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Columbia Law Professor Smeared by Israel Supporters Could Lose Her Job
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 15:19:34 +0000

“There’s a very good chance that they will fire me,” said Katherine Franke, a tenured professor who has defended students protesting for Gaza.

The post Columbia Law Professor Smeared by Israel Supporters Could Lose Her Job appeared first on The Intercept.


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There’s a Junk Science Crisis in Criminal Convictions. Sonia Sotomayor Calls It Out in Alabama Bite-Mark Case.
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 17:03:33 +0000

While the court refused to review the 1985 case of Charles McCrory, Sotomayor urged states to pass laws to help exonerate people imprisoned on debunked forensic evidence.

The post There’s a Junk Science Crisis in Criminal Convictions. Sonia Sotomayor Calls It Out in Alabama Bite-Mark Case. appeared first on The Intercept.


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GOP Platform Doesn’t Mention the Word “Climate” Once — Even After Hottest Year on Record
Tue, 09 Jul 2024 21:20:15 +0000

The Trump-led 2024 Republican platform instead calls for an American Iron Dome and the largest deportation operation ever.

The post GOP Platform Doesn’t Mention the Word “Climate” Once — Even After Hottest Year on Record appeared first on The Intercept.


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Alec Baldwin’s Rust shooting trial dismissed after lawyers say evidence was withheld
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 23:43:08 GMT

New Mexico judge agrees charges should be dropped after lawyers said state ‘buried’ evidence about live ammunition

Alec Baldwin’s involuntary manslaughter trial came to a dramatic end on Friday, after a New Mexico judge dismissed the case against the actor and found that the state had improperly withheld evidence related to how live rounds of ammunition ended up on the film set where the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot.

Just days after courtroom proceedings had begun, Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer ruled in favor of the defense and agreed that the charges against Baldwin should be dropped, finding that the state had concealed evidence that would have been favorable to the actor. The dismissal, made with prejudice, puts an end to the involuntary manslaughter case against Baldwin.

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Alec Baldwin trial: judge mulls dismissal after claim that state withheld evidence
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 22:01:11 GMT

Actor’s defense team at Rust film set shooting trial accuses state of concealing ammunition turned over to police

The judge in Alec Baldwin’s involuntary manslaughter trial is considering a motion from the defense to dismiss the case after the actor’s lawyers argued that the state improperly withheld evidence.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the Rust armorer who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter earlier this year, was initially expected take the stand at Baldwin’s trial on Friday. But the proceedings took a dramatic turn as Baldwin’s defense team accused the state of concealing evidence that would have been favorable to the actor and asked Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer to throw out the case.

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New York judge dismisses Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy case
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 21:40:14 GMT

Ruling clears way for two Georgia election workers to try to recover nearly $150m Giuliani was ordered to pay them

A New York judge dismissed Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy case on Friday, clearing the way for two Georgia election workers to try to recover nearly $150m Giuliani was ordered to pay them for defaming them after the 2020 election.

“The court finds that cause exists to convert or dismiss the case. The record in this case reflects Mr Giuliani’s continued failure to meet his reporting obligations and provide the financial transparency required of a debtor in possession,” US bankruptcy judge Sean Lane wrote in his ruling. Lane also barred Giuliani from filing for bankruptcy again within one year.

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New York judge throws out Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy case
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 21:27:19 +0000
The decision paves the way for two former Georgia election workers who won a defamation claim against him to pursue and potentially seize his assets.
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Labour will rightly be judged by how it fixes our problems. But never forget who left the UK in such a rotten state | Polly Toynbee
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 05:00:44 GMT

Although Cameron and Osborne have been rebranded as Tory moderates, look back to 2010 and you’ll see how much devastation they truly caused

Lest we forget, here is an audit of the state of the country Labour inherits. Pin it up, brand it into public memory so no one can forget the ruination caused primarily by 14 years of crushing, growth-killing, public service-stripping austerity. The purpose of the book I’ve written with David Walker, The Only Way is Up, published today, is to draw a baseline from which to judge all that Labour does from now on: in future, look back on this benchmark to measure how it did.

