Coinbase, A Bitcoin Startup, Goes Public. Is Crypto Really The 'Future Of Finance'?

Coinbase on Wednesday became the first major cryptocurrency company to be publicly traded on the Nasdaq.

Coinbase's public debut comes as more institutions warm up to the idea of cryptocurrency and its popularity among investors soars.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 7:26pm

Australia news live: Queensland Covid restrictions lift, Labor pledges $90m to reduce Indigenous incarceration

Queenslanders no longer need to wear masks and visitors are allowed at aged care homes after restrictions were lifted early. Follow updates live • Labor pledges $90m to reduce Indigenous incarceration • What Australia can learn from world’s best vaccine rollouts

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 7:18pm

China ‘must shut 600 coal-fired plants’ to hit climate target

Move towards renewables to hit net zero by 2060 would also pay off with saving of $1.6tn, analysis finds

China must shut down nearly 600 of its coal-fired power plants in the next 10 years, replacing them with renewable electricity generation, to meet its goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, a report has said.

But replacing the 364GW of coal generation with renewable power would achieve a net saving of $1.6tn (£1.2tn) over the period, since wind and solar power are now much cheaper than coal, according to the analysis company TransitionZero.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 7:01pm

Magic mushrooms show promise in treatment for depression, study says

Trial suggests psilocybin combined with psychological therapy is as effective as antidepressant drug

Magic mushrooms have a long and rich history. Now scientists say they could play an important role in the future, with their active ingredient a promising treatment for depression.

The results from a small, phase two clinical trial have revealed that two doses of psilocybin appears to be as effective as the common antidepressant escitalopram in treating moderate to severe major depressive disorder, at least when combined with psychological therapy.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 5:00pm

Twerking for the top brass: the ‘inappropriate’ dance routine the Australian navy tried to hide

The Australian defence force’s latest scandal involves dancers in hotpants and very unimpressed officials. How did it happen?

So I hear there is a new scandal involving the Australian defence force?

Yeah, there’s been further developments this week regarding the investigation into war crimes allegedly committed in Afghanistan …

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 6:33am

Johnson & Johnson vaccine use will remain paused in US amid evaluation

CDC advisers say they need more evidence to decide if cases of unusual blood clots were linked to the Covid vaccine

Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine will remain in limbo a while longer after US health advisers told the government Wednesday that they need more evidence to decide if a handful of unusual blood clots were linked to the shot – and if so, how big the potential risk really is.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 7:03pm

Mexico’s high Covid death toll blamed on populist government

New report points finger at nation’s penny-pinching policies and failure to act on scientific advice

Mexico’s unwillingness to spend money, do more testing, change course or react to new scientific evidence contributed to the country being one of the worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, a report has concluded.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 6:24pm

Turkey releases writer Ahmet Altan after more than four years in prison

Journalist and author was jailed after writing pieces critical of president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

A Turkish court has released the journalist and novelist Ahmet Altan after more than four years in prison on charges of involvement in a failed 2016 coup attempt, charges he had always denied.

The court of cassation ruling came a day after the European court of human rights (ECHR) demanded the 71-year-old’s freedom in a verdict that accused Turkey of violating his civil rights.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 3:47pm

UN warns of humanitarian crisis as St Vincent eruptions displace thousands

  • About 20% of Caribbean island’s population have evacuated
  • Volcanic activity expected to continue for days or weeks

Volcanic eruptions on St Vincent have displaced about 20% of the Caribbean island’s population, as a UN official warned of a growing humanitarian crisis.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 4:27pm