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UNICEF now takes bitcoin and ether donations

Sponsored Links Niyazz via Getty Images UNICEF, the United Nations’ charity that helps underserved children around the world, now accepts donations in bitcoin and ether. As the first UN organization to embrace cryptocurrencies, UNICEF and the recipients of its funding will benefit from the lack of fees that that result from money being transferred overseas. …

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Floating LED art illustrates the quality of NYC’s water

Sponsored Links Playlab/Family New York/Floating Point You don’t have to check a website to find out whether or not New York City’s water is healthy — for the next few months, you just have to take a look at some art in the water itself. Playlab, Family New York and Floating Point have debuted a …

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Air pollution app now doubles as a wildfire warning system

Sponsored Links Breezometer Wildfires are becoming larger and more frequent than ever, and can have lingering effects on the air quality. Breezometer, a free app that offers real-time air quality data, announced that it will be offering fire alerts to help users determine if they’re in harm’s way. The fire alerts are based on information …

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India effectively bans e-cigarettes

Sponsored Links AleksandrYu via Getty Images India just became among the first countries to effectively ban vaping. On Wednesday, the country banned the sale, import, advertising and production of e-cigarettes. First-time offenders face up to a year in prison and $1,400 fine, while repeat offenders face the prospect of a three-year sentence and $7,000 fine. …

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Cubed wombat poop, why your left nut runs hot, among Ig Nobel winners

Enlarge / A “Moment of Science” in the 2017 Ig Nobel ceremony: Daniel Davis faces a Tesla coil. Mike Binveniste/Improbable Research Over the years, curious intrepid scientists have gleaned insight into why the wombat’s poo is cube-shaped, explored the magnetic properties of living and dead cockroaches, and determined that a man’s left testicle really does …

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First Blockchain-Exclusive Birth Certificates Recorded in Brazil

The first birth certificates to be recorded by exclusively using blockchain technology were issued in Brazil. As Cointelegraph Brasil reports on Sept. 1, Álvaro de Medeiros Mendonça is one of the first children in the country to have their birth certificate recorded only with blockchain technology, without the need of the registry office.  Streamlining registration …

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Venezuelan Pharmacy Chain Accepts Bitcoin Cash for Medicine and Products

</header> <strong>On August 26, a pharmacy chain in Venezuela called Farmarket revealed it now accepts cryptocurrencies through the payment provider Xpay, a subsidiary of Panda Group. Arley Lozano, Panda Group’s founder, explained how Farmarket’s pharmacy franchise has 22 stores located across the country and machines will allow people to purchase goods and medicine with cryptocurrencies …

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Gene editing tool could treat many diseases created by mutations

Sponsored Links Neuron targeted using the SATI technology. Salk Institute The use of gene editing to eliminate diseases has numerous challenges, including the not-so-small problem of dealing with mutation-based conditions like Huntington’s. Existing approaches that replace the gene could cause damage. Salk Institute scientists say they’ve created a tool that can perform edits when mutations …

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Squishy Rubik’s Cube could help patients monitor their health

Sponsored Links The University of Texas at Austin The squishy Rubik’s Cube-like object created by a team of chemists from the US and China is more than just a puzzle toy you can play with. They used sticky self-healing hydrogel to make the 3 x 3 x 3 cube. That material causes each small cube …

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Russian rocket test explosion leads to radiation leak

Sponsored Links REUTERS/Sergei Yakovlev Russia’s military technology push has unfortunately produced deadly consequences. The country’s Rosatom has confirmed that five people have died and three injured after an explosion on August 8th while testing an isotopic power source for a rocket’s liquid propulsion system. The same blast also increased radiation levels by as much as …

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