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Author: Terry Grant

ASU’s Blockchain Research Lab director explains cryptocurrency and blockchain applications

Dash is up and Bitcoin is down. U.S. Nasdaq Market Technology and Switzerland’s SIX Securities Services are exploring digital ledger technologies for stock market trades. IBM and Microsoft have introduced blockchain platforms.  But despite the growing buzz about crypto technologies, most consumers remain puzzled by what it all means. Dragan Boscovic, an Arizona State University computer science professor and director of the Blockchain Research Lab, provides some answers. What is cryptocurrency? Digital currencies, like Dash and Bitcoin, are also known as a cryptocurrencies. They are a decentralized form of online money that doesn’t require or rely on government controls,...

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New tipping point prediction model offers insights to diminishing bee colonies

A new method to predict tipping points –  the moment at which sudden change occurs in complex networked systems – may offer insights that prevent colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon in which the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear, threatening the agricultural economy at a global level. In 2015-2016, U.S. beekeepers lost 44 percent of their honey bee colonies, according to a survey funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The paper, “Predicting tipping points in mutualistic networks through dimension reduction,” published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences as an extended research article, was...

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