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Pro Bowl 2022: TV Info, Injury Updates, Game Time and …

04-02-2022 · 2022 Pro Bowl Information. Date: Sunday, Feb. 6. Start Time: 3 p.m. ET. TV: ESPN. Live Stream: ESPN app. Injury Updates, Preview

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A Pro Bowl football is seen on the turf at the 2022 Pro Bowl Skills Showdown Wednesday, February 2, 2022, in Las Vegas. The event will be broadcast Thursday at 7:00 pm ET on ESPN. (Gregory Payan/AP Images for NFL)
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It's a prestigious honor for an NFL player to be selected to the Pro Bowl. The All-Star event welcomes only the best in the league to participate in an exhibition contest that takes place every season between conference championship week and Super Bowl week.

However, the rosters for both the AFC and NFC undergo some changes from the time they're announced to when the Pro Bowl arrives. And 2022 has been no exception, as replacements have been named for players who are either injured or who will be playing in Super Bowl LVI (those on the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams).

Still, the 2022 Pro Bowl should be a fun exhibition to watch on Sunday when it kicks off at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. It's the first time the game is being held in Vegas after the 2017 to 2020 editions of the contest were held in Orlando. The 2021 Pro Bowl was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Full updated rosters for the 2022 Pro Bowl can be found at NFL.com.

Here's everything else you need to know heading into this year's Pro Bowl.

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2022 Pro Bowl Information

Date: Sunday, Feb. 6

Start Time: 3 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN app

Injury Updates, Preview

Aaron Rodgers may end up winning his second consecutive NFL MVP Award, but the Green Bay Packers quarterback won't be starting for the NFC at the Pro Bowl as originally expected. He was one of three Green Bay players (along with wide receiver Davante Adams and defensive lineman Kenny Clark) to pull out of the game due to injury.

Rodgers isn't the only NFC QB selected to the Pro Bowl who won't be participating. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady announced his retirement earlier this week, so he won't be playing in the game. However, Brady's Pro Bowl selection was the 15th of his career, an NFL record.

The Minnesota Vikings' Kirk Cousins and the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson were named as replacements for Rodgers and Brady. They'll join the Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray as the quarterbacks on the NFC roster.

Wilson has been a Pro Bowler nine times, while this is Cousins' third selection. Murray has made it to the Pro Bowl twice over his first three NFL seasons.

The AFC will also be without one of the three quarterbacks on its original roster. The Los Angeles Chargers' Justin Herbert and the Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes will be playing in the Pro Bowl, but the Baltimore Ravens' Lamar Jackson will not.

Jackson was limited to 12 games this season due to an ankle injury, and he's still recovering from that ailment heading into the offseason.

"He was still limping even at the end of the season," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh recently said, per Myles Simmons of Pro Football Talk. "... He said he’s starting back to work the day after the Super Bowl. That’s his time frame to get going. He should be healed up by then."

Among the other notable NFC players who are injured and won't be playing in the Pro Bowl are San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner and Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce.

Although Kelce won't be playing, the Eagles had several players named as injury replacements, as defensive tackle Javon Hargrave and kicker Jake Elliott will be filling in at the Pro Bowl.

The AFC will be without a pair of Los Angeles Chargers standouts, as wide receiver Keenan Allen and outside linebacker Joey Bosa will miss the game due to injury. However, the Chargers will still be represented by Herbert (who is making his Pro Bowl debut), tackle Rashawn Slater, center Corey Linsley and safety Derwin James.

Those Los Angeles players will be looking to help lead the AFC to its fifth consecutive Pro Bowl win. The last time the NFC won the event was in 2013, but there was a brief change to a draft format from 2014 to 2016, so those years didn't have the AFC vs. NFC matchup.

