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INFOGRAPHIC SPECIAL

Visualizing the wealthiest of them all up until the Industrial Revolution

While many of us are all too aware of the biggest billionaires of our time like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, or Warren Buffett. That’s because the wealth accumulation of these post-Industrial era billionaires is measured by the size of their bank accounts. However, when it comes to doing the same for the ultra-wealthy during the course of human history, it is a much more complex job.

Today’s infographic highlights the richest people in history up until the Industrial Revolution. …


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SPLINTERNET

Many governments are using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to curtail people’s virtual rights

Ever since the pandemic struck earlier in the year, connectivity has changed from a convenience to utmost necessity. With most of the human activities shifting to online platforms, most importantly education and work, it is also presenting us with some distinct challenges. Although this shift has provides us with a unique possibility of continuing our lives without disruption, some governments and other non-state actors are using this to pursue their own agendas.

Using COVID-19 as an excuse many countries started conducting increasingly sweeping surveillance of their populations, with contact tracing or quarantine compliance apps. While global internet freedom was already in a decline for the 10th year in a row, the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the trend. …


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IMAGE CREDIT — LING ZHANG, PENN STATE/CHENG LAB AND HARBIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

WEARABLES

Printed directly onto the skin, one of the applications of the technology could be to monitor the symptoms of COVID-19

We are already using sensor technology in our daily lives — from smartphones, smartwatches to fitness trackers, which keep track of various health indicators. Over the years, these wearable sensors have become more accurate & efficient, but they have always required some complex circuitry working underneath.

Recent breakthroughs have transformed the bulky devices of yesteryears into flexible patches that stick to people like temporary tattoos. …


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FUTURE OF DIGITAL ASSETS

The top 3 cryptos by market cap have developed use cases, moving them out of the category of speculative assets

Cryptocurrency prices have been on the rise for the past few weeks. …


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Artist’s depiction of the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone identified by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope — Image Credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL — Caltech

SUPERHABITABLE PLANETS

Astronomers have identified two dozen exoplanets that could be more favorable to life than our own planet

As far as our knowledge is concerned, Earth is the most suited planet for life as we know it. But as we continue to become better at exploring the vast expanse of deep space, it is evident that there are other planets out there that might host life, just not in the form that we see it here on Earth. And for that we might not even have to go that far, the recent discovery of phosphine molecules in Venus’ atmosphere, if confirmed, would vouch for that.

Having said that, finding an exoplanet that is as hospitable to human life as our own, would be the greatest find ever. After all, it is one of the most burning questions in the scientific community — Is there an Earth 2.0 out there? A team of astronomers led by Washington State University scientist Dirk Schulze-Makuchnight now have taken the first step in that direction. …


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WEEKLY BUSINESS ROUNDUP

The state of Financial markets & Economies, Weekly Charts, Business Trends & Statistics

U.S markets swayed this week with three major market benchmarks notching modest gains for the week. Dow and S&P 500 posted gains after retail sales rose in September at the fastest pace in three months. The tech index Nasdaq closed lower after the news that big tech companies are under the radar in the U.S senate with the danger of a bill expected to break up these companies.

Overall, this was the third straight week of gains for both the S&P and Dow & the fourth one for the Nasdaq. …


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CANCER RESEARCH

Coupled with nanoparticles, it keeps the drug carriers closed till cancer cells come knocking

All our energies are being currently directed towards controlling the pandemic with a vaccine, hopefully, sometime in the near future. And chances are that we would be able to gain some control over the spread of the contagious virus. Cancer, on the other hand, has been here for decades and now kills more people than any other disease on the planet.

Luckily, we have had some promising research shine through in recent months and years. …


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CYBERCRIME

Apparently, One of the largest botnets online may pose a threat to U.S election integrity by launching ransomware attacks

When it comes down to fighting international cybercrime, the global software giant, Microsoft has always been at the forefront. From dismantling the Waledac botnet in 2010 to earlier this year, when the big tech pinned down Thallium — a nation-state hacker group backed by North Korea. Microsoft took down 50 domains that Thallium was using to conduct its nefarious activities.

Of course, that does not stop every malicious activity on the internet. Constant and vigilant monitoring is required to keep these bad players at bay. Ransomware is one of the most popular forms of cybercrimes via which cybercriminals encrypt users’ data and then demand payment — usually in cryptocurrency — to unlock the data. And the malicious network in question today is a Russian botnet called Trickbot. …


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GLOBAL ECONOMY

4 Charts showing the steep path ahead for the global economy as roadblocks mount

As COVID-19 continues to spread unabated globally, the signs of psychological & economic fatigue are showing up with the continued social restrictions. The euphoria around the economic stimulus provided by the governments after the first wave is waning as many countries battle a bigger second wave. Low & middle-income countries are facing an even more challenging time with their limited fiscal capacity.

A swift recovery to normalcy on health & economic fronts looks increasingly unlikely and an uphill task at best. With over 38 million infected and close to 1.1 million fatalities, stiff challenges lie ahead. …


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MATTER, DARK MATTER & DARK ENERGY

Scientists have now taken a stab at a daunting exercise of estimating the amount of matter in the known Universe

Scientists have been hard at work for many years to decode the mystery behind the forces labeled as ‘dark energy’ and ‘dark matter’ — where the former is estimated to be about 70% of the known universe and the latter makes up for roughly 25%, with only 4–5% of the remaining as the matter that we can actually account for.

While the bigger mystery around the two, not yet understood phenomenon remains, a team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside has taken up the challenging task of calculating the smallest component of the known universe — matter. …

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