Curiously, because of the mayhem caused by their riotous successors, a myth has grown that David Cameron and George Osborne were somehow Tory moderates by post-Brexit standards. But Cameron’s nonchalant demeanour, shielded by Nick Clegg’s willing connivance, disguised the extreme nature of an ideological first budget that set the trajectory for all the Tory years. Remember this: only seven weeks into power, Osborne announced a budget in which the balance of spending cuts to tax rises was 77% to 23%. That included £17bn cut from government departments; £11bn cut from benefits; a triple-lock rise for pensioners while freezing child benefit; freezing public sector pay; the lowest-ever real-terms increase in NHS funding; and petty meanness such as ending health in pregnancy grants and cutting maternity grants beyond the first child, while reducing corporation tax and raising the threshold for national insurance paid by employers. It set the tone for the years to come.

Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist

The Only Way is Up: How to Take Britain From Austerity to Prosperity by Polly Toynbee and David Walker is published today. Order your copy at guardianbookshop.com to support the Guardian and Observer

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Brazil’s spy agency accused of illegally targeting Bolsonaro’s foes
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 20:12:38 GMT

Five arrested in investigation of claims Abin monitored and harassed top public figures and politicians

Brazil’s intelligence agency was illegally weaponised during Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right administration to monitor and harass some of the country’s most important politicians, journalists, judges and environmental officials, federal police have alleged.

Five people were arrested on Thursday as part of a long-running investigation into suspicions that during Bolsonaro’s 2019-22 government the Agência Brasileira de Inteligência (Abin) was used to spy on the president’s political foes.

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Canadian serial killer given life sentence for murders of Indigenous women
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 18:39:38 GMT

Family members say justice has been served after Jeremy Skibicki convicted of four murders in Winnipeg

A serial killer who preyed on Indigenous women in Canada will serve decades in prison after a judge determined he was criminally responsible for four “jarring and numbing” murders, in a verdict celebrated by family as “justice being served”.

Justice Glenn Joyal ruled on Thursday that Jeremy Skibicki was guilty of first-degree murder in the killings of Rebecca Contois, Morgan Harris, Marcedes Myran and an unidentified woman, who was named Mashkode Bizhiki’ikwe (Buffalo Woman) by Indigenous leaders. Joyal rejected an argument from the defence that Skibicki’s mental health had prevented him from understanding his actions.

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What restrictions are placed on defendants in climate protest trials?
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 12:17:36 GMT

Judge put limits on the evidence M25 activists could bring on the effects of climate breakdown

The chaotic scenes inside and outside court at the trial of five people accused of conspiring to block traffic on the M25 in 2022 have highlighted restrictions placed on defendants in a number of climate protest trials that people are seeking to challenge, but risk falling foul of the law as they seek to do so. Here the Guardian explains the basis of the restrictions and why they are so contentious.

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Biden told to drop out during meeting with Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 20:52:09 +0000

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President Biden attended a virtual meeting with leadership from the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and...
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 19:19:35 +0000

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The Congressional Progressive Caucus will meet virtually with President Biden on Saturday, according to a person...
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 18:40:18 +0000

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Republicans to NATO leaders: Take Trump seriously, not literally
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 22:08:36 +0000
NATO’s importance is a rare area of agreement in Congress, but Democrats fear the GOP won’t stand up to Trump were he to take back the White House.
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Pressure Grows in Congress to Treat Crypto Investigator Tigran Gambaryan, Jailed in Nigeria, as a Hostage
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 19:58:01 +0000
A new resolution echoes what 16 members of Congress have already said to the White House: It must do more to free one of the most storied crypto-focused federal agents in history.
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Even Centrists Are Questioning Biden. But the Squad Is Divided.
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 19:33:56 +0000

Several Squad members who were vocal critics of Biden’s handling of Israel’s war on Gaza have voiced support for the president.

The post Even Centrists Are Questioning Biden. But the Squad Is Divided. appeared first on The Intercept.


