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US oil-drilling hotspot is kicking out far more methane than we thought

The news: One of the largest and fastest-growing oil production sites in the US is emitting far more methane than previously measured. Oil and natural-gas production is a significant source of the powerful greenhouse gas, butan aerial survey of the Permian Basin in New Mexico revealed more leakage than even the highest estimates had suggested to date.

Some context: Methane is an important greenhouse gas. While it’s much less abundant than carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and has a shorter life span once emitted, it’s about 86 times better at trapping heat. According to the new study, the site emits about 194 metric tons of the gas every hour. That’s double previous estimates.

Why it matters: The new findings show how comprehensive surveys can shed light on methane emissions, which are often poorly understood even in major oil and gas basins like the Permian. As governments continue to target emissions, identifying problem spots can be a useful first step. Read the full story.

—Casey Crownhart

Also, in case you missed it, read our fascinating story by physicist Sankar Das Sarma about why, despite all the hype, we have no idea when quantum computing is going to start delivering on its promises.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Ukraine’s biggest internet provider has been hit by a cyberattack
This seems to be the most serious attack since Russia invaded last month.(Forbes)
+ How Ukraine’s internet is still working, despite Russian bombs and cyberattacks. (WP $)
+ Inside the inner workings of a pro-Russia hacking group. (WSJ $)
+ Ukraine and Russia are set to resume face-to-face talks today. (The Guardian)
RT America’s legacy is confused and weird. (The Atlantic)

2 The global supply chain crisis is only getting worse
Data tools that monitor and predict issues aren’t painting a pretty picture. (Wired $)
Digital twin simulations are helping to test worst case scenarios. (TR)

3 There still isn’t much evidence that social media makes teens unhappy
But one of the biggest studies so far found they may be particularly sensitive to its effects at certain ages. (NYT $)
What could a redesigned social network look like? (Nature)

4 The US may be about to test digital dollars

They’re meant to be as private as cash—but without the bills. (The Verge)

5 Chris Smalls vs Amazon: the saga continues
His protests outside its New York warehouse two years ago kicked off a giant unionization push across the US. (BBC)
Union election voting has closed in the company’s Alabama warehouse. (CBS)

6 Google told its Russian translators not to use ‘war’ in reference to war in Ukraine 
They were told to use terms such as “emergency in Ukraine’ instead. (The Intercept)
Russian radio transmissions are being intercepted with heavy metal. (The Economist)
Yandex, Russia’s Google, has been relaying app user data to Russian servers. (FT $)

7 Europe’s plans for Big Tech undermine encryption, security experts warn
The problem is the requirement for messaging platforms to be interoperable. (The Verge)
Cryptographers really aren’t happy(Platformer)

8 Can geofencing give us safer roads? Sweden thinks so
It can also prevent drivers without permits from entering certain areas. (NYT $)
The electric vehicle shortage shows no sign of letting up. (WSJ $)

9 Tweaking how bitcoin is mined eradicates its energy consumption, say climate groups
Switching to a proof of stake could reduce energy use by 99%, apparently. (The Guardian)
Ethereum is going to give the promising idea its first real-world test this year has high hopes for the algorithm. (TR) 

10 The CIA believed the Soviet Union was developing telepathy in the 60s

Say no more. Literally. (Motherboard)

Quote of the day

“Fear always makes you an accomplice.”

—Volodymyr Zelensky, president of Ukraine, urges allies to continue supplying the country with weapons without fear of a Russian backlash.

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+ There’s a movie following a priest who turns into a dinosaur: The VelociPastor.
+ Forget the slap, 1974’s Oscars ceremony was interrupted by a streaker. 
+ Grimes is plotting an

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Title: The Download: A US oil-drilling hotspot is kicking out far more methane than we thought
Sourced From: www.technologyreview.com/2022/03/29/1048442/the-download-a-us-oil-drilling-hotspot-is-kicking-out-far-more-methane-than-we-thought/
Published Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2022 13:42:08 +0000

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LATAM crypto exchange Bitso and FMF launch NFT of Mexico’s National Team jerseys

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Bitso, a leading cryptocurrency platform operating in Latin America, and the Mexican Football Federation (FMF), today announced the joint launch of the first collectible NFT of the Mexico National Team’s jerseys that was acquired in cryptocurrencies.

This morning through their social media platforms, the FMF and Bitso announced the opportunity to acquire the new official National Team fan jerseys ahead of the team’s participation in the 2022 World Cup. In just 20 minutes, the entire collection sold out.

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The NFTs of the jerseys have an exclusive design for the metaverse – each is unique on the blockchain and can be resold by its owner in subsequent transactions.

The collection consisted of 100 official physical jerseys, each with a corresponding NFT version of the jersey that fans’ avatars can wear within the Decentraland metaverse. Each physical and NFT jersey set sold for the equivalent of $1,800 MXN in ethers.

“Our mission is to make cryptocurrency useful in the everyday life of Mexicans; we are committed to spreading the technology through innovative opportunities that help people throughout the country familiarize themselves with this new world. We are very excited to offer the incredible, historic opportunity for the fans of our National Team so that through their Bitso account, they can wear the colors of the National Team on and ‘off’ the field in the metaverse.”
– Bárbara González Briseño, General Director of Bitso México

Jersey NFTs

Created by Bitso, the virtual jersey sports the official colors of Mexico and the new National Team shield, characteristics that will make it stand out when users wear it in the virtual world of Decentraland.

