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Letterkenny Institute of Technology to host open evening

first_imgWhether you are about to take the Leaving Certificate, currently unemployed, interested in part-time study, or thinking of studying on one of the many Postgraduate programmes at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), then you need to attend the LYIT Open Evening on Thursday 9 May from 3-7pm at the Letterkenny and Killybegs campuses.From full-time to part-time programmes, Springboard programmes to an extensive suite of Postgraduate programmes, LYIT has a lot on offer in 2019/20.For the Leaving Certificate student, there are 54 CAO programmes to choose from, with 60% of these offering work placement opportunities, some of which can be taken abroad. The student experience is not to be missed at LYIT, with a variety of clubs, societies, and sporting activities to choose from.LYIT will have a variety of Springboard courses available; Springboard offers free upskilling and reskilling courses for the unemployed and the homemaker, and 90% funded courses for those who are in employment.The final list of Springboard courses, will be released on 14 May and commence in August and September 2019.Unemployed persons, subject to meeting certain criteria, will retain any payments they are in receipt of from the Department of Social Protection for the duration of their programme of study. No course fees will be charged to these eligible applicants. LYIT staff will be available on the evening to provide information on how to apply for Springboard courses.If you are interested in studying a Postgraduate or Masters programme, then LYIT has more than 30 programmes to choose from; programmes that will enhance your skills and take you to the next level in your career.A scholarship scheme entitled ‘Pushing Boundaries’ is also available to students who apply to complete a full-time Postgraduate Masters, and who are not in receipt of other financial support.Billy Bennett, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Registrar at LYIT,  said: “Very often, financing a Postgraduate Masters is the biggest barrier to completing it.“At LYIT, ‘Pushing Boundaries’ is an initiative that will hopefully mitigate that barrier and will provide talented and driven individuals with the opportunity to obtain a Masters level qualification that will further enhance their career prospects and opportunities.” More details on the ‘Pushing Boundaries’ initiative and other Scholarship opportunities can be found on www.lyit.ieIf you are interested in learning more about full-time, Postgraduate, part-time and Springboard courses available at LYIT, then come along to the Open Evening on Thursday 9 May from 3-7 pm at the Letterkenny and Killybegs campuses.Make this your year to kick start your third level education, upskill or further your career.Letterkenny Institute of Technology to host open evening was last modified: May 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Giraffe Genome Too Distinct for Evolution