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Trump's Camp Says It Has Nothing to Do With Project 2025 Manifesto — Aside From Writing It
Fri, 05 Jul 2024 21:39:26 +0000

Trump administration officials and campaign staff helped draft the controversial playbook and appear in its videos.

The post Trump’s Camp Says It Has Nothing to Do With Project 2025 Manifesto — Aside From Writing It appeared first on The Intercept.


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Winners Announced in Gateways to Blue Skies Aeronautics Competition
Mon, 03 Jun 2024 18:04:51 +0000
The California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, team, with their project titled “Aero-Quake Emergency Response Network,” took first place at the third annual Gateways to Blue Skies Competition. Competing among eight finalist teams that presented their ideas for aviation-related systems for natural disasters, the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona team earned the top award at the […]
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Whether It’s Biden or Someone Else, Gaza Remains Top Priority for “Uncommitted” Voters
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 22:35:11 +0000

Activists who protested Biden’s handling of the war during Democratic primaries say they will maintain pressure no matter the nominee.

The post Whether It’s Biden or Someone Else, Gaza Remains Top Priority for “Uncommitted” Voters appeared first on The Intercept.


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Every Democrat Other Than Joe Biden Is Unburdened by What Has Been
Tue, 02 Jul 2024 22:28:57 +0000

As voters look for another option, alternative Democratic leaders poll similarly or even better than Biden — even without name recognition.

The post Every Democrat Other Than Joe Biden Is Unburdened by What Has Been appeared first on The Intercept.


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Surprise! The Latest ‘Comprehensive’ US Privacy Bill Is Doomed
Thu, 27 Jun 2024 15:55:24 +0000
Gutted of civil rights protections by Democrats to woo pro-business Republicans, the American Privacy Rights Act was pulled from a key congressional hearing—and appears unlikely to receive a full vote.
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How to turn surplus summer veg into an easy ferment – recipe | Waste not
Sat, 13 Jul 2024 05:00:13 GMT

Lacto-fermentation is a great way to preserve a glut of summer vegetables. And it’s easy, too

Like a kid in a sweet shop, I often get carried away at the market, especially with the abundance of this time of year, and usually end up leaving with far more vegetables than I have storage space for. By the end of the week, we’re inevitably left with a surplus that needs to be cooked or preserved.

Lacto-fermentation is a great way to preserve vegetables. It also, of course, diversifies our nutrient intake and boosts gut health via the beneficial bacteria that are created during the fermentation. This recipe is a wet fermentation, rather than a dry one such as sauerkraut; use it to ferment whole, sliced or chopped vegetables, all of them scrupulously cleaned.

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Maryland invented the orange crush. Now Delaware is claiming it.
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 20:16:36 +0000
The orange crush is an undeniably refreshing summer cocktail that’s suddenly at the center of a border battle.
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Cocktail of the week: Albert’s Schloss’ apple strudel – recipe | The good mixer
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 15:00:55 GMT

A sweet-and-sour apple rum punch with cinnamon, lemon and a slice of apple

There are various things synonymous with the alpine and Black Forest regions of Bavaria, but one of the best known is the apple strudel. We thought it would be fun to capture it in cocktail form, and it’s been a mainstay of our drinks list pretty much ever since. The sweetness of baked apples is balanced by a sour aspect, all steered with the likes of cinnamon and sugar to create a real comfort food dessert. Or, in this case, drink!

James Plant, head of openings and innovations, Albert’s Schloss, London W1

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How to use a bunch of basil and think beyond pesto
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 13:05:32 +0000
Pesto is great, but basil can be used in a variety ways, including in sweet and savory dishes.
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App that tracked fuel tankers in China used to transport cooking oil is disabled
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 11:17:57 GMT

App reportedly received a surge in queries this week after newspaper exposed food safety scandal

An app that allows users to track trucks across China has been disabled after a scandal in which reporters discovered that tankers used to transport fuel were also being used to transport cooking oil, without proper cleaning in between.

On Thursday, Chinese media reported that the tracking function on Shipping Help, an app used to track cargos, had been disabled. The app displayed a message saying the service was being “upgraded” and was therefore “temporarily unavailable”.

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What to watch with your kids: ‘Descendants: The Rise of Red’ and more
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 11:00:00 +0000
Common Sense Media also reviews “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Sausage Party: Foodtopia” and “Exploding Kittens.”
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Experience: we found a bear swimming in our pool
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 09:00:00 GMT

The cubs stood nervously on the edge, too scared to get in

When my partner, Brian, and I first moved into our house in the foothills of Monrovia, California, in November 2022, we knew there was something unusual about the place. It has stunning views over the San Gabriel valley, a lovely pool and guest house. It is the last house before the Angeles national forest begins.

On our first visit to the house, we saw a family of American black bears walking through the backyard. At first, I was a little scared as I hadn’t been around bears before, and thought of the online videos of bears wreaking havoc by entering people’s homes and stealing food. But we liked the house so much that we decided to learn to live alongside them.

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Inside Mexico’s anti-avocado militias – podcast
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 04:00:44 GMT

The spread of the avocado is a story of greed, ambition, corruption, water shortages, cartel battles and, in a number of towns and villages, a fierce fightback. By Alexander Sammon

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Food companies feel the pain as consumers reject higher prices
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 21:47:09 +0000
Faced with revenue and unit sales declines in recent months, snack giants PepsiCo and Conagra confront the reality of “value-seeking behavior.”
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La Grande Boucherie is the Titanic of D.C.’s restaurant scene
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 20:00:27 +0000
At 450 seats, La Grande Boucherie is big, beautiful and something of a wreck.
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Nathan’s hot dog contest eater apologizes after cheating accusations
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 19:17:41 +0000
Nick Wehry denies cheating allegations but admits the ‘appearance or possibility of impropriety’ and asks organizers to reduce his score.
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It’s too darn hot. Only ice cream floats make it bearable.
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 17:00:03 +0000
An ice cream float is an ideal cooling dessert that’s impossible to mess up.
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This $16 bold sauvignon blanc is full of fruit and spice
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 16:00:08 +0000
A weekly trio of wines to sample, including an Austrian grüner veltliner and an Italian red blend.
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The Best Nonalcoholic Wines, Chosen by a Bartender (2024)
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 13:00:00 +0000
Nonalcoholic wine is a rapidly growing beverage category. Here are the best red, white, and sparkling options we’ve tasted.
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Sauerkraut shines in this Reuben-inspired crispy tofu dish
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 13:00:53 +0000
Sauerkraut is the star alongside breaded tofu with Russian dressing.
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Outrage in China after reports of fuel tankers transporting cooking oil
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 10:21:34 +0000
Multiple investigations are underway after revelations that tanker trucks used for carrying chemicals and waste then carried edible oil — without being cleaned.
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The Companies Making It Easy to Buy in a West Bank Settlement
Tue, 09 Jul 2024 17:40:49 +0000

Real estate firms are touring North American cities marketing homes in Israel — and in illegal West Bank settlements.

The post The Companies Making It Easy to Buy in a West Bank Settlement appeared first on The Intercept.


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This Ancient Technology Is Helping Millions Stay Cool
Tue, 09 Jul 2024 15:42:42 +0000
Cheap, low-energy evaporative cooling devices are keeping water, food, people, and even whole buildings cool across India.
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Vegan BLTs
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0000
These vegan BLTs feature a “bacon” made from rice paper, tofu and a smoky marinade, inspired by a Gordon Ramsay recipe.
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‘Comfort comes from community building’: how a Macmillan Coffee Morning can help you feel more connected
Fri, 05 Jul 2024 11:03:24 GMT

It’s not just those living with cancer who benefit from the millions of pounds raised by the charity. Fundraising events can also do wonders for the people who support them

As a species, our relationship with food is pretty unique. For most animals, it’s simply a way to get nutrients. But for us, food is emotion, culture, and community. The exchange of words and the sharing of food are two fundamentally human activities with the power to quietly do the world of good. So what better way to raise money for charity than combining these two things?

