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Blow To Bitcoin As Coinbase Crashes In Sudden Meltdown

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Bitcoin investors yesterday cheered the bitcoin price soaring over $10,000 per bitcoin (again)—though their celebrations were short lived.The bitcoin price, after a number of recent runs at the psychological $10,000 level, surged to highs of $10,430 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange on Monday evening only to crash back less than 24 hours later.
However, users of major U.S. bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase were left on the sidelines of the virtual trading floor after the exchange crashed offline just as the bitcoin price began to climb—and not for the first time.
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Bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has developed a reputation for falling offline every … [+] time the bitcoin price makes a major move.

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“We are currently experiencing intermittent downtime,” Coinbase told users just as the bitcoin price leaped over $10,000—reporting it was “back up and running” a little over an hour later.

The importance of Coinbase, by far the largest U.S. crypto exchange, to the bitcoin and cryptocurrency ecosystem shouldn’t be underestimated.
As well as being one of the most common ways Americans are introduced to bitcoin and crypto, Coinbase is the largest bitcoin holder among …

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Urban foxes may be self-domesticating in our midst

urban foxes may be self-domesticating in our midst

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A fox on the prowl in its Bristol, U.K., home

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By Virginia MorellJun. 2, 2020 , 7:01 PM

In a famous Siberian experiment carried out the 1950s, scientists turned foxes into tame, doglike canines by breeding only the least aggressive ones generation after generation. The creatures developed stubby snouts, floppy ears, and even began to bark.

Now, it appears that some rural red foxes in the United Kingdom are doing this on their own. When the animals moved from the forest to city habitats, they began to evolve doglike traits, new research reveals, potentially setting themselves on the path to domestication.

“I’m not so much surprised as delighted,” by this study, says Lee Dugatkin, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Louisville, who has written about the Russian fox experiment but was not involved with the new work. “This is a ‘natural experiment’ that is very much in line with what the Russian experiment has found.”

The renowned Siberian study immediately came to mind when Kevin Parsons heard about a large collection of red fox skulls at National Museums Scotland. A native Canadian and evolutionary biologist at the University of Glasgow, Parsons had already been struck by the …

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SFMOMA Faces Censorship, Racism Accusations Over George Floyd Response | KQED

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On Monday, SFMOMA issued a statement on Instagram saying its post from Saturday “should have more directly expressed our sadness and outrage as an institution at the ongoing trauma and violence that continues to disproportionately affect Black lives.” The statement names Floyd and other black people killed by police and vows to foster change within the organization.
The response is “too little, too late,” Brandon said. “They’re trying to save themselves.”
Nan Keeton, SFMOMA’s deputy director of external relations, elaborated on the museum’s decision to delete Brandon’s comment at a staff meeting Tuesday. Because Brandon’s comment named senior museum leadership figures and included the phrase “museums kill black people too,” SFMOMA deemed the remarks “potential threats” that “target individuals,” Keeton said in a video acquired by KQED. “This language threatens the safety of the museum and its staff,” she said.
Brandon, after seeing the video of the staff meeting, described Keeton’s statement as a bad-faith misreading of her comments that continues a legacy of casting black people as threatening figures. “I was struck by the choice not to use my name. I mean, Nan has met my mom,” she said. “It’s more of …

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Insect wings evolved from legs, mayfly genome suggests

insect wings evolved from legs, mayfly genome suggests

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No bigger than a mosquito, this mayfly swarms by the millions in late spring.

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By Elizabeth PennisiJun. 2, 2020 , 5:20 PM

Along rivers and streams around the world, mayflies are a rite of spring. The mosquito-size insects lead double lives, with the young thriving in water and the adults emerging by the millions around June for just a few hours to mate and quickly die. There can be so many that they clog traffic, make roads slick, and even create a smelly mess.

Now, by sequencing the genome of one remarkable mayfly species—whose males have a second set of skyward-pointing eyes—researchers have learned how aquatic young transform into airborne adults. They’ve also discovered new clues about how all insects evolved to fly in the first place.

The amount of information gleaned from the study is impressive, says Craig Macadam, an entomologist at the U.K.-based nonprofit insect conservation organization Buglife. “It really shows that once we know the genetic makeup of a species, we can start to work out a huge amount about [it].”

Because of their sheer numbers, mayflies are important food for birds, fish, and mammals. They spend most of their lives underwater eating dead …

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Education Finance Takes Center Stage Amid Fiscal Uncertainty

education finance takes center stage amid fiscal uncertainty

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June 2, 2020

Quality Counts’ annual deep dive into school finance might seem like a specialty project—crucial for the brass who keep the fiscal ship afloat in their school districts, but overshadowed by the day-to-day challenges of teaching, learning, and student safety that seem to dominate the K-12 education discussion.
Not this year.
As it has with every aspect of society, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens K-12 finances to an unprecedented degree. School administrators and state policymakers face the prospect of devastating budget cuts, layoffs, and programmatic retrenchment even as they wrestle with how to safely reopen their virus-shuttered schools.

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They can’t make these decisions in a vacuum. School leaders need a clear picture of the resources in hand and what they can learn from those who have confronted past financial downturns—and survived.
“Quality Counts 2020: School Finance” aims to address all of these needs.
In his lead article, Education Week school finance reporter Daarel Burnette II, who has been covering the fiscal impact of the pandemic for months, shares advice from district leaders and school finance experts on navigating this crisis, informed by lessons from the Great Recession of 2007-09 and its aftermath.
Scores, …

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Want to explore a real haunted house? Best virtual reality tours to try at home

want to explore a real haunted house? best virtual reality tours to try at home

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Like everyone else in the world, you’ve probably had to put off your travel dreams and getaway destinations until this pandemic blows over.Some of us have resorted to catching livestreams, others dove into gaming to “explore” other worlds. But for those who want a more in-depth experience, you might want to consider another option: A virtual reality (VR) tour.

