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President Bukele legalized Bitcoin, spurring protest within the country

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Vitalik Buterin, co-creator of Ethereum — the second most popular cryptocurrency — shamed “bitcoin maximalists” on Reddit for their uncritical praise of El Salvador’s president, Nayab Bukele, who made Bitcoin legal tender in September. Maximalists want Bitcoin to become the world’s sole currency, beating out all other Fiat and cryptocurrencies.


Movies

They might be 40+ years old but they still hold up

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There’s nothing like the thrill of throwing on a horror classic on a chilly October night. I love horror because it is one of the strangest and most versatile genres, lending itself to cross-overs with science fiction, comedy, and suspense. …


Space

A new cosmic phenomenon, background noise, or something else?

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The Milky Way galaxy is our home in the infinitely large cosmic expanse. But although the Earth is on the outskirts of the galaxy, there is still so much we don’t know or understand about it. …


Even more microplastics than in adult poop

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While microplastics are everywhere around us — bits and pieces of industrialized materials less than 5 millimeters — we’re only starting to understand their impact on human health. Comparing adult and infant poop from volunteers in New York State, they found that infant exposure to microplastics was really high.

Infant…


Movies

The one kind of character that isn’t allowed to use an iPhone

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Apple’s iPhone is one of the most popular smartphones in the world — their flagship product now accounts for around half of phones in the US. Now I’m not going to start talking about whether the Android operating system is better or not, but rather a peculiarity in Apple’s marketing.


Would you recognize these symptoms?

Woman covering her face with her hands
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Think about your five or ten closest friends. Chances are, at least one of them is dealing with some form of depression. Amidst a tumultuous pandemic, climate crises, and economic downturns it isn't surprising. …


Imagining a world without Facebook or Instagram

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On October 4th of 2021, I awoke and got out of bed — something felt a little bit off. I had more spry in my step and the birds outside my window were chirping louder than usual, practically singing. …


Have you tried turning the brain off and on again?

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Why do some people get depressed and others don’t? Why is some depression treatment-resistant? Despite decades of studying the disease, scientists haven’t pinpointed an exact mechanism. In part, this may be because everyone experiences the disease differently.

To paraphrase Leo Tolstoy, each depressed individual is depressed in their own way…


A new study shows how drugs accumulate inside gut microbes.

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Could bacteria in your gut stop your medication from working properly? There are trillions of microorganisms — bacteria, archaebacteria, fungi, and viruses — living in your gut. Collectively, these organisms and all their genes compose the gut microbiome.

We are still discovering the ways that these microorganisms affect our physiology…

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