What is cryptocurrency? Cryptocurrency is the umbrella term for any digital asset that is designed to work as a medium of exchange. These 'coins' use strong cryptography to secure the transactions, create other units, and verify the transaction of assets. They are decentralised in nature which means that unlike fiat currencies (such as dollars or euros) they are not controlled by a central bank or single authority. Instead, the control of each cryptocurrency is exercised via distributed ledger technology such as a blockchain, which keeps a record of every transaction that is made with each particular coin. Examples of cryptocurrencies include Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, or Monero. What is blockchain? The blockchain is not the same as cryptocurrency and whist cryptocurrency needs a blockchain to work, the blockchain does not require cryptocurrency to carry out tasks. It is, essentially the technology that underpins crypto and it is a digital ledger that records any … [Read more...] about Malta’s Crypto Acts. What does it mean for you?
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DONALD Trump has been accused of "treason" after his controversial summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The Gunpowder plotters were guilty of treason and it's still a grave crime today on both sides of the Atlantic. Here's what you need to know. What is treason? The Oxford English Dictionary defines treason as: "The crime of betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill or overthrow the sovereign or government." Historically it also meant murdering someone to whom one owes allegiance, such as a servant killing his master or a wife her husband. Today many countries' laws forbid acts that are called treason, including insurrection and attempted coups (internal treason) and cooperating with foreign powers and enemies abroad. More loosely, people use the word to mean any serious betrayal of trust. It is often slung around in politics, where anyone not toeing the party line risks being called a traitor. What is the law on treason in the UK? The crime of petty treason - … [Read more...] about What is treason and what does it mean to be a traitor? Donald Trump branded ‘treasonous’ after Putin comments
IT’S important to stay healthy and foul-smelling urine could be a sign something is wrong. It doesn’t necessarily mean there is a problem, but it’s worth knowing the signs to look out for. Why does urine smell? There are certain things which can trigger a bad odour when you go to the bathroom. The NHS says these include: Certain types of food and drink, like asparagus or coffee Being dehydrated Some medicines Vitamin B6 supplements If you find your wee doesn’t smell normal the NHS suggests drinking lots of water, particularly if it’s hot or if you’re exercising. And avoid eating and drinking things such as coffee, asparagus and garlic. Asparagus is known to make urine smell, but it is thought to be down to our genes whether or not we can detect it. What does it mean if your urine smells fishy? According to Heathline, there are many things which can cause a fishy like odour in urine. Urine will often take on the smell of things we eat, so if … [Read more...] about Why does my urine smell, what does it mean if it is fishy or smells like ammonia and could the smell be a sign of infection?
THE end is nigh, if some conspiracy theorists are to be believed. They clam that a mysterious planet known as Nibiru, or Planet X, is due to pass close to Earth - and it will bring all sorts of drama with it. Here's what the theory is all about... Is Nibiru home to aliens? Linguist Zecharia Sitchin's controversial 1976 book Twelfth Planet claims that Nibiru is inhabited by an alien race called the Anunnaki, who are referred to in the Bible as the Nephilim. He argued that ancient texts claimed that these mysterious space travellers had come to Earth looking for gold and other minerals. Controversially, he also writes that the Anunnaki were unwilling to do the hard work themselves, so create a new slave race by blending their DNA with humans'. His work forms the basis of many 'ancient astronaut' theories, that claim aliens visited the Earth and changed the path of human history - least of all by building the pyramids. Sitchin also claimed that Nibiru has an elongated orbit around the … [Read more...] about Is Planet X real, what does Nibiru mean, when was the world meant to end and what is the SpaceX conspiracy theory?
But what kind of information are people seeking on Google before they cast their vote? Independent.ie analysed the most common referendum-related Google queries in Ireland over the last 90 days. The analysis was carried out under the terms; 'abortion referendum', 'Eighth Amendment', 'Repeal', 'abortion', 'referendum' and 'vote'. Here are the most common Googled questions - and the answers to go with them. 'Date for Ireland's abortion referendum?'Ireland's referendum will take place on Friday, May 25. Details about your polling station will be on your polling card and they will be open between 7am and 10pm on May 25. 'Voter registration'People had until May 8 to register to vote or to change their voting address. If you're not listed on checktheregister.ie then the best thing you can do is simply to ring your local authority and they should be able to check for certain. 'Abortion Referendum facts'The Referendum Commission gives independent and neutral information - the facts … [Read more...] about ‘What are the facts?’ and ‘What does Repeal mean?’: What people are Googling ahead of the Abortion Referendum