THE PROMISE OF BLOCKCHAIN IS A WORLD WITHOUT MIDDLEMEN


THE PROMISE OF BLOCKCHAIN IS A WORLD WITHOUT MIDDLEMEN

 

In a world without middlemen, things get more efficient in unexpected ways. A 1% transaction fee may not seem like much, but down a 15-step supply chain, it adds up. These kinds of little frictions add just enough drag on the global economy that we’re forced to stick with short supply chains and deals done by the container load, because it’s simply too inefficient to have more links in the supply chain and to work with smaller transactions. The decentralization that blockchain provides would change that, which could have huge possible impacts for economies in the developing world. Any transformation which helps small businesses compete with giants will have major global effects.

Source: Harvard Business Review

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ASTRONAUT: WHAT CHINA’S MOON LANDING MEANS FOR US

ASTRONAUT: WHAT CHINA’S MOON LANDING MEANS FOR US

 

China started out the year by doing something that no nation has done before: It landed a spacecraft and an accompanying rover on the far side of the moon with an ambitious scientific payload package and an exciting mission ahead to study the interior structure of the moon with the help of ground-penetrating radar, among other things.

Almost equally impressive from a technical standpoint, China successfully placed a communication relay satellite into a lunar halo orbit to enable the command of, and communication with, both the spacecraft and rover, which do not have line-of-sight views of Earth for direct radio contact.

Source: CNN

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ELON MUSK: SPACEX´S “BFR” ROCKET WILL DO MORE THAN TAKE US TO MARS

ELON MUSK: SPACEX´S “BFR” ROCKET WILL DO MORE THAN TAKE US TO MARS

 

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk attended the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), on Friday where he once again spoke about plans for making humans multiplanetary. Musk has been teasing updates for a while about a rocket that would be part of an Interplanetary Transport Systems (ITS). This rocket — or rocket system — doesn’t have an actual name yet, but for now it’s going by its code name: BFR.

Source: Futurism

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INNOVATIVE HYUNDAI ‘ELEVATE’ WALKING CAR CONCEPT CREATES A NEW VEHICLE CATEGORY, THE UMV, ULTIMATE MOBILITY VEHICLE

INNOVATIVE HYUNDAI ‘ELEVATE’ WALKING CAR CONCEPT CREATES A NEW VEHICLE CATEGORY, THE UMV, ULTIMATE MOBILITY VEHICLE

 

This vehicle combines the power of robotics and EV technology to take people where no vehicle has been before. The four-legged Hyundai ‘Elevate’ will redefine our perception of vehicular mobility. This design concept and prototype will be showcased at the Hyundai’s press conference on January 7 at 3 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center, Level 2, Oceanside B.

Source: Hyundai.com

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NASA PAYS TRIBUTE TO EARLY SPACE PIONEER RICHARD GORDON

NASA PAYS TRIBUTE TO EARLY SPACE PIONEER RICHARD GORDON

 

Naval officer, aviator, chemist, test pilot, and astronaut were among the many hats of this talented and daring explorer. Dick was pilot of Gemini XI in 1966, on which he performed a spacewalk where he tethered the Gemini and Agena together for the very first attempt at creating artificial gravity by rotating spacecraft. He also was command module pilot of Apollo 12, the second manned mission to land on the Moon. While his crewmates Pete Conrad and Alan Bean landed in the Ocean of Storms, he remained in lunar orbit aboard the Yankee Clipper, taking photos for potential future landing sites and later performing final re-docking maneuvers.

Source: NASA

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NASA’S MARS INSIGHT LANDS ON A NEW MISSION TO TAKE THE PULSE OF THE RED PLANET

NASA’S MARS INSIGHT LANDS ON A NEW MISSION TO TAKE THE PULSE OF THE RED PLANET

 

The Mars InSight lander, which blasted off in May, touched down early on Tuesday morning AEDT.
Its landing was not quite as nail-biting as Curiosity’s, but it still carried an element of risk, said the mission’s deputy lead, Sue Smrekar, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

When it works, it looks smooth and easy — like a piece of cake — but in fact at least a third of missions that have been sent to Mars have failed,” Dr Smrekar said

 

Source: ABC Science

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MEET THE CEO OF THE INSURANCE COMPANY GROWING FASTER THAN APPLE: TRICIA GRIFFITH

MEET THE CEO OF THE INSURANCE COMPANY GROWING FASTER THAN APPLE: TRICIA GRIFFITH

 

Griffith knows: She began her career at Progressive as a claims rep three decades ago. That makes her a rarity on two fronts: a CEO who started as an entry-level employee at the company she now leads, and one of just 24 female Fortune 500 chief executives. But she’s also something else: a CEO pulling off the remarkable evolution of a company in a relatively staid, stable industry. Progressive’s one-year and annualized three-year sales growth (at 20.2% and 11.4%, respectively) tops both Apple’s and Microsoft’s. The insurer’s stock is up nearly 50% over the past 12 months, and profits have more than doubled. In 2017 Progressive vaulted past Allstate to become the nation’s third-largest auto insurer, behind Geico and State Farm. And perhaps most impressively, at the end of the third quarter, the Mayfield, Ohio, company hit $30 billion in net premiums written, after reaching $20 billion just three years earlier—a remarkable growth rate for an enterprise that’s now 81 years old.

 

Source: Fortune

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MEET THE NAVY’S FIRST FEMALE EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF A NUCLEAR AIRCRAFT CARRIER

MEET THE NAVY’S FIRST FEMALE EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF A NUCLEAR AIRCRAFT CARRIER

 

As the XO, Bauernschmidt is the second in command of the USS Abraham Lincoln, one of 11 U.S. aircraft carriers stationed around the world. Bauernschmidt manages the ship’s day-to-day operations, so the commander can focus on strategy. She basically runs a floating city of 5,000 people – a city with a mission.

 

Source: CBS News

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