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5 Things to Know Before Your Morning Coffee — Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021

February 23, 2021
By Corey Noles

Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.

So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.

Facebook Will Remove News Block for Australia

A week after removing all news from Facebook for Australian users, the company will be reversing the ban. The ban occurred due to a bill that would require Facebook to pay publishers whose content appeared on their platform. The two entities have reportedly reached some type of deal that includes payments to certain publishers.

Drones are Carrying Covid-19 Samples in Scotland

Covid-19 test kits and samples are being sent from hospital to hospital via drone in parts of Scotland. The drones are specifically being used to transport samples between Argyll and Bute, two regions separate by a ferry. The process results in a considerably faster delivery of needed test kits and samples to health care professionals.

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Elon Musk Co-Authored a Covid Study on SpaceX Workers

Academic journal Nature Communications published a study by Elon Musk on Covid-19 antibodies. More than 4,300 employees of SpaceX volunteered to take part in the study. Musk shows evidence that individuals who got less less when contracting Covid-19, also seemed to have less immunity than those individuals who were sicker.

New Tool Shows Bitcoin Mining Uses More Energy Than Entire Nations

An analysis by University of Cambridge scientists developed a tool to determine the actual energy cost of Bitcoin mining. An interactive tool was developed to create a heatmap of all miners, which would allow for comparison to other industries and regions. The tool shows that miners are using more energy than Argentina, Netherlands and United Arab Emirates.

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Author Bio: Corey Noles is the Managing Editor for Innovation & Tech Today. In more than two decades as a journalist, he has covered crime, MLB, business, healthcare, politics and anything else that could snag a headline.

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