If This New Tech Works, You Won’t Need 32 Ether to Earn Staking Rewards

Blox, a non-custodial Ethereum 2.0 staking platform, is developing a solution that will allow users to pool their ether (ETH) cryptocurrency to get past the threshold required for staking when the upgraded network goes live.

  • The cryptocurrency accounting service provider announced on Wednesday that it is working alongside the Ethereum Foundation to develop “secret shared validator” nodes.
  • By creating a network of decentralized staking pools, Blox said it would allow users to aggregate their ETH and reach the required 32 ETH to stake on the network.
  • “Allowing ETH stakers to join the network and generate rewards with any amount of ETH is pivotal for making Eth 2.0 accessible for everyone,” said Blox’s CEO Alon Muroch.
  • Staking on Eth 2.0 requires a minimum of 32 ETH in order to participate and is expected to see an estimated 4.6%-10.3% rate of return on a user’s initial stake.
  • According to Blox, the entire
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Typeface that looks like handwriting works best with warm message, study finds — ScienceDaily

Appeals seeking donations to help fight hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic were more successful when the typeface in which the appeal was written mirrored the tone of the donation request, a new study has found.

In a study that asked prospective donors to consider whether and how much to give to a local food bank to help fight hunger during the coronavirus pandemic, researchers found that donors were more likely to give when heartfelt messages were written in typefaces that looked like handwriting, and when messages that talked about the power of an organization were written in typeface that looked more business-like.

In other words, make the font match the message to get more donations, the researchers said.

“Our research suggests that simply changing the typeface of appeals messages could make those appeals stronger and encourage people to make donations,” said Huiling Huang, a consumer sciences doctoral student at The

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YouTube website’s picture-in-picture works again on iOS 14

YouTube’s website now supports iOS 14’s picture-in-picture mode once again, after the functionality mysteriously disappeared last month. It can be enabled in both Safari as well as third-party browsers like Chrome or Firefox by expanding a video to play fullscreen, and then tapping the small picture-in-picture icon on the top-left of the interface. Then you’re free to minimize the browser and use other apps while the continuing to watch a video. You can also slide the PiP window to the side if you just want to hear music without the video obstructing the display.

OS-level picture-in-picture support was added as a new feature in iOS 14, but shortly afterwards stopped working on YouTube’s website for iPhone users. It continued to work for users who subscribe to YouTube Premium, perhaps unsurprisingly. It also works for iPad users.

While picture-in-picture now works in browsers, it is not available in the YouTube app

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Disaster-ready version of Nissan LEAF in the works

While the country anticipates the arrival of the electric vehicle Nissan LEAF in the country, there is now a working prototype built to act as an electric vehicle response unit complete with mobile power supply.

Based on the Nissan LEAF, the Japanese automotive marque announced that they already are working on the Nissan RE-LEAF—a pure electric emergency response vehicle concept. The “RE” is not just for show, but also stands for three elements of disaster preparedness: response, recovery and resilience.

The same vehicle that debunks four myths about EVs is not just being developed for alternative-powered mobility, but for saving lives, too.


With a badass look, the Nissan RE-LEAF, will be an offroad version of the mass-produced EV as it is being developed to be capable of driving through debris. Aside from that, it also features weatherproof plug sockets mounted directly to the exterior of the vehicle,

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Keysight Works with Qualcomm Technologies and SGS to Advance Testing of Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything Technology

Companies verify initial C-V2X tests based on 3GPP Release 14

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced that the company is working with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and SGS to help advance testing of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology.

The three companies focused on test cases covering radio frequency (RF) and radio resource management (RRM) performance verification of devices used for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) deployment scenarios. The test cases, based on 3rd generation partnership projects’ (3GPP) Release 14 specifications, support C-V2X test plans prescribed by the OmniAir Consortium and the Global Certification Forum (GCF). In August 2020, SGS used Keysight’s RF/RRM DVT & Conformance Toolset and the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Automotive 4G Platform to verify initial test cases at the certification company’s lab in San Diego. The Snapdragon Automotive

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While Facebook works to create an oversight board, industry experts formed their own

Some of Facebook’s most vocal critics are tired of waiting for its independent oversight board — so they’re starting their own.

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A group of about 25 experts from academia, civil rights, politics and journalism announced Friday that they have formed a group to analyze and critique Facebook’s content moderation decisions, policies and other platform issues in the run-up to the presidential election and beyond.


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The group, which calls itself the Real Facebook Oversight Board, plans to hold its first meeting via Facebook Live on Oct. 1. It will be hosted by Recode founder Kara Swisher, a New York Times contributing opinion writer.

Facebook is still working on creating its own oversight board, first described in April 2018 by CEO Mark Zuckerberg as an independent “Supreme Court” for content moderation decisions. Facebook’s board won’t launch in time to make any decisions during the presidential

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Silicon Labs “Works With” Conference Brings New IoT Platform Capabilities To Developers

Silicon Labs stock has been on a tear lately. Since the end of March, it has been up 44%. If you are not familiar with Silicon Labs, it is a global, fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Austin, TX, my hometown. The company’s HQ is so close in proximity to my home and office, and I can see its logo. While the company does as much in the industrial IoT, you’ve likely used a consumer IoT device with Silicon Labs inside. Silicon Labs’ silicon is inside the Amazon Echo, Nest smart thermostat, a Fitbit, Google OnHub, Zigbee smart lightbulbs, Samsung Connect, and Tesla electric vehicles.

The company designs silicon devices, software, platforms, and semiconductors for various markets, including the Internet of Things (IoT), industrial automation, consumer, and automotive markets. Although Silicon Labs touches many markets, a large portion

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Understanding how the conditionally approved COVID-19 drug works is key to improving treatments, says researcher — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered a novel, second mechanism of action by the antiviral drug remdesivir against SARS-CoV-2, according to findings published today in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

The research team previously demonstrated how remdesivir inhibits the COVID-19 virus’s polymerase or replication machinery in a test tube.

Matthias Götte, chair of medical microbiology and immunology in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, likened the polymerase to the engine of the virus. He said the first mechanism the team identified is like putting diesel fuel into an engine that needs regular gasoline.

“You can imagine that if you give it more and more diesel, you will go slower and slower and slower,” he said.

The newly identified mechanism is more like a roadblock, “so if you want to go from A to B with the wrong fuel and terrible road conditions, you either never reach B

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Sarasota native works with storied Penn State professor



The best education demands a joint search for learning between exciting instructors and able students. That self-evident principle lies at the core of a New College education.   

Adherence to that principle explains why New College produces so many Fulbright and Goldwater scholars; why so many graduates go on to overachieve in careers in law, medicine, government, and the arts; and why, proportionately, more New College graduates subsequently receive doctorates in science than graduates of all but seven other institutions in the United States.   

So what does that principle look like on the ground?

New College of Florida president Donal O'Shea

To cite just one example from the class that graduated in May, consider Matt Mancini. A Sarasota native, Mancini is pursuing his doctorate at Penn State University on an endowed research assistantship that pays tuition, fees, living expenses and a stipend in the lab of storied

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