NFTs Seem Like a Frivolous Fad, But They Should Be the Future of Music – Rolling Stone

The wild boom and bust of art NFTs made many onlookers wary of blockchain-based technology — but new developments in gaming, ticketing, and music royalties reveal NFTs’ true power
— Read on www.rollingstone.com/pro/features/crypto-nft-gaming-ticketing-royalties-1197979/

Manatees are dying in droves this year. Here’s why the die-offs spell trouble for Florida – CNN

Decades of environmental stress culminated this year in one of the worst manatee die-offs in recent history: As of May 21, at least 749 manatees have died in Florida in 2021, in what has been called an unusual mortality event.
— Read on edition.cnn.com/2021/05/30/us/manatee-deaths-florida-2021-trnd/index.html

Sri Lanka, Facing ‘Worst’ Marine Disaster, Investigates Cargo Ship Fire – The New York Times

A fire has raged on a cargo ship off the coast of Sri Lanka for 12 days, sending toxic chemicals and tons of plastic into the country’s waters and polluting its beaches.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/06/01/world/asia/sri-lanka-fire-ship-plastic.html

REAL ESTATE 3 – Terminal City – COMMONS – Omny.fm

Vancouver is obsessed with real estate. But what most people don’t realize, is that it’s been this way from the beginning. 

Three stories of the swindlers, segregationists and profiteers that made Terminal City what it is.
— Read on omny.fm/shows/commonspod/real-estate-3-terminal-city

Twitter updates Responsible Machine Learning Initiative

More about the work we’ve been doing to improve our ML algorithms within Twitter, and our path forward through a company-wide initiative called Responsible ML.
— Read on blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2021/introducing-responsible-machine-learning-initiative.html

In research breakthrough, ancient human remains can now be preserved and analyzed without destroying genetic material | Genetic Literacy Project

An Austrian-American research team (University of Vienna, Department Evolutionary Anthropology and Harvard Medical School, Department of Genetics), in collaboration with Hungarian experts from Eötvös Loránd University, has developed a new method that allows the almost non-destructive extraction of genetic material from archaeological human remains. The method allows anthropologists, archaeologists and archaeogeneticists to avoid the risk of serious damage to artefacts of significant scientific and heritage value, which can then be fully examined in future research. The results are published in Genome Research.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2021/05/19/in-research-breakthrough-ancient-human-remains-can-now-be-preserved-and-analyzed-without-destroying-genetic-material/

Google Earth Unveils Stunning, Colossal Time-Lapse View Of The Entire Planet – DesignTAXI.com

Google Earth’s new time-lapse feature was created using millions of satellite images from 1984 to 2020.
— Read on designtaxi.com/

Scientists rediscover lost coffee species suited to a warmer climate

In dense tropical forests in Sierra Leone, scientists have rediscovered a coffee species not seen in the wild in decades — a plant they say may help secure the future of this valuable commodity that has been imperilled by climate change.

The researchers said on Monday that the species, Coffea stenophylla, possesses greater tolerance for higher temperatures than the Arabica coffee, which makes up 56 per cent of global production, and the robusta coffee that makes up 43 per cent. The researchers found stenophylla coffee also had a superior flavour, similar to Arabica.

Scientists rediscover lost coffee species suited to a warmer climate
— Read on www.google.ca/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5995940

Crypto Rebels | WIRED

It’s the FBIs, NSAs, and Equifaxes of the world versus a swelling movement of Cypherpunks, civil libertarians, and millionaire hackers. At stake: Whether privacy will exist in the 21st century.
— Read on www.wired.com/1993/02/crypto-rebels/

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/