How to make upwards of $1,000 a month by mining cryptocurrency

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How to make upwards of $1,000 a month by mining cryptocurrency

If you’re as confused about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies you’re not alone.If you’re as confused about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies you’re not alone.

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In essence, cryptocurrencies are decentralized digital currencies that can be sent to anyone through the internet. They aren’t affiliated with any particular country so there’s no central bank that verifies these transactions. Instead, cryptocurrency miners use special software that creates a public record of each transaction and gives the miner a payment in return.

If you know what you’re doing, you can make a lot of money mining this digital currency. But how does it work and what’s the best way to do it? You can learn all of this from the Beginner’s Guide to Cryptocurrency Mining.

This course gives you access to 13 lectures so you can hit the ground running and make real money fast. You’ll learn a mining system that has low startup costs and requires no affiliate marketing or graphics card. You’ll also learn all the technical details about blockchains, general ledgers, hashes, and nonces that make up each successful transaction. 

By the time you’ve finished with this course, you could be earning up to $1,000 per month from the comforts of your own home. The Beginner’s Guide to Cryptocurrency Mining normally costs $180, but you can get it for just $15 today. Plus, over Labor Day weekend you can save 15 percent by using the code BYESUMMER.

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Relive the Mind-Blowing Photos From the Voyager Missions

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The universe is very good at making us feel both extremely insignificant and lucky enough to be part of something huge. No missions have made this clearer than NASA’s Voyager spacecraft, which have been exploring the cosmos for 40 years. Today, Voyager 1 officially turns the big 4-0, which it’s celebrating by cruising through interstellar space.

Together, the Voyager missions have ventured past Jupiter, Saturn, the ice giants Neptune and Uranus, and even crossed the termination shock, into the outskirt’s of the Sun’s influence. These triumphant chunks of metal are still sending us back all sorts of scientific information and will continue to do so until they can’t/are swarmed by aliens.

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Besides this video of someone playing “Despacito” on two calculators, Voyagers 1 and 2 represent the peak of human achievement. For Voyager 1's anniversary—and Voyager 2's belated, it launched on August 20th—we’ve compiled their greatest snapshots from the final frontier:

Saturn’s C and B Rings on Display. Taken August 23rd, 1981

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Voyager 2 took this incredible shot during its sojourn in the Saturnian system, while it was about 1.7 million miles (2.7 million kilometers) from the planet.

Uranus in true and false color. Taken January 17th, 1986.

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According to NASA, Voyager 2 made its closest approach to Uranus a few days after this image was taken, on January 24th, 1986. The spacecraft came within 50,600 miles (81,500 km) of Uranus.

Neptune’s Great Dark Spot. Taken in August of 1989.

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Voyager 2 spotted this massive storm that was somewhat similar in size to the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. In 1994, Hubble found that although this storm mysteriously disappeared—a new one had cropped up in the planet’s Northern Hemisphere. Mysterious, enormous storm systems have continued to crop up on Neptune ever since.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

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Voyager 1 studied the Jovian system from January to February in 1979, famously capturing the horrifying beauty of a storm known as the Great Red Spot. This massive, hurricane-like weather pattern could fit three Earths inside it.

Saturn and its moons, Tethys and Dione. Taken November 3rd, 1980.

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Voyager 1 arrived in the Saturnian system in November of 1980. It found three new moons on its trip: Prometheus, Pandora, and Atlas.

And of course, the Pale Blue Dot. Taken February 14th, 1990 by Voyager 1.

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On Valentine’s Day in 1990, Voyager 1 took this image, now immortalized in Carl Sagan’s 1994 book of the same name: The Pale Blue Dot. At the time, Voyager 1 was 40 AU from the Sun, plunging forward but looking back at us.

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After all these years, we’re still that beautiful blue speck—our own little nest in the cosmos.

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Don’t Shop Amazon Without Doing This First

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Amazon’s pricing fluctuates significantly from day-to-day, so it can be difficult to know whether your always scoring the best deal the website has to offer. Thankfully, we have CamelCamelCamel—a website devoted solely to monitoring Amazon prices—to help make our lives, or at least our shopping endeavors, a whole lot easier. Read ahead for a breakdown on the site that’s changing the way we shop on Amazon.

What it Is

Touted as a “free Amazon price tracker,” CamelCamelCamel lets you view the price history of just about any Amazon listing—over 18 million in total—so you can map out trends and determine the best time to buy. You can also sign up for individual Amazon product alerts, so that you will be notified whenever the price of an item you’re watching dips below a certain threshold.

For example, thanks to CamelCamelCamel, we can see that the price of this real fiddle leaf fig plant dropped from $30 to $12 twice in just one month. So play it smart and wait for the price to drop before overpaying.

How it Works

The best part is that all of CamelCamelCamel’s price trackers and history charts are available completely free of charge—you don’t even have to sign up for an account! Simply enter an Amazon URL (or product keywords) into the search bar and voila: you have access to everything from the item’s last five price changes to what third party sellers are charging. Hoping to monitor a certain product in case its price drops before buying? Just enter your desired price threshold and contact info—i.e. email or Twitter handle—directly into the price watch box and you’re good to go.

However, should you decide to sign up for a free account (you can also sign in using your Facebook, Twitter, and Google accounts), you gain even more benefits, including sales rank histories and a “wishlist importer” that tracks all of your Amazon wishlist items automatically.