When Did the Cincinnati Bengals Last Reach the Super …

19-01-2022 · Here's how long it's been since the Cincinnati Bengals reached the Super Bowl. Spoiler: Tom Brady wasn't even a teenager yet. ... the two-time NFL MVP connected with receiver John Taylor on a 10-yard touchdown with 34 seconds left. Esiason took over at his own 26-yard line but failed to convert a first down, locking up the 49ers’ 20-16 ...

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Although the Cincinnati Bengals have a reputation for losing, there once was a time where the likes of Boomer Esiason and Anthony Munoz kept the franchise in Super Bowl contention each year. The modern core of Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, and Joe Mixon hopes to finally bring the 2021 AFC North champions within reach of a Lombardi Trophy once again in the near future.

Yes, you read that correctly. Believe it or not, the Bengals actually have played in a Super Bowl before.

The Bengals last played in a Super Bowl in January 1989

— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) January 22, 2017

As of publication, the Bengals’ last Super Bowl appearance came on Jan. 22, 1989. Cincinnati represented the AFC in Super Bowl 23 and faced Bill Walsh’s San Francisco 49ers at Joe Robbie Stadium (now Hard Rock Stadium) in Miami Gardens, Fla, in a game-best remembered for ‘The Drive.’

Trailing 16-13 from his own 8-yard line with 3:04 left, 49ers quarterback Joe Montana led the 49ers on an 11-play, 92-yard scoring drive; the two-time NFL MVP connected with receiver John Taylor on a 10-yard touchdown with 34 seconds left. Esiason took over at his own 26-yard line but failed to convert a first down, locking up the 49ers’ 20-16 victory.

49ers receiver Jerry Rice earned Super Bowl MVP honors after hauling in 11 catches, 215 yards, and a 14-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Montana completed 23 of his 36 passes for 357 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.

The 49ers held Esiason, that season’s NFL MVP, to 144 yards and an interception.

San Francisco had previously defeated Cincinnati in Super Bowl 16

Bengals fans were already all too familiar with Montana’s heroics when he began ‘The Drive’ in January 1989. Cincinnati and San Francisco had previously squared off in Super Bowl 16 on Jan. 24, 1982, at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit.

As would be the case seven years later, San Francisco won, albeit 26-21 instead of 20-16. Playing in his first Super Bowl, Montana threw for 157 yards, one touchdown, and no interception. He also rushed for a touchdown midway through the first quarter. Somehow, that was enough to win Super Bowl MVP.

If the Bengals had completed the comeback, quarterback Ken Anderson (300 passing yards and three total touchdowns) or tight end Dan Ross (11 catches, 104 yards, and two scores) would have likely earned the award.

The Bengals are one of 12 teams who are yet to win a Super Bowl

38% of the National Football League has never won the Super Bowl. Amazing, right? Who's the next that will always remember their 1st time? Lions Texans Panthers Falcons Bengals Jaguars ChargersVikings Cardinals Titans Browns

Bills

— Marc Ryan (@MarcRyanOnAir) January 14, 2022

As of publication, 20 of the NFL’s 32 teams have won a Super Bowl. The 49ers, obviously, are among that group. Conversely, the Bengals are among the 12 who are yet to party with the Lombardi Trophy.

Cincinnati fans can at least take some solace that, unlike fans of the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions, they’ve at least watched their team play in the Super Bowl. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans, two of the league’s three recent expansion teams, also haven’t reached the Big Game.

Bengals fans should hope the current core of Burrow, Chase, and others break that streak. Nothing would be more painful in Cincinnati than watching Myles Garrett and the rival Browns, of all teams, enjoying a Super Bowl in the coming years.

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How to watch the Premier League final day: Where to stream the …

20-05-2022 · Brentford v Leeds United is on Sky Sports Football and Sky Showcase and you can watch either with a TV subscription or via Now TV. Coverage starts at 2:30 PM. NOW …

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After 37 games, we’ve finally arrived at the final weekend of the Premier League season and there’s so much still to be decided. Here’s how to stream games in Gameweek 38 live in the UK, whatever device you’ve got to hand.

