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Boost Mobile Allowing Users To Pay Bill With Blockchain Boost Coins
By David Richards | Channel News

Boost Mobile who is tipped to be getting into audio as well as their own retail network in Australia, has seen the US operation move to allowing phone bills to be paid with “blockchain-backed” Boost coins earned through watching ads and playing games.

They have also introduced a wheel of fortune which when spined could earn you dollars off your account if you come up with a lucky prize.

Boost Mobile in the USA is part of the Dish Network however it’s not known whether the unique concept will be introduced by the Australian operation.

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How the Metaverse could impact the lives of kids
by Marcel Deer | CoinTelegraph

Early research shows that experts aren’t too optimistic about how the Metaverse will affect children.

Citing the negative effects of social media, such as depression, self-harm and a slew of other mental health issues, experts note that the Metaverse might be even worse.

However, it’s worth noting that the issue isn’t with the Metaverse itself. As mentioned, the Metaverse can present great opportunities for learning, especially in today’s digital-first culture. Games and virtual reality (VR) are actually great for mental health if used properly, according to research done by the University of Southern California on empathy-building games.

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Riot Blockchain’s Texas Expansion Could Use Power To Light 200,000 Homes

by Jet Encila | Bitcoinist

In April, Bitcoin mining company Riot Blockchain announced its ambitious plans to expand their operations and light up over 200,000 homes in Corsicana, Texas.

Riot Blockchain is one of the biggest mining operators backed by a 400 MW facility that can be found in Rockdale, Texas.

The company recently revealed that they’re now expanding to a 256-acre site intended for crypto mining in Corsicana that is set to launch in July next year.

Although the company claimed that they have enough capacity to power around 200,000 homes, their current facility will be churning around 400 MW of electricity that can light up an equivalent of 80,000 homes at peak capacity.

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🌙 NASA - Best Photo from Last Week
Hubble Captures Giant Elliptical in the Head of the Serpent

This new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image spotlights the giant elliptical galaxy, UGC 10143, at the heart of galaxy cluster, Abell 2147, about 486 million light-years away in the head of the serpent, the constellation Serpens. UGC 10143 is the biggest and brightest member of Abell 2147, which itself may be part of the much larger Hercules Supercluster of galaxies. UGC 10143’s bright center, dim extended halo, and lack of spiral arms and star-forming dust lanes distinguish it as an elliptical galaxy. Ellipticals are often near the center of galaxy clusters, suggesting they may form when galaxies merge.

This image of UGC 10143 is part of a Hubble survey of globular star clusters associated with the brightest galaxies in galaxy clusters. Globular star clusters help astronomers trace the origin and evolution of their galactic neighbors. The Hubble survey looked at the distribution, brightness, and metal content of more than 35,000 globular star clusters.

The image uses data from Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys. Any gaps were filled by Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 and the Pan-STARRS collaboration. The color blue represents visible blue light, and reddish-orange represents near infrared light.

Image credit: NASA, ESA, and W. Harris (McMaster University); Image processing: G. Kober (NASA Goddard/Catholic University of America)

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Claire Andreoli
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
301-286-1940

Last Updated: May 13, 2022
Editor: Andrea Gianopoulos


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