And if all that wasn’t enough to sell you on CamelCamelCamel, remember that the site also offers browser add-ons—which allow you to view price history charts directly from retailer product pages—and Camelet, a browser-free bookmark that takes you straight to a product’s CamelCamelCamel page when you’re viewing it on Amazon.

Not too shabby for a free website already devoted to saving you money. No wonder it was voted LifeHacker’s most popular price-tracking tool!

What Are People Watching?

Here are three of CamelCamelCamel’s most frequently watched products:

1. Fiskars 8 Inch The Original Orange-Handled Scissors: Although it’s often listed $11.99, a simple CamelCamelCamel search shows the price of these popular scissors has recently dropped as low $3.69.

2. Mommy’s Helper Outlet Plugs (36 Count): Forget that they’re usually listed as $3.99, a history chart proves this 36-pack of outlet plugs can run for as low as $1.67 on Amazon.

3. Haribo Gold-Bears Gummi Candy (5-Pound Bag): With prices as high as $22 and as low as $9.59, who could resist keeping a watchful eye on these popular chewy treats?

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Scientists use molecular ‘sieve’ to purify water

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Researchers have taken a major step forward in making previously undrinkable water drinkable, therefore tackling one of the biggest challenges faced by the planet — some 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water (a number which is set to grow as populations increase). By modifying graphene oxide membranes, the international team of researchers has created what is essentially a molecular "sieve". The selectively permeable membrane lets some molecules through while trapping others behind, producing water at various levels of cleanliness suitable for drinking or for industrial applications.

Even in the early stages of development, the membrane — which uses a simple spray-on technology – rejected 85 percent of salt and 96 percent of dye molecules, and represents a relatively inexpensive and much more environmentally-friendly alternative to current desalination methods, which are typically very energy intensive.

"Our dream is to create a smart membrane that combines high flow rates, high efficiency, long lifetime, self-healing and eliminates bio and inorganic fouling in order to provide clean water solutions for the many parts of the world where clean water is scarce," says Mauricio Terrones, professor of physics, chemistry and materials science and engineering, Penn State. "This work is taking us in that direction."

Via: phys.org, PopSci.com

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A 25-year-old CEO emailed Mark Cuban to pitch his anti-fake news startup for investment — and it worked

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Factmata

  • Factmata is a British startup trying to tackle the growing problem of fake news and misinformation, with the help of artificial intelligence.
  • It has raised a seed round from high-profile US investors including billionaire Mark Cuban, Zynga founder Mark Pincus, and Brightmail founder Sunil Paul.
  • CEO Dhruv Ghulati said there’s demand for a service which scores news articles for quality, and adds context.

Most investors won’t even consider a startup pitch unless they know the founders, or have had a "warm intro" to them.

But 25-year-old Dhruv Gulati might be the exception to the rule, after he emailed billionaire investor Mark Cuban without any introduction to pitch his anti-fake news startup Factmata — and persuaded him to invest.

Cuban has just participated in its seed round, along with Zynga founder Mark Pincus, and Brightmail founder Sunil Paul.

"I had a key list of people I wanted to have on board and Mark [Cuban] was one of them," Ghulati told Business Insider. "Every single investor we have has some element of being extremely strategic and important for the business. It was about making that clear to the investor, as opposed to just: ‘Why am I randomly emailing you?’"

Factmata wants to use artificial intelligence to tackle the proliferation of fake and misleading news. The startup aims to be a cross between Wikipedia and Quora, with a community of users fact-checking or marking news articles for quality with the help of AI. Those users might involve everyday internet users, but also journalists.

The startup is building its first product for launch next year: a news aggregator which will show the quality score, and offer up extra links for context. Eventually, Factmata might offer its underlying technology to PR firms, media outlets, and other organisations for a fee.

Ghulati’s thesis is that journalism’s prevalent ad-funded model has encouraged news outlets to pursue eyeballs through sensationalism and misinformation. The rise of that model online coincides with the decline of the sub-editor in newsrooms, the person who rigorously checks articles before they are published.

All of this, he said, has helped contribute to waning trust in the mainstream media — which in turn may have led to the rise of fake news.

A journalist might be skeptical that any kind of quality-checking on articles can be outsourced to machine learning. But Ghulati said it was about building tools to assist, not replace, the fact-checking process.

He said: "Not all of it can be done with machine learning. Hopefully there’ll also be input gathered from a big community of users, the Wikipedia model. That’s what we’re aiming for, a credibility score on information."

The team has a strong pedigree. CTO Robert Stojnic was formerly a developer at Wikipedia, building out the platform’s search function. And Dhruv’s cofounders are two machine learning specialists: UCL researcher Sebastian Riedel and UCL research associate Andreas Vlachos.

Cuban said of the team in a statement: "I was impressed by the team’s pedigree, technical talent, and sheer drive to solve this problem.

"If we want to solve fake news, thinking about it at web scale via artificial intelligence and automation is the only way. And being outside the media or fact checking world allows them to see the problem in a different way. Factmata is a group of entrepreneurs trying to solve a challenging problem with an amazing mission."

Factmata isn’t the only project trying to tackle fake news. Facebook has added new features to alert people to misinformation, while Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launched community-powered news outlet Wikitribune earlier this year.

Ghulati is sceptical that Facebook can solve the fake news problem by itself.

"We’re a platform fully focused on quality of information," he said. "With Facebook, it’s not in their model, it’s not what they think about. And they’re ads-incentivised. Clearly there’s a demand from the public to solve these problems, and whether platforms can do that to an adequate level — who knows? But we’re 100% focused on it."

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