Final days of the season can often be drab affairs, especially if the title is already sewn up and the relegation sufferers are unable to claw back enough points to escape the drop. But that’s certainly not the case on the final day of the Premier League season for the 2021/2022 season.

Not only could Liverpool still pip Man City to the league crown, but we still don’t know whether Leeds or Burnley will drop down into the Championship. Fourth spot and the Champions League place that comes with it is also up for grabs, with Arsenal hoping Spurs drop points to Norwich and they themselves can beat Everton.

West Ham could still leapfrog Man United and grab the Europa League spot too, forcing the Red Devils into the Europa Conference League. And finally, there’s the small matter of whether Leicester can finish the season with a win and a possible 8th placed finish.

With so many possibilities, this could very well end up being one of the best final days in recent memory.

In the UK, there are only three games being shown on TV: Liverpool vs Wolves, Manchester City vs Aston Villa and Brentford vs Leeds. See below for all the details and where each game can be watched and streamed.

What time do the final Premier League games kick off?

Well, this is an easy one. Every single Premier League game this weekend kicks off at 4 PM on Sunday, May 22. All 20 teams will play at the same time.

How to watch Liverpool v Wolves in the UK

Liverpool need to beat Wolves and hope Man City slip up against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa for them to pick up the league win. If you want to watch Klopp’s men continue the search for an unprecedented quadruple, you can tune into Liverpool v Wolves on Sky Sports Premier League, either with a TV subscription or via Now TV. Coverage starts at 2:30 PM.

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How to watch Man City vs Aston Villa in the UK

Man City are a single point ahead of Liverpool and know that a win against a Villa side with nothing to play for will secure them the title. But, it’s not going to be that easy, is it?

Villa are managed by Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard and have ex-Liverpool favourite Philipe Coutinho in their side. Could this help Aston Villa put a spanner in Pep’s title plans?

You can tune into Man City v Aston Villa on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Ultra HD, either with a TV subscription or via Now TV. Coverage starts at 2:30 PM.

How to watch Brentford vs Leeds United in the UK

If you’d prefer to focus on the relegation battle, then you’ll want to keep an eye out for Leeds United’s trip to Brentford.

With Burnley bagging a vital midweek point and Everton staving off the drop thanks to a wonderful comeback win against Crystal Palace, Leeds need to get at least a point here and hope Burnely lose to ensure Premier League survival.

Brentford v Leeds United is on Sky Sports Football and Sky Showcase and you can watch either with a TV subscription or via Now TV. Coverage starts at 2:30 PM.

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What about the other games?

Only the three games above will be shown in the UK and only Sky Sports are showing games – there is nothing on BT Sport. There will be a Match of the Day at 10:30 PM on BBC One showing highlights from all the games.

Watch safely with a VPN

If you regularly watch live sports online, you can boost your online privacy within a virtual private network (VPN). This works by masking your IP address from would-be snoops and wrongdoers. You can read our guide to the best VPNs before streaming the Champions League games. If you’re seeking a safe and secure VPN, we’d recommend Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection for streaming top sport. Also, here’s our guide to watching the Premier League in 4K HDR this season.

Canelo plans to face Golovkin in September, Dmitry Bivol rematch …

23-05-2022 · Canelo Alvarez looks like he’s headed for the third fight with Gennadiy Golovkin in September, honoring an agreement that was already in place prior to Canelo’s loss to Dmitry …

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Canelo Alvarez looks like he’s headed for the third fight with Gennadiy Golovkin in September, honoring an agreement that was already in place prior to Canelo’s loss to Dmitry Bivol on May 7.

“In the next few days we will announce the September fight. Surely, it will be against GGG because we already had that agreement, but I will also fight Bivol again,” Canelo told ESPN Knockout (via ESPN Ringside).

