You Can Now Pay for Ride Fares in the Moscow Subway With Your Face

Contactless payment systems are quickly becoming an ordinary part of our daily lives. As of this week, you can even pay for subway fares with your face. Before you ask where you can sign up, this new facial recognition payment system has debuted in Rus…

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Cannibalistic lancetfish washes up on a San Diego beach

Beachgoers discovered a 4-foot lancetfish washed up near the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego Tuesday. Although not particularly rare, researchers noted it was the first lancetfish preserved by the institution …

Here’s how to see Leonard’s Comet, the brightest comet all year

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Leonard’s comet, not pictured, has spent roughly 35,000 years getting closer to our sun and has finally made its way closer to Earth’s neck of the universe. It’s expected to be the brightest comet of the year. Hans/Pixabay

Don’t miss this rock before it gets tossed out of the solar system.

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It’s the last Bandcamp Friday of 2021

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In March 2020, Bandcamp started a promotion where it would forego taking a revenue share from sales artists made on its platform, providing some additiona…

$50,000 In Dogecoin And A Tesla Up For Grabs In Binance Giveaway

Binance recently announced that it had opened up Dogecoin withdrawals after it had limited the capability due to an issue with Doge’s latest update. The reinstatement had been a big relief for users who had been unable to withdraw their Dogecoin on the platform. Following this, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao announced a giveaway for the […]

Calls For Tesla To Resume Bitcoin Payments As Mining Reaches 57% Renewable Energy

Bitcoin mining energy consumption has been one of the most addressed issues in the crypto space. Concerns over its energy consumption and environmental impact had been reasons cited during the China crackdown that saw miners exit out of the region en masse. The once bitcoin mining capital of the world had seen its hashrate crumble to zero following this move. Automotive manufacturer Tesla had also cited the same reasons when it had removed BTC payments option for its electric vehicles after implementing barely two months earlier. According to CEO Elon Musk, the EV manufacturer planned on implementing BTC payments again but the catch was that bitcoin mining would have to reach at least 50% clean energy. Related Reading | Croatia’s Largest Supermarket Chain Rolls Out Bitcoin Payments Bitcoin Mining Crosses 57% Renewable Energy The Bitcoin Mining Council which had been formed in June has been dedicated to tracking and reporting mining activities in the space. One of those has been the renewable energy usage in mining. The council which is made up of a network of bitcoin miners first reported in Q2 of 2021 that bitcoin mining activities had surpassed 50% renewable energy. In October, the council had once again released a report addressing the energy consumption of mining activities. The Bitcoin Mining Council reported that renewable energy usage had gone up in Q3, touching at 57.7% renewable energy. These numbers have evidently surpassed the threshold that Tesla CEO Elon Musk had set back in June as a prerequisite for resuming BTC payments. This is inaccurate. Tesla only sold ~10% of holdings to confirm BTC could be liquidated easily without moving market. When there’s confirmation of reasonable (~50%) clean energy usage by miners with positive future trend, Tesla will resume allowing Bitcoin transactions. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 13, 2021 BTC crashes to $55K | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com Calls For Tesla To Resume BTC Payments Taking to Twitter, BTC supporters had called on Elon Musk to review his statement regarding BTC transactions for Tesla vehicles. Data from the Bitcoin Mining Council’s report had been quoted by others to show that mining activities are now being powered by more than 50% clean energy. Confirmed. Your move @ElonMusk 🤔 pic.twitter.com/1c0TtKg1Ow — Bitcoin Archive 🗄🚀🌔 (@BTC_Archive) December 1, 2021 Others, however, have questioned the credibility of the numbers provided by the council. Pointing out information from the press release that said 33% of the global bitcoin network had taken part in the survey. Another user said that there was no way to get reliable data using paper surveys. Rather energy audits would need to be carried out to determine what percentage of energy is clean energy. Related Reading | SEC Boss Acknowledges That Bitcoin Is A Competitor For U.S. Banking System There is no doubt that Tesla resuming BTC transactions would be positive for the market. The first time the automotive manufacturer had implemented crypto payments had sent the price of BTC surging. Elon Musk – or Tesla, is yet to address the issue of reinstating BTC payments despite the two reports from the Bitcoin Mining Council showing that mining has now crossed 50% clean energy. Featured image from Ledger Insights, chart from TradingView.com