penetration of Next-Gen Miners

According to the report, BTC miners captured an estimated $ 5.5 billion in block rewards and roughly $ 300 million in transaction fees. 97% of the $ 5.5 billion consisted of newly minted coins stemming from the block reward. While observing the mining industry Coinshares spotted two macro trends which include a large number of liquidations and bankruptcies and the “first at-scale deployment of the latest generation mining gear.” Coinshares also discussed the ~40% drop in hashrate during Q4 2018 and two separate drivers sparking the recent spike in hashrate. “The re-starting of much of the previously shuttered mining gear as the Bitcoin price recovery has caused even previous-generation mining units to become cashflow positive at commonly attainable wet-season electricity prices,” Coinshare’s report notes. The report also highlights the penetration of next-generation machines and asserts that the “deployment of next-generation mining gear at appreciable scale, predominantly in Sichuan, in line with the advent of the wet-season” was also a contributing factor.

74% of the World's Bitcoin Mining Operations Driven by Renewable Energy Says Report
Chart source: Coinshares June 2019 Bitcoin Mining Report.

Coinshares says that it is true there is uncertainty when it comes to Chinese miners and the government’s policy toward them. However, unlike the mainstream media, Coinshare underlines the big difference between local municipalities and the national government’s treatment toward the mining industry. The report emphasizes that China still plays a leading role within the mining sector and claims:

On the other hand, Chinese dominance in the hardware manufacturing sector remains as strong as ever and is showing no immediate signs of reduction. Even if the most damning rumours of Bitmain’s struggles were true (we have our doubts), it would have minimal impact on Chinese dominance in the miner manufacturing sector as all other relevant manufacturers are also Chinese.

74% of the World's Bitcoin Mining Operations Driven by Renewable Energy Says Report
Chart source: Blockchain.com – timespan: 2 years

The report also reveals an estimated electricity draw from the mining industry which assumes that currently the entire bitcoin mining industry is consuming roughly 4.7 GW worldwide. With the renewable power generation in the mining industry capturing more than four times the global average, the number has still has dropped a hair since last November. Last year’s November report detailed the amount of renewable energy-dependent miners was 77.8%, but Coinshares notes this is due to a recent upstart of smaller mining clusters using fossil fuels.

“Overall, our findings reaffirm our view that Bitcoin mining is acting as a global electricity buyer of last resort and therefore tends to cluster around comparatively under-utilised renewables infrastructure,” the research report concludes. “This could help turn loss-making renewables projects profitable and in time—as the industry matures and settles as permanent in the public eye — could act as a driver of new renewables developments in locations that were previously uneconomical.”

What do you think about the latest Coinshares report that notes the mining industry is using renewable power heavily across the globe? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.


Image credits: Shutterstock, Blockchain.com, and Coinshares June 2019 Mining Report.


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CNN

The world’s biggest boyband: How BTS broke America

June 3, 2019 |

Fandom like this unheard of since Beatles
Inside K-Pop’s multi-billion dollar industry
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World’s rivers ‘contaminated with antibiotics’

May 28, 2019 |

The world’s rivers are widely contaminated with antibiotics, according to a new global study, the first of its kind.
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