Canelo vs GGG 3 would take place at 168 lbs, where Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KO) is still the undisputed champion of the world. Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KO) holds two belts at middleweight right now, but has wanted this third fight with Canelo a long time, and at 40, really might be better off not having to cut an extra eight lbs to make weight anymore.

The trilogy bout is probably more interesting to a lot of people now than it was before Canelo lost at light heavyweight to Bivol. Golovkin fought on April 9 in Japan, starting a bit slow but ultimately stopping Ryota Murata to unify the IBF and WBA middleweight titles. He held up his end, and it was never required that Canelo beat Bivol, as it was in a different weight class to what Canelo-GGG 3 will be.

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It is also, simply, a huge fight. Canelo and Golovkin did big numbers on pay-per-view in 2017 and 2018 in a pair of controversial results — one a draw, the second a narrow Alvarez victory — which were also terrific fights. GGG has wanted the third fight for years, but Canelo moved up to 168 briefly in 2018, three months after the second Golovkin bout, and then only did one more fight at 160 before dabbling at 175, fully unifying at 168, and trying out 175 again.

Golovkin has stayed at middleweight his entire career, which is incredible. He fought Steve Rolls at a 164 lb catchweight in 2019, but that was a stay-busy, tune-up kind of matchup, his first following the Canelo rematch.

Golovkin is 4-0 (3 KO) since the second fight in 2018, while Canelo has gone 7-1 (5 KO).

If Canelo wins the trilogy bout, it would definitely set up a big rematch with Bivol for, most likely, May 2023, as long as Bivol doesn’t lose before then, and surely he’ll want to fight again and not just sit for a year. But if Canelo loses to Golovkin, there will likely be no Bivol rematch right after for sure; he will be past the point of getting to exercise a contractual rematch clause, so he couldn’t just force it, and his stock will have taken a big hit.

Ocarina of Time Unreal Engine 4 Remake Looks Incredible

03-05-2022 · With a PC port of Ocarina of Time on its way, the classic game continues to cement its place in the gaming world as one of the best Zelda games of all time. Older games …

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Work began on a new remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in Unreal Engine 4 and updates have been revealed throughout that time. Recently, a video has surfaced with new updates on the remake of the classic N64 title in The Legend of Zelda series.

YouTuber CryZENx, whose real name is Joseph, began work on this remake of Ocarina of Time several years ago and has been revealing new updates as they are finished. This recent update comes only months after another update was released of the Unreal Engine version of Ocarina of Time in December 2021, which means things must be coming along smoothly. The release date has yet to be revealed.

CryZENx released a video almost 14 minutes long showing off the progress on the UE4 remake of Ocarina of Time. The video shows old versions of footage along with updated versions. The new footage shows an updated version of Kokiri Forest where the original game begins, with a more polished look than the previous version. New looks for enemies like Deku Baba and Skultulas are revealed in this video as well. It also shows off horse riding, which was also shown in the 4.26 video about the progress on this version of Ocarina of Time. This video also reveals how the clouds look now, as well as an options menu and a multiplayer mode.

The remake is not the only one being made, with another Ocarina of Time version being made in UE5 by RwanLink. Unreal Engine is software used in many AAA games these days, and its use to re-create this classic game has brought a new light to Ocarina of Time that not even the 3DS remake did at the time of its release.

CryZENx also revealed at the beginning of the video that Sora will be a playable character for fun. This could be an interesting addition to the remake with a crossover not many fans might expect in a revamped version of one of the best 3D games from the 90s.

With a PC port of Ocarina of Time on its way, the classic game continues to cement its place in the gaming world as one of the best Zelda games of all time. Older games are always in need of some improvement due to their now dated graphics, and it's wonderful to see such a beloved classic updated with the times.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is available on 3DS, Nintendo 64, and Switch.