A Macmillan Coffee Morning brings communities together while fundraising to support the 3m people living with cancer in the UK. The first Macmillan Coffee Morning took place in 1990, with the emphasis on getting people together in a relaxed environment to connect over food. In 2023 alone, £18m was raised – but it’s not just those who rely on Macmillan Cancer Support’s services who stand to benefit. Taking part in a Macmillan Coffee Morning fundraiser does something good for those who attend too. Those who join often share their own experiences with others, which can help them feel less lonely.

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Tue, 09 Jul 2019 08:19:21 GMT

A weekly email from Yotam Ottolenghi, Meera Sodha, Felicity Cloake and Rachel Roddy, featuring the latest recipes and seasonal eating ideas

Each week we’ll send you an exclusive newsletter from our star food writers. We’ll also send you the latest recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi, Nigel Slater, Meera Sodha and all our star cooks, stand-out food features and seasonal eating inspiration, plus restaurant reviews from Grace Dent and Jay Rayner.

Sign up below to start receiving the best of our culinary journalism in one mouth-watering weekly email.

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Style, with substance: what’s really trending this week, a roundup of the best fashion journalism and your wardrobe dilemmas solved, direct to your inbox every Thursday

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What is Blockchain: Everything You Need to Know (2022)
Mon, 18 Apr 2022 05:49:00 +0000
What is Blockchain

If you want to pay online, you need to register an account and provide credit card information. If you don't have a credit card, you can pay with bank transfer. With the rise of cryptocurrencies, these methods may become old.

Imagine a world in which you can do transactions and many other things without having to give your personal information. A world in which you don’t need to rely on banks or governments anymore. Sounds amazing, right? That’s exactly what blockchain technology allows us to do.

It’s like your computer’s hard drive. blockchain is a technology that lets you store data in digital blocks, which are connected together like links in a chain. 

Blockchain technology was originally invented in 1991 by two mathematicians, Stuart Haber and W. Scot Stornetta. They first proposed the system to ensure that timestamps could not be tampered with.

A few years later, in 1998, software developer Nick Szabo proposed using a similar kind of technology to secure a digital payments system he called “Bit Gold.” However, this innovation was not adopted until Satoshi Nakamoto claimed to have invented the first Blockchain and Bitcoin.

So, What is Blockchain?

A blockchain is a distributed database shared between the nodes of a computer network. It saves information in digital format. Many people first heard of blockchain technology when they started to look up information about bitcoin.

Blockchain is used in cryptocurrency systems to ensure secure, decentralized records of transactions.

Blockchain allowed people to guarantee the fidelity and security of a record of data without the need for a third party to ensure accuracy.

To understand how a blockchain works, Consider these basic steps:

  • Blockchain collects information in “blocks”.
  • A block has a storage capacity, and once it's used up, it can be closed and linked to a previously served block.
  • Blocks form chains, which are called “Blockchains.”
  • More information will be added to the block with the most content until its capacity is full. The process repeats itself.
  • Each block in the chain has an exact timestamp and can't be changed.

Let’s get to know more about the blockchain.

How does blockchain work?

Blockchain records digital information and distributes it across the network without changing it. The information is distributed among many users and stored in an immutable, permanent ledger that can't be changed or destroyed. That's why blockchain is also called "Distributed Ledger Technology" or DLT.

Here’s how it works:

  • Someone or a computer will transacts
  • The transaction is transmitted throughout the network.
  • A network of computers can confirm the transaction.
  • When it is confirmed a transaction is added to a block
  • The blocks are linked together to create a history.

And that’s the beauty of it! The process may seem complicated, but it’s done in minutes with modern technology. And because technology is advancing rapidly, I expect things to move even more quickly than ever.

  • A new transaction is added to the system. It is then relayed to a network of computers located around the world. The computers then solve equations to ensure the authenticity of the transaction.
  • Once a transaction is confirmed, it is placed in a block after the confirmation. All of the blocks are chained together to create a permanent history of every transaction.

How are Blockchains used?