first_img(Visited 280 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The giraffe genome is now published. Does it show evolution from an ancestor in the time allowed?Giraffe evolution stories go way back to Erasmus Darwin, Charlie’s grandfather. Lamarck wove tales about how constant stretching gave them their long necks. Charles Darwin advanced the hypothesis of natural selection, but later admitted elements of Lamarckism in his own theory of evolution. Skeptics point out that baby giraffes and females would starve while the males reached the scarce upper leaves. There’s also much more to explain than the neck: modifications to metabolism, the heart, the brain, the legs and much more must be explained.The poor giraffe has been in a tug-of-war between advocates and opponents of evolution; a poor fossil record shows one extinct relative (Samotherium) with a neck one meter long, but that animal is not thought to be in the lineage of modern giraffes. The okapi looks a bit more like a zebra, and lacks the long neck. Evolutionists cannot point to a clear gradual lineage among living or fossil representatives. To passengers on safari vans, or to visitors at the zoo, giraffes look as unique as they did to Lamarck.Now we have the giraffe’s and okapi’s genes to look at, published for all this week in the open-access journal, Nature Communications. What story do they tell? We know that Darwinians will claim victory, because all evidence is evolutionary evidence, in their thinking. Nature‘s celebration was predictable: “Genome reveals why giraffes have long necks,” Bethany Augliere writes as her headline. “Scientists spot mutations that could explain how giraffes became the world’s tallest living mammals.” Genetic mutations are, of course, the neo-Darwinians’ supply store for evolutionary change, the raw material natural selection can draw from.One problem is, there are too many of them. Another problem is that the time for 70 dramatic mutations is too short: just 11.5 million years, in their estimation. A third problem is that humans don’t have long necks. Are you, as lead author Douglas Cavener [Penn State] seems to say, a potential giraffe?The scientists found about 70 genes in the giraffe genome that showed adaptations not seen in other mammals. Two-thirds of these genes code for proteins linked with regulating different aspects of development and physiology, particularly in the skeletal and cardiovascular systems. Four of them, for instance, are ‘homeobox’ genes associated with development of the spine and legs.“All of these genes in the giraffe — we have them ourselves. What made giraffes unique is just to tinker with them a bit and alter them in subtle ways,” Cavener says.One might suppose, by simple observation at the zoo, that there is more to the difference between the human on one side of the fence and the giraffe on the other side than a little bit of subtle genetic tinkering. Don’t think too hard about it, because it’s joke time. Not everyone is taking the evolutionary story seriously, at least yet.Some of the specific genes identified are involved in regulating both skeletal and cardiovascular development. This could mean that mutations in a small number of genes are driving the giraffe’s adaptations, such as a long neck and a turbocharged cardiovascular system, in parallel, says Cavener.This study identifies genes associated with the giraffe’s adaptations, but does not prove their role in the animal’s evolution. Cavener and co-author Morris Agaba — a molecular geneticist at the Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania — plan to test this connection by introducing the spine- and leg-related mutations in mice using gene-editing techniques. “The ultimate would be to make a long-necked mouse,” Cavener jokes.University press departments tend to be overly celebratory about their own, but Penn State’s press release only suggests that Cavener’s team found “clues” (not answers) to giraffe evolution. And they are, surprisingly, only the “first clues”. Here’s what evolutionists are up against:“The evolutionary changes required to build the giraffe’s imposing structure and to equip it with the necessary modifications for its high-speed sprinting [up to 37 miles per hour] and powerful cardiovascular functions have remained a source of scientific mystery since the 1800s, when Charles Darwin first puzzled over the giraffe’s evolutionary origins,” said Cavener, a professor of biology and the Verne M. Willaman Dean of the Eberly College of Science at Penn State. The giraffe’s heart, for example, must pump blood two meters straight up in order to provide an ample blood supply to its brain. This feat is possible because the giraffe’s heart has evolved to have an unusually large left ventricle, and the species also has blood pressure that is twice as high as other mammals.Look at the picture of an okapi in the article. Its neck is short. There are stripes on its legs, like a zebra’s. The coloration is different. The face and ears bear a slight resemblance, but this “closest living relative” is surely a long way from a giraffe.Is Darwinian evolution the only explanation? One would predict there would be genetic differences in any account, whether or not they came about by a mutation-selection process. Cavener recognizes the speed that neo-Darwinism would have to act. “Okapi’s gene sequences are very similar to the giraffe’s because the okapi and giraffe diverged from a common ancestor only 11-to-12 million years ago – relatively recently on an evolution timescale,” he says. The rest of the press release points to specific genes for this or that trait, but merely assumes they “evolved” in the giraffe. The paper claims positive selection has occurred in some genes, but that only means that genes related to functional differences are also different. That’s to be expected in a design explanation. Mutations to a couple of genes, the paper points out, cause defects or death. No one watched the mutations produce the phenotypic changes from a short-necked ancestor to the giraffe, especially in a coordinated way. Creationists have ridiculed evolutionary explanations on that point. What good is a longer neck if the giraffe’s brain explodes every time it takes a drink because evolution didn’t fix the blood flow yet? What good is a speedy gallop if the giraffe passes out when it sees the predator coming and lifts its head too fast? Dr. Job Martin had fun with these kinds of questions in his DVD, “Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution.” They’re not just funny. They demand answers.New Scientist doesn’t provide any additional explanation than the other articles, but does quote a geneticist from the San Diego Zoo, who says, “It reveals the complexity of the evolutionary process that resulted in the modern giraffe.” And we learn that “Cavener has not yet proven that the genes he has identified are actually responsible for the giraffe’s body form.”So how much is known today that was not known before? Apparently, not much.Evolutionary stories only work at a simplistic, childhood level. Yes, the pre-giraffe keeps stretching its neck, and over time, it finally reaches the leaves of the tree. When those leaves are gone, the ones with longer necks can reach higher, winning the competition. Take a few million unobserved years, and presto! the giraffe is born. Such stories crumble under thoughtful questions.If evolution were a law of nature that explains the giraffe, then all animals should have long necks. Giraffes live side-by-side with zebras, wildebeest and other grazing animals. “Ah!” the evolutionist interjects, “but their specific diet is the acacia tree. The short-necked giraffes died out, unable to reach the leaves that got progressively higher.” OK, then. Wouldn’t it have been far more economical for evolution to teach pre-giraffes how to eat other plants? All the other mammals live in the same environment eating grass and shrubs. If the environment drives selection, it should work the same way in them all. Just eat some grass, giraffe, for crying out loud! Or go migrate to a better habitat!We’ve seen similar breakdowns in evolutionary stories for other animals. Zebras evolved stripes to hide from predators, we’re told, until you realize that other prey don’t have stripes, and the stripes aren’t really visible when the predators hunt, anyway. So they evolved to deter flies then. Same problems; other mammals living alongside didn’t get the stripes option but are doing just fine. The storytelling goes on (2/06/15; see list of questions from 12/22/03).Maybe the Creator made such diverse animals, each well-adapted for its niche, just to make evolutionists frustrated.Note: Lee Spetner has a different take on the giraffe genome announcement in Evolution News & Views. Our coverage was written independently of his. He has a modified evolutionary explanation, but agrees the changes had to be nonrandom and had to happen quickly.last_img read more