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Survivor Recap: It’s Time To Break Up

19-05-2022 · If he can drive a wedge between them and get them to target each other, it will position him in the middle, allowing him to decide who he wants to move forward with. Little …

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Last week, Maryanne talked about the blessing and the curse of not being perceived as a threat. On the one hand, not being considered a threat means you’re not on the radar, so you can sit back while the more prominent players cannibalize one another. On the other hand, however, if you make it to the end as a non-threat, it will be an uphill battle to convince a jury you deserve the million dollars. That’s the predicament Maryanne finds herself in at this late stage of the game; she knows she needs a big move on her résumé, but the timing has to be just right.

Heading into tonight’s tribal council, the timing is perfect. Several big targets are ripe for the picking. Challenge dominator Jonathan doesn’t have the immunity necklace. The likable Mike appears confident enough not to play his idol. And Omar — whose threat level has been exposed in the wake of Drea’s public callout last week — is without protection. There are more choices than a stocked fridge of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and each one looks tasty. If there is ever a time to make a statement, it’s right now. And boy, does Maryanne make herself heard — not just pulling off the move of the season but one of the most impressive plays in Survivor history.

But before we get there, let’s rewind a little. Coming off the back of last week’s chaotic Drea blindside, the remaining players begin setting in motion their endgame plans. For Omar, that involves separating Mike and Jonathan, just as he did previously with Mike and Hai. If he can drive a wedge between them and get them to target each other, it will position him in the middle, allowing him to decide who he wants to move forward with. Little does Omar know that Mike is already onto his schemes.

“Mike sees me as his savior,” says Omar. “I saved his life and saved his idol.” Omar’s maneuvering indeed helped Mike avoid potential catastrophe. But he’s wrong about Mike’s indebtedness toward him. If anything, Omar’s play last week just demonstrated how savvy of a player he is and what a threat he’d be to win at the end. “I have to cut Omar loose,” Mike surmises, taking his plan to Maryanne in the early hours of the morning. While Maryanne has had a close friendship with Omar since the beginning, she recognizes the danger of sitting at the end with him. “The jury saw Omar go from this caterpillar to a butterfly,” she says. “There’s no way I can beat him.”

Meanwhile, Lindsay remains hyperfocused on Jonathan. Still buzzing after escaping death in last week’s Do or Die twist, Lindsay is extra-motivated for the game’s final stretch. She has a strong social game, solid working relationships, and an amulet advantage that has become an immunity idol. The only thing standing in her way of ultimate success is Jonathan. The pair have been embroiled in a side game of one-upmanship throughout the merge, each being the other’s main challenge nemesis. As far as Lindsay is concerned, Jonathan needs to be gone so she can claim all the remaining immunity necklaces for herself.

Jonathan isn’t a complete dummy, though. He realizes that Lindsay and Omar have become a powerful strategic pair. He needs to strike at them before they strike at him. Sure, it’s great that the Taku Four made it to the final six intact, but Jonathan knows it can’t last forever. “It’s time to break up,” he laughs. There’s a fun scene where Jonathan and Lindsay are both at camp, knowingly telling each other lies to make the other more comfortable. Jonathan pretends to be open to voting out Mike, noting how clever it was for Omar to put Mike at ease by choosing him to go on the reward. In reality, Jonathan is onboard with Mike’s plot to blindside Omar at the next vote. The only thing they need to do is make sure Lindsay doesn’t win the next immunity challenge. If she does, she’ll be safe and can protect Omar with her idol.

In true Survivor fashion, Lindsay wins immunity in an intensely close back-and-forth with Jonathan. Who thought table mazes could make for such tense television? This blows up Mike and Jonathan’s plan to target Omar. There is too much risk involved now. If they vote Omar and then Lindsay plays her idol for him, the votes could easily bounce back on one of them. So plan B is to do the safe thing and put their votes on Romeo, the tribe’s perpetual scapegoat. With their two votes plus Maryanne and her extra vote, they could load up four votes on Romeo, counteracting Omar and Lindsay’s two votes on Jonathan. