HANGING AROUND: Why do bats roost upside down?

  VIJAY SHAH   Imagine you’re in a dark forest. It’s getting late and the shadows are getting longer. You decide to find somewhere to bed down for the night, and by chance, you stumble upon a cave. Out comes your sleeping bag and jim-jams, and as you switch on the nightlight, you become aware of fluttering motions above your head. Hundreds of small shadows flutter erratically about the cave ceiling above you. Parts of it appear to be moving, a strange fuzzy mass with leathery wings sprouting from it and then flying towards yo as you cower!. Now if … Continue reading HANGING AROUND: Why do bats roost upside down?

THE CASARES FORMULA: An Argentinian trick to become a bitcoin millionaire

Crypto-currencies have heralded the 21st century version of the Gold Rush as rising interest in the investment power of these new forms of payment is buoyed by the innate desire of many people to become rich beyond their wildest dreams. While some are very much wary of the newfangled money, particularly given the oft-reported lurches in the value of Bitcoin itself, a crypto-currency pioneer from Argentina claims to have worked out a simple formula to transform yourself into a bitcoin millionaire.   Entrepreneur Wenceslao Casares is the CEO of startup Xapo, a company that offers storage, purchase and purse services for bitcoins, … Continue reading THE CASARES FORMULA: An Argentinian trick to become a bitcoin millionaire

URUGUAY AND ITS CAPITAL: A South American success story

The small South American nation of Uruguay, tucked away on the continent’s east coast between Brazil and Argentina, may be not as as well known as its bigger neighbours when it comes to the world stage and the everyday person, but the country is being lauded as a success story that has been financially and politically sound beyond many people’s expectations… and is on the rise. In the past fifteen years, Uruguay has spearheaded economic growth on the continent with an interannual growth rate of 2 per cent under three successive governments of the country’s centre-left Frente Amplio coalition, bringing new … Continue reading URUGUAY AND ITS CAPITAL: A South American success story

ICELANDIC BITCOIN RUSH: Cryptocurrency mining drains entire country’s electricity supply

Reykjavik – VIJAY SHAH via Grande Medios Bitcoins have become the source of what could be described as this century’s very own Gold Rush. The mining of cryptocurrencies, which is the most widespread method of obtaining this cyber money, requires a significant amount of both computing power and electrical current. In the northern European island of Iceland, the residents have taken to bitcoin mining in such a way that it is causing the country to actually run out of electricity. Iceland has around 340,000 inhabitants, one of the smallest in Europe. Famed for its volcanic landscapes and breathtaking landscapes, the … Continue reading ICELANDIC BITCOIN RUSH: Cryptocurrency mining drains entire country’s electricity supply