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“Riddarhuset” GC18T59 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – September 27, 2010

first_img35mm geocache canister for Riddarhuset“Riddarhuset” (GC18t59) is one of the most popular geocaches in Sweden.  More than 1500 geocachers have logged  a smiley on the geocache.That’s an average of nearly two finds a day since the geocache was placed by Librex back in January of 2008.The geocache sits in the shadow of what Librex describes as the “foremost monument of Sweden’s Age of Greatness.”RiddarhusetRiddarhuset translates into English as “The House of Nobility” and was the palace where the Swedish aristocracy met for sessions of Parliament.  It’s still used by Swedish nobility today.The “Riddarhuset” micro-cache is listed as a terrain one, difficulty one.   Geocachers traveling to Stockholm often thank the cache owner for enriching their trip by showcasing Riddarhuset.Continue your discovery of the some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world.  Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedDon’t let the cold keep you in! — Geta Hamn (GC2WH0F) — Geocache of the Week Winter Inspiration EditionFebruary 19, 2014In “Community”It’s okay to chase this waterfall. — White Water (GC6B6A) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 22, 2014In “Community”What’s your high score? — Arkadia (GC4R1CQ) — Geocache of the WeekNovember 20, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

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A Lead Is a Lottery Ticket

first_imgA lead is a lottery ticket. You don’t know whether you win anything until you scratch the card. Why wouldn’t you check to see if you have won anything? Why not take a look and see what you’ve got—if anything.Some sales folks make the mistake of deciding that because many of their leads don’t turn out to be real opportunities, none of their leads will turn out to be opportunities. First, because something is true about some leads says nothing about other leads. Second, most of the time many of the leads are decent; the problem is the salesperson doesn’t know how to create value for the lead in the early stage of the buying process, preferring instead “ready-to-buy leads.”Other salespeople believe they don’t have time to follow up on leads. They make a single call, and then they give up and go away. For these reps, if it takes more than a call or two to reach someone, they move on to receptive prospects, regardless of whether they are any better than the leads with whom they are having trouble contacting.The right thing to do with a lead is to call them. You are not guaranteed that the lead is worth your time. You are not guaranteed that it will turn into an opportunity, nor are you certain to convert that opportunity. You are not promised that anyone will get back to you, let alone engage with you in the process of exploring change.Just like you aren’t guaranteed that a lottery ticket is a winner, a lead comes with no guarantees. You just have to play it to see what happens. If you want to do your very best work, targets are still greater than leads, but there is no reason not to scratch a lottery ticket, even if that isn’t your plan to succeed. Why would you throw the lead away when you lose nothing by playing the game?Make the call.last_img read more

