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Lithium Mining Just Became A Water Sport

Lithium is an essential component of most rechargeable batteries, powering everything from iPhones to Teslas. However, increased lithium mining due to rising demand will deplete known land-based supplies by 2080. A team of scientists at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, in Saudi Arabia, says they already have a solution in the works: before land-based lithium runs out, shift lithium mining to the ocean.

Jun 23, 2021 by Freethink
Science & Medicine News
Private-equity firm revives zombie fossil-fuel power plant to mine bitcoin

Few bitcoin projects illustrate the cryptocurrency's enormous climate impact better than the Greenidge power plant in upstate New York. The once-abandoned power plant was bought by private equity firm Atlas Holdings and retasked. A significant portion of Greenidge's electricity no longer powers nearby homes or businesses; rather, the plant's smokestacks are increasingly pouring pollutants into the atmosphere in the service of mining bitcoin.

May 28, 2021 by Tim De Chant
Crypto News
Microsoft Files Patent For Crypto Mining System Using Body Activity Data

Microsoft files crypto-based patent which would enable individuals to mine crypto using body activity data.

Mar 30, 2020 by Ana Alexandre
Crypto Blogs
Thousands of These Computers Were Mining Cryptocurrency. Now They're Working on Coronavirus Research

CoreWeave, the largest U.S. miner on the Ethereum blockchain, is redirecting the processing power of 6,000 specialized computer chips toward research to find a therapy for the coronavirus. These graphics processing units (GPUs) will be pointed toward Stanford University's Folding@home, a long-standing research effort that unveiled a project on February 27 specifically to boost coronavirus ...

Mar 20, 2020 by CoinDesk
Science & Medicine News
Bitcoin Hashrate dropped by 50% in less than a week, new lows ahead?

Bitcoin hashrate has dropped quite significantly from 124,250, 397 TH/S to 82,285,031 in last seven days. Bitcoin hashrate has dropped by over 50%.

Mar 19, 2020 by ItsBlockchain
Crypto News
Inside The Cryptocurrency Revolution - The New Kids on the Blockchain

Bitcoin's emergence as a global digital currency has been as revolutionary as it has been erratic. But while fledgling investors obsess over every fluctuation in the cryptocurrency market, nation-states are more interested in the underlying blockchain technology and its ability to revolutionize how business is done on the internet and beyond.

Dec 28, 2019 by VICE on HBO
Crypto News
Sweden's central bank dumps Australian bonds over high emissions

Sweden's central bank said on Wednesday it had sold off bonds from Western Australia and Queensland, and the oil-rich Canadian province of Alberta, because it felt that greenhouse gas emissions in both countries were too high. The Riksbank deputy governor, Martin Floden, said the bank would no longer invest in assets from issuers with a large climate footprint, even if the yields were high.

Nov 16, 2019 by Reuters
World News
Iran seizes 1,000 Bitcoin mining machines

Authorities in Iran have seized roughly 1,000 Bitcoin mining machines from two former factories, according to state TV reports. The action was taken following a spike in electricity consumption. Demand for power rose by 7% in June and cryptocurrency mining was thought to be the main cause, an energy ministry spokesman told local state-run media.

Jun 29, 2019 by BBC News
Crypto News



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