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Endangered species protection finds blockchain and Bitcoin love

Ketaki Dixit



Endagered species blockchain love
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The 66-foot blue whale that washed ashore the Chilean coast sparked a debate on the protection and support of endangered species. The blue whale is the largest animal ever known to have existed and only about 25000 are believed to remain.

Gabriela Garrido, a researcher at the Museum of Natural History Río Seco, was shocked to see people jumping on top of the dead mammal with some of them taking a selfie. Alessandro Roberto, an endangered species activist from Peurto Rico says,

“How can we protect these species from human beings? We are the biggest threat to our own planet. Today’s vandalism shows that before protection people need to be made aware and civilized behavior is the first step to protectionism”

Care for the Uncared (CfU) an NGO based out of Uganda have plans to introduce blockchain technology to preserve and protect endangered species which also include Blue Whales, Indian Tiger, Sea Otter, Asian Elephant, Giant Panda and many more.

Bale Kabumba, spokesperson for CfU spoke to AMBCrypto and says they are already working with leading blockchain developers from London to track, tag and record the health, geographic reach, movement patterns to better understand the species in order to protect them. They soon plan a Bitcoin donation platform in order for people to support.

Bale says,

“This record would be publicly accessible in the block and although the work is just beginning and the future is uncertain we definitely believe this will change the way we behave and interact with nature. This record will eventually help understand the determining factors in species extinction”

Albert Thomson, a blockchain developer from Berlin says,

“We need to a blockchain intervention here. It’s refreshing to see blockchain being used to enhance our environment rather than just minting money for everyone”

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Ketaki Dixit is a Journalism major from Jain University. She has about 1-year experience in the field and is passionate about blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency world.

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Bitcoin SV [BSV] gets hit with another reorg as multiple blocks get orphaned, including a 128 MB block

Akash Anand



Bitcoin SV [BSV] gets hit with another reorg as multiple blocks get orphaned, including a 128 MB block
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Bitcoin SV [BSV] and its proponents have been making headlines over the past couple of weeks, either due to developments or because of comments made by its major proponents, Craig Wright, the chief scientist at nChain, and Calvin Ayre.

The network was also hit with several members of the cryptocurrency community alleging that the cryptocurrency itself is a sham without any use cases, as evidenced by its delisting on several popular cryptocurrency exchanges like Binance, Kraken and Shapeshift.

The latest news added salt to BSV’s wounds after it was revealed that the network went through another blockchain reorganization on a 128 MB block. This fact was pointed out by Nikita Zhavoronkov, the lead developer of Blockchair, who had tweeted:

“Whoops! $BSV has experienced yet another reorg, this time 6 (six!) consecutive blocks were orphaned (#578640–578645), this chain included a 128 MB block #578644 🤦‍♂️ The network was basically stuck for 1.5 hours, and this shows that even 6 confirmations are not enough.”

Orphaned blocks are valid blocks which are not part of the main chain. There are ways that they can occur naturally when two miners produce blocks at similar times or they can be a result of an attacker with enough hashing power using it for nefarious activities like reversing transactions.

A major reason why this reorg event made news was that a major 128 MB block was stuck in transaction, something that was not supposed to occur according to the initial claims made by the SV camp. Supporters of the cryptocurrency, however, have stated that despite being slower than promised, the transactions on the block settled faster than that on a Bitcoin Core block.

One supporter of BSV, mboyd1, tweeted:

“Orphaned blocks are a feature, not a bug”

To this tweet, Zyo, another cryptocurrency enthusiast replied:

“yes, but orphaning 6 blocks in a row is not good, that means that 6 confirmations is not safe. It’s a bug because the 100+ MB take way too long to propagate and validate. There is a reason why BCH doesn’t have [yet] 100+ MB blocks.”

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