In our last edition of the newsletter, we told you about a crazy Bitcoin farming complex that police in the UK shut down. Cryptomining isn’t illegal n the UK, but stealing electricity IS, and whoever owns the mining computers stole lots of electricity.
That’s not too surprising, in a way. Traditional cryptomining, called “proof-of-work,” requires vast amounts of energy. So many serious miners place their hardware wherever electricity is cheapest, which happens to be where energy is dirtiest. But if you’re wondering just why cryptomining uses so much energy, if it’s really bad for the environment, and if there’s a better way— that’s our featured story. Hit it up. I promise it explains the whole situation in plain English.
Are you thinking about buying a standing desk? Check out our review for the Flexispot Kana Bamboo. It’s shockingly good for the money.
Students in a few colleges have access to the best breakfast ever—a mix-and-match cereal vending machine from Kellogg. Yeah, I’d totally “suicide soda” that and try a little bit of everything.
If a turducken is a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey, what’s a lobster inside a squid inside a shark? I don’t know either, but it makes for a really cool fossil.
A proper game of Dungeons & Dragons can take hours to play. Do you know what doesn’t sound any shorter? MONOPOLY: Dungeons & Dragons. I call Ranger!
Recently, Tesla announced it would accept Bitcoin payments only to cancel that plan just over a month later. The company said, “Cryptocurrency is a good idea … but this cannot come at great cost to the environment.” Why is cryptocurrency bad for the environment? And can that change? Let’s dig in. Read More »
I’d never used a standing desk before trying out Flexispot’s Kana Bamboo Standing Desk, but now that I have, I don’t think I want to go back to my old desk. It’s gorgeous and helps me stay more active throughout my workday. Read More »
Privately funded space infrastructure company Axiom Space has announced its picks for the mission commander and pilot slots of its second private mission to space, dubbed Ax-2: retired former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and GT racer John Shoffner. Read More »
Fans of the iconic Dungeons & Dragons RPG might be shocked to learn that the game translates shockingly well to Monopoly form. Don’t believe me? Roll an insight check and see yourself with your own copy of MONOPOLY: Dungeons & Dragons! Read More »
Lately, feel-good news is hard to come by, but this week we have exactly that. That’s because government officials and researchers in Ecuador just confirmed that a giant tortoise found several years ago is actually a rare species they thought went extinct around 112 years ago. Read More »
Whether you need some overhead light or just an extra light to have in hand while exploring a dark area, this portable LED camping lantern is a great find. The ultra-bright lantern has 18 individual LED bulbs that can easily toggle between the low and high settings. You can hang it from the ceiling of your tent or flip the base around and set it upright on a flat surface. It also has a built-in fan with a quiet motor. Two air speeds provide airflow up to 10ft per second. It’s perfect for camping or an emergency preparedness kit.
About 174 million years ago, on what was probably an otherwise pleasant day, a lobster realized it was being eaten by a squid who, in turn, realized it was being eaten by a shark. And then they died … according to this fossil. Read More »
Japanese startup ispace announced that it will deliver lunar payloads from Canada and the United Arab Emirates to the Moon. The mission, set for 2022, relies on a Hakuto-R lander and SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets. It will be the UAE’s first lunar mission and the first trip to the Moon by a private Japanese company. Read More »
Would you trust a Nintendo Switch to handle your home security? A new Spy Alarm app uses your Joy-Con’s IR sensor to create a laser tripwire, alerting you when an intruder crosses its invisible path. For $10, the Spy Alarm is … well, it’s for kids, and it’s cheaper than a real-world SpyX motion alarm toy. Read More »
Sotheby’s will soon be auctioning off a private collection of approximately 500 literary pieces from famed British authors like the Brontë sisters—Emily, Anne, and Charlotte—and bard Robert Burns. The collection includes items like handwritten manuscripts, first edition books, and more. Read More »
Odds are, you’ve seen those Coca-Cola Freestyle machines that let you create your own carbonated drink abominations. Now, Kellogg’s has followed suit and made the same thing but for its cereals, so you can get the perfect bowl of cereal. Read More »
Getting started with smart home technology is daunting. There are many different paths you can go down. A common component of smart homes is the central “hub.” What exactly is a smart home hub, and do you need one? Read More »
AirTags are small Bluetooth trackers that can help you find your stuff, but they also work as triggers for automations. Using Apple’s Shortcuts app, you can use AirTags to trigger all sorts of events when you tap them against your iPhone or Apple Watch. Here are some ideas for putting them to use. Read More »