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The advantage of a VR tour is that it provides much more in terms of experience than a straightforward livestream. When it comes to the latter, you can’t control the feed, but with VR, you’re the virtual master of your own universe (or at least what’s shown onscreen, that is)We’ve cobbled together some of the most interesting ones you can experience for yourself. And the best part is – you don’t have to buy any goggles or gadgets.CLIMB UP EVEREST BASE CAMP, NEPAL

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Few Singaporeans have ever made it to the top of Everest – it’s a dangerous feat that requires intense physical training and mental fortitude. Those looking for a more straightforward – but still difficult – experience, go up to the base camp instead.If you’ …

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Zoom’s Q1 earnings will revolve around pandemic, security issues

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Video chat software giant Zoom (ZM) announced its Q1 2021 earnings after the bell on Tuesday, beating expectations and giving investors and analysts their first look at how much growth the company has experienced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdowns.Here are the most important numbers from the report compared with what analysts were expecting, as compiled by Bloomberg.Revenue: $328 million versus $203 million expectedEarnings per share: $0.09 versus $0.01 expectedThe company’s stock was down in after hours tradingZoom has been among the biggest beneficiaries, if you can call it that, of the pandemic. The lockdowns, which are now being eased in many countries, forced people to gather in front of their laptops, smartphones, and tablets to stay in contact with friends and loved ones, work from home, and attend virtual classes.Its revenue, as a result, jumped a whopping 169% year-over-year. Zoom CEO Eric Yuan attends the opening bell at Nasdaq as his company holds its IPO in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)MoreZoom says it now has 265,400 customers with more than 10 employees, a 354% increase year-over-year, and 769 customers paying more than $100,000 for the service.The company, however, expects to see a larger amount of customer churn in …

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Science from home: Walking Rainbow

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What you need:

Clear cups (recommend 6-7) WaterFood coloringPaper towels Spoon/ something to stir withTime: 2 hours (can vary)

Steps:

Fill every other cup about 3/4 full of waterAdd food coloring to the water (recommend adding primary colors: red, yellow & blue) Stir in food coloring so it is evenly dispersedFold paper towel in half longways (creating a skinnier, but still tall paper towel) Fold paper towel longways again, keeping height, but making it skinnierPlace half of the paper towel into the water, and put the other half into the dry cupRepeat steps 4-6 until folded paper towels connect all of the cupsWait and watch what happens

The science and how this applies to the Earth:

Just like us, plants need water they need to survive. But, unlike humans who can just drink the water, they have roots that transfer it through the plant.

In this experiment, the paper towels will act as the roots of the plant, and the empty cups represent the leaves of the plant (which might be dry after a couple of days without rain).

You might have noticed that right away, the paper towel starts to absorb the water, much like roots absorb water from the ground.

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Market movers: Bajaj Finance, Kotak lead rally; 150 stocks give buy signal

market movers: bajaj finance, kotak lead rally; 150 stocks give buy signal

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NEW DELHI: Unperturbed by Moody’s sovereign rating downgrade and concerns over growth outlook in coming months, investors continued piling up equities as benchmark indices rose for the fifth-straight session on Tuesday.
In a repeat of Monday, bank and financial names led the rally as the 30-share pack Sensex climbed over 500 points and the broader 50-share Nifty advanced 150 points to flirt with the 10,000 mark.
Among bluechips, Bajaj Finance was the biggest gainer, up nearly 9 per cent while Kotak Mahindra Bank, IndusInd Bank, HDFC, Axis Bank and ICICI Bank added 3-8 per cent.
Here is a lowdown on what happened in Tuesday’s session:
Smallcaps outperform
Nifty Smallcap index continued their stupendous run, rising for the sixth session, outperforming its peers. The index added 2.36 per cent led by 6-10 per cent gains in Arvind Fashions, Aster DM, NCC, Aegis Chemicals and ITI. In comparison, Nifty Midcap advanced 1.36 per cent, Nifty500 1.46 per cent and Nifty50 1.56 per cent.
FMCG lone losing sector
At a time when everything was being bought, FMCG stocks were under pressure as investors believed some cost cutting from households is likely as cash flow dwindles. Some selling was also due to CAPF canteen’s decision to exclude products from ‘ …

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Warrington surgeon carries out virtual reality surgery on ITV’s Loose Women

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A TOP Warrington surgeon has carried out simulated surgery on four TV presenters following a request from ITV’s Loose Women to do a ‘virtual reality makeover’ on the show.

Consultant Gerard Lambe, who is based at the Spire Hospital in Stretton, is one of the first surgeons in the UK to introduce simulated surgery using state of art virtual reality technology.

The show approached Mr Lambe to carry out the fun transformations as the panelists were curious to see how they would look with a few tweaks using his new tech.

Mr Lambe, who leads the Reflect Clinic, is widely regarded as one of the UK’s top surgeons is a spokesperson for industry body BAAPS, agreed and the fun makeovers were given a major feature on the show last week.

The 47-year-old carried out a virtual eye-lift on presenter Andrea McLean and a facelift on Colleen Nolan.

Panellists Brenda Edwards and Jane Moore received youthful aesthetic treatments including ‘virtual Botox’.

Gerard has embraced the exciting technology in response to Covid-19 restrictions which do not allow for any in-person consultations or non-essential surgery at present.

He said: “I was delighted to be approached by Loose Women. The panel were …

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