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Maoist escapes from Odisha court premises

first_imgA hardcore CPI(Maoist) cadre escaped from a court premises in Odisha’s Nuapada district on Monday.The Nuapada police placed seven police personnel under suspension for “negligence of duty”.Manoj Madkami, a member of Bargarh-Balangir-Mahasamund division of CPI(Maoist), was carrying a reward of ₹4 lakh on his head. He was arrested in May this year.A six-member police team was escorting two undertrial prisoners, including Madkami, to the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate court, Nuapada. Not handcuffedWhile four constables took one accused to the courtroom for hearing, Madkami was left in the custody of two other personnel. The Maoist wasn’t even handcuffed.As the two policemen took their eyes off him, Madkami pushed them and ran towards the boundary wall of the court, eyewitnesses said. The two constables raised an alarm and tried to chase him, but the Maoist easily scaled the six-foot wall and escaped. Search launchedSearch operations were launched by the district police immediately after the escape but there was no trace of the extremist till late on Monday evening. Madkami, a resident of Bijapur in Chhattisgarh, is said to be involved in 11 criminal cases, including murder and arson, in Odisha and his home State. He was caught by the security forces after a gun battle near Patpani village on the border of Balangir-Nuapada districts on May 30.last_img read more

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Gomes declares friendly environment at Reading

first_imgReading manager Jose Gomes has claims everyone at the club has been friendly to him since his arrivalGomes, who was appointed to replace the sacked Paul Clement told the clubs official website that:“Everybody at the club has been very friendly to me, trying to show me what is happening in the club, introducing me to people who work here on a daily basis. And I feel that everybody wants to help.”“And also I felt the passion from the stands on Saturday. You could feel it in the stands, the fans see a chance and everybody shouts or they are happy when we do something good, when we create some beautiful action.”Speaking about the uniqueness of the championship, he said: “The Championship is different from all the leagues in the world.Joel PereiraManchester United Joel Pereira set to join Reading Henry Ikenna Ugwu – January 10, 2019 Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira is set to go loan to Reading after a six-month loan spell at Vitoria Setubal, according to Daily Mail.The…“Before the season started, 20 clubs say that their goal is to go to the Premier League. You cannot find this in any other league in the world. It’s amazing, fantastic.““The level of competition…everybody wants to win all the games. And I know the staff at Wolves very well and we followed their progress last season. So I know exactly what kind of league we are talking about, what kind of football we can find here.”“You can have the Middlesbrough football, which is the kind of philosophy that has direct football, crosses into the area, tall players, always aerial challenges. And then we can find other teams playing a different kind of football with the ball always on the ground playing a passing game.”“What we know is that it is a very, very competitive league and we must be ready for a different kind of challenge in every single match.”last_img read more

