Crypto company Ripple is giving $50 million to universities including Stanford, MIT, and UCL for blockchain research

In this photo illustration of the ripple cryptocurrency 'altcoin' sits arranged for a photograph on April 25, 2018 in London, England. Cryptocurrency markets began to recover this month following a massive crash during the first quarter of 2018, seeing more than $550 billion wiped from the total market capitalisation. (Photo by )

Payments company Ripple is launching a $50 million fund to finance blockchain and crypto research at universities.
The new fund highlights the early-stage nature of blockchain and crypto tech, which many companies around the world are trying to use to create commercial ventures.

Crypto payments company Ripple has announced a new $50 million fund to finance university research into blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies.

Ripple has partnered with 17 universities around the world for the new project, including MIT, University College London, Princeton, Stanford, and the Australian National University. Universities involved in the project will be able to apply to Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative fund for cash. Some of the $50 million has already been allocated.

Eric van Miltenburg, SVP of Global Operations at Ripple, said in a statement: “Academia has traditionally been a critical driver of technical innovation.

“The University Blockchain Research Initiative is an acknowledgement of the vital importance of the unique role universities will play in advancing our understanding and application of cryptography and blockchain technology. It also speaks to the reality that university graduates will fuel a continually evolving and maturing financial marketplace and workforce.”

Ripple is not the first to collaborate with the university sector. Charles Hoskinson, who helped develop ethereum, last year committed to investing $1 million in setting up new blockchain labs at the University of Edinburgh and the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Both instances highlight the fact that the cryptocurrency space remains an early stage, development-led sector, despite large numbers of businesses trying to build commercial products using the technology and the huge amounts of capital these companies have attracted.

Blockchain tech, which was first popularized as the underpinnings of bitcoin, still faces issues around processing power, privacy, and energy usage, among others. Developers around the world are looking at these and other issues in a bid to improve …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

Neymar returned to soccer with this incredible Messi-style goal that nearly ripped the net — and it shows he’s ready for the World Cup

Neymar

Neymar is back — and judging by the extraordinary goal he scored on Sunday, he is as deadly as ever.
The Brazil national team forward had been sidelined because of an injury since February.
But after 24 minutes of his return to soccer, Neymar had duped three defenders with a Lionel Messi-like dribble and had blasted the ball into the roof of the goal.
Watch Neymar’s goal right here.

Neymar is back.

The Brazil national team striker had been on the sidelines because of a metatarsal injury he sustained in February, but he returned to soccer on Sunday and scored one of his best goals of the season.

In a warm-up match against Croatia, Neymar was brought onto the pitch in the 45th minute and needed just 24 minutes to score.

Neymar duped three Croatia defenders with a Lionel Messi-like dribble and, sensing his opportunity, rifled in a shot from close range — a shot hit with such power that it nearly ripped a hole through the roof of the net.

Watch the goal below.

ICYMI, looks like @neymarjr is back right on time ????????pic.twitter.com/Zs8YN9oZ05

— FIFA World Cup ???? (@FIFAWorldCup) June 3, 2018

With the 2018 World Cup just 10 days away, his return to form could not be more timely.

Brazil has one last friendly international to contest beforehand — a match against Austria on Sunday. It then takes on Switzerland in its first group stage game of the World Cup on June 17.

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Parents are heroes

America has a bad case of baby blues. Our birthrate just hit a 30-year low, and fertility-wise, we now lag behind countries like Sweden that were once Ground Zero of the birth dearth. That bodes ill for our economy, and for anyone who prefers a dynamic, entrepreneurial society to one where robots may be your last remaining friends.

We need a solution to this demographic problem.

One option is to follow Europe’s lead by juicing up America’s family policy. Paid parental leave, child allowances, and subsidized day care have helped some European nations raise their birthrates. American liberals are largely enthused about those possibilities. Conservatives tend to be warier, for fiscal reasons, but also because we’re uncomfortable with entitlements that encourage mothers to institutionalize their children from young ages.

Family policy is something of a quagmire in America, because it’s become a proxy battleground for the Mommy-War tensions that have divided this country for decades. The political left, in its anxiousness to ensure that women are not marginalized, favors policies that minimize the impact of maternity on traditional career development. For the right, the focus is more on underscoring the appropriateness of prioritizing family over other pursuits (particularly if one happens to be a woman). Locked in debate over what women should be doing, we end up doing far too little for them. This partly explains how the U.S. ended up joining Lesotho, Swaziland, and Papua New Guinea in that exclusive club: the “We Do Nothing For New Parents Here” Society.

Let’s try shifting our focus.

We can all surely agree that conscientious parenting is admirable and socially useful. Indeed, one reason birthrates are falling is because today’s parents are more or less expected to be ardent and dedicated benefactors to the young, pouring enormous energies and resources into protecting, cultivating, …read more

Source:: The Week – Lifestyle

      

Devs are flooding to GitLab amidst Github Microsoft acquisition rumors

Last night, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft has acquired GitHub. The deal is still unconfirmed by both parties (I asked, they said “no comment“), but it’s believed Microsoft will announce it later today. Suffice to say, not everyone is happy about it. A quick search on Twitter finds countless people proclaiming that Github is dead, and promising to move to rival services — like GitLab and Atlassian’s BitBucket. It seems some are making good on their promises. GitLab says it’s seeing ten times the usual normal daily amount of repositories. We’re seeing 10x the normal daily amount of repositories #movingtogitlab https://t.co/7AWH7BmMvM…

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