Australia rang in the new year with dangerous tidings: Parts of Western Australia have been battling large bushfires since the beginning of the month. The blazes seem to be easing off, but an Earth-observing satellite captured a dramatic view of the fires earlier this month, showing thick clouds of smoke hugging the nation's southwestern coast. Last week, NASA's Earth Observatory posted a photo taken Jan. 7 by the Suomi NPP satellite's Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS). The day before, on Jan. 6, massive bushfires broke out, threatening the town of Yarloop, which is located about 75 miles (120 kilometers) south of Perth. Low rainfall over the past few years had caused unusually dry conditions in the area, which has made it difficult for plants to grow and decay . Plants have been running on minimal moisture and in some cases have died and built up into dry debris. This has made the area more susceptible to fire during Australia's summer, which is prime … [Read more...] about Raging Fires in Australia Visible from Space
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If you want to own cryptocurrency —either because you’re looking to invest or because you want to spend money online—you’re going to need a crypto wallet. Using one will let you keep your crypto safe, while also allowing you to make transactions. What Is a Crypto Wallet? A crypto wallet is nothing like your regular, real-life wallet. Right now, you could probably reach for your wallet, open it up and either take out physical money or put some back in—or at least some kind of payment card. A wallet doesn’t protect your money in any way, except maybe from the weather or getting lost in your bag. A crypto wallet is a different beast entirely. A crypto wallet is more or less your identity when you buy Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency: its address is how your buying and selling is recorded on the blockchain (and also the reason these currencies aren’t anonymous ). Because of this, technically you don’t need a wallet when doing anything with cryptocurrencies: you could … [Read more...] about What Is a Crypto Wallet?
Senior British army officers are threatening to punish soldiers who criticise a politically correct Army recruitment advertisement that panders to identity politics, according to a ‘warning note’ seen by the Mail on Sunday . The note seen by the Mail on Sunday says that senior Army figures “have become aware that serving personnel are not following guidance and have demonstrated negative opinions” about the series of videos which target Muslims, LGBT people, and “sensitive” individuals on grounds that the ads are too politically correct. Military superiors are “increasingly frustrated by the perceived negative impact that serving personnel are having on this campaign”, warning that anyone who reacts negatively to the promotional videos “can be dealt with under disciplinary or administrative action as appropriate”. The “This Is Belonging” series released in January 2018 include one video entitled, “Keeping my faith” which shows a section stopping in the middle of a patrol … [Read more...] about REPORT: Disciplinary Action for UK Soldiers Who Criticise Army’s PC Ad