Even though blockchain is integral to cryptocurrency, it has other applications. For example, blockchain can be used for storing reliable data about transactions. Many people confuse blockchain with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ethereum.

Blockchain already being adopted by some big-name companies, such as Walmart, AIG, Siemens, Pfizer, and Unilever. For example, IBM's Food Trust uses blockchain to track food's journey before reaching its final destination.

Although some of you may consider this practice excessive, food suppliers and manufacturers adhere to the policy of tracing their products because bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella have been found in packaged foods. In addition, there have been isolated cases where dangerous allergens such as peanuts have accidentally been introduced into certain products.

Tracing and identifying the sources of an outbreak is a challenging task that can take months or years. Thanks to the Blockchain, however, companies now know exactly where their food has been—so they can trace its location and prevent future outbreaks.

Blockchain technology allows systems to react much faster in the event of a hazard. It also has many other uses in the modern world.

What is Blockchain Decentralization?

Blockchain technology is safe, even if it’s public. People can access the technology using an internet connection.

Have you ever been in a situation where you had all your data stored at one place and that one secure place got compromised? Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to prevent your data from leaking out even when the security of your storage systems is compromised?

Blockchain technology provides a way of avoiding this situation by using multiple computers at different locations to store information about transactions. If one computer experiences problems with a transaction, it will not affect the other nodes.

Instead, other nodes will use the correct information to cross-reference your incorrect node. This is called “Decentralization,” meaning all the information is stored in multiple places.

Blockchain guarantees your data's authenticity—not just its accuracy, but also its irreversibility. It can also be used to store data that are difficult to register, like legal contracts, state identifications, or a company's product inventory.

Pros and Cons of Blockchain

Blockchain has many advantages and disadvantages. 

Pros

  • Accuracy is increased because there is no human involvement in the verification process.
  • One of the great things about decentralization is that it makes information harder to tamper with.
  • Safe, private, and easy transactions
  • Provides a banking alternative and safe storage of personal information

Cons

  • Data storage has limits.
  • The regulations are always changing, as they differ from place to place.
  • It has a risk of being used for illicit activities 

Frequently Asked Questions About Blockchain

I’ll answer the most frequently asked questions about blockchain in this section.

Is Blockchain a cryptocurrency?

Blockchain is not a cryptocurrency but a technology that makes cryptocurrencies possible. It's a digital ledger that records every transaction seamlessly.

Is it possible for Blockchain to be hacked?

Yes, blockchain can be theoretically hacked, but it is a complicated task to be achieved. A network of users constantly reviews it, which makes hacking the blockchain difficult.

What is the most prominent blockchain company?

Coinbase Global is currently the biggest blockchain company in the world. The company runs a commendable infrastructure, services, and technology for the digital currency economy.

Who owns Blockchain?

Blockchain is a decentralized technology. It’s a chain of distributed ledgers connected with nodes. Each node can be any electronic device. Thus, one owns blockhain.

What is the difference between Bitcoin and Blockchain technology?

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, which is powered by Blockchain technology while Blockchain is a distributed ledger of cryptocurrency 

What is the difference between Blockchain and a Database?

Generally a database is a collection of data which can be stored and organized using a database management system. The people who have access to the database can view or edit the information stored there. The client-server network architecture is used to implement databases. whereas a blockchain is a growing list of records, called blocks, stored in a distributed system. Each block contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, timestamp and transaction information. Modification of data is not allowed due to the design of the blockchain. The technology allows decentralized control and eliminates risks of data modification by other parties.

Final Saying

Blockchain has a wide spectrum of applications and, over the next 5-10 years, we will likely see it being integrated into all sorts of industries. From finance to healthcare, blockchain could revolutionize the way we store and share data. Although there is some hesitation to adopt blockchain systems right now, that won't be the case in 2022-2023 (and even less so in 2026). Once people become more comfortable with the technology and understand how it can work for them, owners, CEOs and entrepreneurs alike will be quick to leverage blockchain technology for their own gain. Hope you like this article if you have any question let me know in the comments section

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