Akon wants to run a Senegal city on cryptocurrency—could it work?

Akon wants to run a Senegal city on cryptocurrency—could it work?

Plans announced by Senegalese-American singer Akon last August to build “Akon City,” a futuristic hub in his ancestral homeland, were initially greeted with enthusiasm. But that quickly gave way to confusion: What was “Akoin,” and why was it appearing on billboards, postcards, and candy wrappers across the country advertising the 2,000 acre project?Envisioned as a…

Whale and dolphin brains produce more heat than those of humans.  What exactly does that mean?

Whale and dolphin brains produce more heat than those of humans. What exactly does that mean?

We have all heard the mantra that dolphins and whales (cetaceans) are highly intelligent animals. Some claim they’re on par with great apes and humans—maybe even smarter. But where does this concept come from?There are two lines of thought. Firstly, a range of cetacean behaviors are interpreted as displays of notable intelligence. Second, cetaceans have…

The banker’s manifesto, save shopping, Covid’s colors

The banker’s manifesto, save shopping, Covid’s colors

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