A New Threat to New York’s Clean Energy Goals: Bitcoin Mining – New York Focus

A Finger Lakes power plant plans to ramp up Bitcoin mining. Environmentalists warn dozens of fossil-fueled plants could follow.
— Read on www.nysfocus.com/2021/04/13/new-york-bitcoin-mining-threat/

The vanishing billionaire: how Jack Ma fell foul of Xi Jinping | Financial Times

Alibaba founder’s dramatic rise and fall illustrates China’s wary embrace of tycoons who power economic growth
— Read on www.ft.com/content/1fe0559f-de6d-490e-b312-abba0181da1f

Yuri Gagarin: Russia, U.S. and China Are in a Deadly New Space Race – Bloomberg

Sixty years after Yuri Gagarin’s orbit of the Earth, the militarization of the cosmos is heating up. A Q&A.
— Read on www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-04-17/yuri-gagarin-russia-u-s-and-china-are-in-a-deadly-new-space-race

France Approves Bionic Cyborg Soldiers | Super Soldiers

 A French military panel has cleared the development of bionic soldiers and other high-tech upgrades.
— Read on www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a34945348/france-approves-bionic-soldiers/

Brazilian Cerrado savanna: miners descend on Indigenous reserve

The Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous reserve in Brazil’s Roraima state covers 1.75 million hectares (4.32 million acres) along the nation’s border with Venezuela and Guyana. It is home to 26,705 Indigenous people.

The territory has been under pressure from invaders for decades, even after being demarcated in 2005. But illegal incursions are reaching a new peak now, with an estimated 2,000 to 5,000 gold miners operating in the reserve.
Incendiary speeches by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have emboldened the miners, say experts, while attempts to crackdown on wildcat mining in the Yanomami Territory in the Amazon rainforest may have pushed illegal miners operating there into the Cerrado savanna where most of Raposa Serra do Sol is located.
— Read on news.mongabay.com/2021/04/brazilian-cerrado-savanna-wildcat-miners-descend-on-indigenous-reserve/

Everything You Need To Know About Blue Java Banana That Tastes Like Vanilla Ice Cream

Apart from the regular yellow banana and the raw green banana, chances are you have come across the red banana. But have you ever seen a blue banana? No, right? Well, you might find this bizarre, but a blue banana actually exists and it apparently tastes like vanilla ice cream!

— Read on www.idiva.com/lifestyle/food/everything-you-need-to-know-about-blue-java-banana-that-tastes-like-vanilla-ice-cream/18019238

Malawi farmers begin to bounce back after banana blight

Masauko Maulidi looks out on his banana fields, content that he is finally back in action as a banana farmer after the shock of the devastating Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) that devastated Malawi’s…
— Read on www.rfi.fr/en/africa/20210416-malawi-farmers-begin-to-bounce-back-after-banana-blight

Wings of exploration: reflecting on the 40th anniversary of the space shuttle – SpaceFlight Insider

The launch of the space shuttle on April 12, 1981, proved to be a history-making event. For many, that day stemmed careers, dreams and imaginations alike.
— Read on www.spaceflightinsider.com/space-flight-history/wings-of-exploration-reflecting-on-the-40th-anniversary-of-the-space-shuttle/

Only 3 percent of Earth’s land hasn’t been marred by humans | Science News

Only 3 percent of Earth’s land hasn’t been marred by humans | Science News
— Read on www.sciencenews.org/article/earth-land-ecosystems-ecology-intact-species

China to Japanese official: If treated radioactive water from Fukushima is safe, ‘please drink it’ – The Washington Post

“The ocean is not Japan’s trash can,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry official said.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/04/14/china-japan-fukushima-water-drink/