THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Tuesday

Big four accounting firm Deloitte unveils its “blockchain in a box”

Deloitte’s mobile platform aims to help businesses explore and display proofs-of-concept for applications of distributed ledger technology. Multinational “professional services network” Deloitte today announced the release of its “Blockchain in a Box,” a mobile platform for hosting experiments and demos of business applications of distributed ledger…


How Japan is Tackling Pollution

Coal, wood, and gas became the primary fuels that drove Japan to become one of the most technologically advanced countries by the late 20th century. However, successive governments traditionally turned a blind eye to air and waste pollution, instead choosing to focus on the needs of businesses who were major contributors to electoral campaigns. But in 1968, the…


From the Bottom Up: Designing a Decentralized Power System

A far-reaching vision for the future of the electric grid is emerging at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In the past few years, this vision has grown from a theory on whiteboards to real-power experiments on lab hardware. It’s called “Autonomous Energy Grids” (AEG), an effort to ensure the grid of the…


Europe can Produce 100 Times More Energy through Onshore Windfarms

In an analysis of all appropriate locations for onshore wind farms, the new research shows that Europe has the capacity to provide adequate energy for the entire world until 2050. The research shows that if all of Europe’s potential for onshore wind farms was achieved, the installed nameplate capacity would be 52.5 TW— equivalent to 1 MW for every 16 European…


Binance to Launch “Venus” Stablecoin Network

Binance, the largest Bitcoin (BTC) and altcoin trading venue in the world by reported trading volume, has announced plans to launch an open distributed ledger technology (DLT) network called Venus, to make it easier for entities to create localized fiat-backed stablecoins, according to a blog post on August 19, 2019. As stated in the press release, leading…


Someday, Apple May Make Your New iPhone Out of Pieces of Your Old iPhone

In an unmarked building tucked away in an industrial park in Austin, a location so secret it doesn’t appear on Apple Maps, one of Apple’s latest technologies is hard at work. Inside glass casing, automatic robotic arms move left, right, up, down, and around a conveyor belt with speed and precision. A couple of technicians in blue lab coats, safety goggles, and…


Fortune’s 2019 Change the World List: Companies to Watch

Fortune’s Change the World list focuses on companies that are addressing social challenges through their core business activities. Most of the companies on that list are relatively large, with $1 billion or more in annual revenue, which helps them both pay for and scale their efforts to do well by doing good. Our “Ones to Watch” list has a slightly different focus. These…


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