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Title: LATAM crypto exchange Bitso and FMF launch NFT of Mexico’s National Team jerseys
Sourced From: www.cryptoninjas.net/2022/07/29/latam-crypto-exchange-bitso-and-fmf-launch-nft-of-mexicos-national-team-jerseys/
Published Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2022 15:19:02 +0000

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Long-running crypto exchange EXMO unveils “lively” rebrand amidst growth

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EXMO, a crypto exchange platform operating since 2014, announced this week a rebranded visual identity with includes a new logo, brand colors, and design features. This new branding comes as EXMO continues to grow its crypto platform while also seeking to expand its presence in other jurisdictions.

Some new developments underway at EXMO:

Soon, users will be able to earn passive income from EXMO’s new staking platform.Plans to launch an EXMO crypto debit card.Expansion of its services in international markets with the opening of offices in Poland and Lithuania.

EXMO’s new logo

The rationale for the re-brand:

“At EXMO, we have a vision of a world where crypto is in every wallet. Hassle-free. We want to achieve this by making crypto as simple and accessible to everyone as possible. And we know that you already appreciate EXMO for offering user-friendly services and helpful support. Also for the opportunity to trade anywhere and anytime, closing deals in just a few taps. Such important changes required a rethinking of our corporate style, which has long needed a massive upgrade. So today we are introducing a new brand identity for EXMO with a completely new visual concept. We are launching a new logo, brand colors, and design elements. Our key design principles are simplicity, boldness, and a pinch of fun. But most importantly, we have changed our logo. Simple and easily recognizable, it represents the humanity of our brand. The logo stands out due to the wavy letter ‘m’ which symbolizes exchange rate charts and also resembles a spring that will launch you into the crypto world.”
– The EXMO Team regarding the re-branding

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Title: Long-running crypto exchange EXMO unveils “lively” rebrand amidst growth
Sourced From: www.cryptoninjas.net/2022/07/26/long-running-crypto-exchange-exmo-unveils-lively-rebrand-amidst-growth/
Published Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2022 08:10:38 +0000

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Stitching together the grid will save lives as extreme weather worsens

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The blistering heat waves that set temperature records across much of the US in recent days have strained electricity systems, threatening to knock out power in vulnerable regions of the country. 

The electricity has largely stayed online so far this summer, but there have been scattered problems and close calls already. 

Heavy use of energy-sucking air-conditioners is the biggest problem. But intense heat can also reduce the output of power plants, blow transformers, and force power lines to sag. Severe droughts across large parts of the country have also significantly reduced the availability of hydroelectric power, according to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). 

It’s unlikely to get better soon. A number of grid operators may struggle to meet peak summer demand, creating the risk of rolling blackouts, the NERC report notes.

The nation’s isolated and antiquated grids are in desperate need of upgrades to keep the lights, heat, and air-conditioning on in the midst of extreme weather events that climate change is making more common, severe, and dangerous. One clear way to ease many of these issues is to more tightly integrate the country’s regional grids, stitching them together with more long-range transmission lines. 

If electricity generated in one area can be more easily shared across much wider regions, power can simply flow to where it’s needed at those moments when customers crank up air-conditioners en masse, or when power plants or fuel supply lines fail amid soaring temperatures, wildfires, hurricanes, or other events, says Liza Reed, a research manager focused on transmission at the Niskanen Center, a Washington, DC, think tank.  

The problem is it’s proved difficult to build more long-range transmission and grid interconnections for a variety of reasons, including the permitting challenges of erecting wires through private and public lands across cities, counties, and states and the reluctance of local authorities to forfeit control or submit to greater federal oversight.

The case of Texas

The unreliability of the US grid is not a new problem. Severe heat and winter storms have repeatedly exposed the frailty of electricity systems in recent years, leaving thousands to millions of people without power as temperatures spiked or plunged.

One of the fundamental challenges is that the grids today are highly fragmented. There are three main electricity networks within the US: the Eastern Grid, the Western Grid, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). But there are numerous regional transmission organizations within those first two systems, including the California Independent System Operator, Southwest Power Pool, PJM Interconnection, New York ISO, and more. 

These grids form a complex web of networks operating under different regulators, rules and market structures, and often with limited connections between them.

Map USA grid
A variety of regional transmission organizations oversee different parts of the nation’s aging and fragmented grids, which operate under different rules and with often limited connections between them.
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ERCOT is especially isolated, in part because of the desire among local politicians, citizens, and power companies to avoid added competition, the hassle of following other states’ rules, and oversight from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). But the state offers a case study in why that can be a serious problem amid increasingly harsh climate conditions, Reed says.

The Texas grid operator pleaded with customers several times earlier this month to cut electricity use as blistering summer temperatures created  demand surges that threatened to outstrip supply and require rolling blackouts.  Low wind conditions, cloud cover, and outages at fossil-fuel power plants added to the strains.

Shutting off the electricity needed to run air-conditioning in triple-digit temperatures

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By: James Temple
Title: Stitching together the grid will save lives as extreme weather worsens
Sourced From: www.technologyreview.com/2022/07/28/1056483/stitching-together-the-grid-will-save-lives-as-extreme-weather-worsens/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 08:00:00 +0000

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