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Stay With Him New Sam Smith Music Coming Very Very Soon

first_imgThe GRAMMY winner has held a low profile for the last couple of years, coming off his hugely successful debut album, 2014’s In The Lonely Hour. But judging from a new note Smith’s shared with fans, it seems he is poised to make his presence known again soon.”To all my beautiful fans, first of all I want to say thank you,” wrote Smith. “Thank you for being so patient and for letting me have the past year to really escape into my mind & write music so freely. I feel so rejuvenated and have so many stories I can’t wait to tell you. … The wait is so nearly over.” Sam Smith: “The Wait Is So Nearly Over” stay-him-new-sam-smith-music-coming-very-very-soon https://twitter.com/samsmithworld/status/903271570709381120 The Londoner’s debut spawned GRAMMYs for Best Pop Vocal Album and Record and Song Of The Year (“Stay With Me”) at the 57th GRAMMY Awards. He also took home the coveted Best New Artist award.Feature: Kacy Hill, Melissa Manchester On Building A Village Of Fans Facebook Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 8, 2015 – 10:52 pm Sam Smith Wins Record Of The Year Stay With Him: New Sam Smith Music Coming “Very, Very Soon” News Twitter GRAMMY winner says he’s “rejuvenated” — does this mean new music is on the way?Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 31, 2017 – 3:33 pm Between new albums from the likes of Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters, Beck, Miley Cyrus, and Demi Lovato, just to name a few, the schedule for new music in fall 2017 already looks pretty exciting. And now it’s looking like Sam Smith could be adding his name to the mix as well.last_img read more

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Netflix alternative Tubi TV begins global expansion

first_img See it Disney Plus: Preorders, launch dates, prices, movies and shows to expect Apple TV Plus: Everything to know about Apple’s planned streaming service 10 best free movie streaming services: Netflix alternatives for 2019 10 best free movie and TV streaming services Amazon Google Netflix Samsung Apple Apple See It Apple 2019 movies to geek out over Best Buy Preview • Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer adds HDR, better gaming Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) See It See It Crutchfield Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Apple TV 4K TV and Movies Media Streamers Mobile Apps Mobile Australia is the first of many global launches for Tubi. Tubi Netflix alternative Tubi has announced its expansion to Australia. The US-based video streaming service will launch in Australia on Sunday and will be free and ad-supported. There’s going to be 7,000 movies and TV series at launch, Tubi said Thursday. Headquartered in San Francisco, Tubi joins the streaming services already available in Australia including Netflix, Stan and Foxtel Now. Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus are set to launch down under later this year, too.At launch, Tubi will have movies and series like The Blair Witch Project, Kickboxer and Stranger Than Fiction. It said “many more titles” will be added later, including The Grudge, Dirty Dancing, Reservoir Dogs and Saw. It already claims the largest free streaming selection in Australia, but aims to hit 15,000 titles.Australia is “the first of many launch initiatives to advance our global footprint,” said Tubi CEO Farhad Massoudi.Customers can use a Telstra TV, Tubi.TV, Samsung smart TVs, Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, phones, tablets and gaming consoles to access the service.In June, Tubi announced that it passed 20 million monthly active users in the US. Stateside, it offers 15,000 movies and TV shows including content across Lionsgate, Warner Bros, NBCUniversal, MGM and Paramount.center_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 2:38 $179 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 77 Photos Read more on streaming services reading • Netflix alternative Tubi TV begins global expansion Tags Share your voice Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better $169 See All $179 Comment 1 Now playing: Watch this: $179 Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demandlast_img read more

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RBI forced banks to grant loan to Kingfisher Airlines violating its own

first_imgIn a fresh twist in the tale that is set to question the integrity of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), it has been found that top RBI officials allowed certain banks to lend to Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) violating its own asset classifications guidelines. Vijay Mallya blames everybody except himself for Kingfisher Airlines disasterAccording to RBI’s assets classification norms on bank loans, there is no risk in lending to a firm whose assets fall under standard assets category. However, if a company’s assets come under sub-standard assets category, the firm gets declared as a non-performing asset (NPA).In 2008, during a routine annual financial inspection by the RBI of a Kolkata-based bank, the inspection team found that KFA was falling under the category of sub-standard assets. Clearly, that reflected the airline’s poor status of assets classifications and loan repayment for getting next fresh round of loans, the Pioneer reported, citing sources.”As per the RBI guidelines, we were conducting a routine exercise and inspecting bank books at one of the centres in a PSB, headquartered in Kolkata. During the AFI, we had observed that the total loan amount of Rs 3,000 crore, which had been provided to Kingfisher Airlines until 2008, was not falling under standard asset category. So, we had decided that the airlines firm should have declared as an NPA so as to stop any further financial assistance to be extended to the firm,” a source told the Pioneer.However, just when the inspection team decided to take steps to stop any fresh loan to KFA and declare the airline’s existing loan as NPAs, the team received a directive from top RBI officials, asking them not to turn the loan as NPA. And that, in turn, ensured the now defunct airline continued to get loans from the consortium of lenders led by State Bank of India (SBI).The source declined to disclose the name of the bank, but said the inspection was a routine affair of the RBI and the inspection team had acted as per their superiors’ order.”Thereafter, the above loan continued to fall under the category of a standard asset which was the gateway to get further assistance and thus the Mallya-owned firm remained eligible for the next round of fresh loans by the consortium of lenders led by SBI. As a result, the firm was extended several fresh rounds of loan amounting to a total of Rs 6,000 crore over and over again for years,” sources said.A RBI official, on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the development and said: “Had the RBI paid heed to the suggestions of the internal team and turned the already sanctioned loan as NPA, the firm would not have been able to go for a fresh round of loans. And thus our banks, which faced with huge NPAs as of today, would have been saved.”The airline managed to get most of the loans between 2006 and 2009 when Vijay Mallya was also a Rajya Sabha MP and reportedly lobbied the then governments for the revival of KFA.last_img read more

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Eco cryptocurrency by Uber cofounder Garrett Camp Know more about it

first_imgThe economic value generated by Eco coins will be distributed to the community through accounts created at Eco.com. The Eco Foundation will verify the identity of the initial nodes to help bootstrap the network across a broad geographic distribution. Eco cryptocurrency by Garrett CampCreative CommonsTaxi-hailing app Uber’s co-founder Garrett Camp is all set to introduce a new cryptocurrency named Eco into the global trading market. Eco is expected to be launched later this year and it will be the latest entrant in the list of nearly  1,400 varieties of crypto coins including bitcoin, ethereum to enter the fray.Introducing https://t.co/hojcQhgW5E 🙂 https://t.co/7hSRgEHgSf // @eco— Garrett Camp (@gc) 1 March 2018Eco is in the early stages of system design, and Camp has shared the details of the upcoming cryptocurrency.Here is everything you need to know about the new crypto asset:Eco will serve as a virtual currency that will be usable across the world for daily transaction purposes. The mission of the Eco Foundation is to develop a global currency protocol that is evenly distributed and extremely robust.The design proposal says that Eco aims to achieve the capacity of more than 100,000 transactions per second within a few years by using Transaction Sharding, where transactions are directed to specific shards for acceptance and validation, instead of the whole network validating the same transaction.(With inputs from Eco’s design proposal) Eco will be managed by an independent, non-profit organization — Eco-foundation, which will guide the development of the Eco protocol, with transparent governance and continual improvement. Mining of Eco is different from other cryptocurrencies. When a block is successfully mined in Eco, tokens are evenly distributed to all other nodes immediately. Eco seeks to address three issues within digital currencies: verification of network nodes, the usability of applications, and efficiency of transactions. One trillion Eco tokens will be issued and 50 percent of this will be provided to the first one billion verified human users who sign up and 20 percent will be allocated to verified nodes (partner universities) and their network of researchers and developers. Eco makes significant improvements by 1) forming verified network, where universities run nodes, 2) increasing overall token supply, and creating simple web and mobile apps, and 3) designing a system with more energy-efficient and coordinated token generation to reduce overall power consumption. Eco won’t follow the bitcoin’s worker-lottery approach. It operates based on collective incentive, rather than individual reward. Eco seeks to create a verified network of universities to help build an evenly distributed and cooperative financial infrastructure that is easy to use and energy efficient.last_img read more

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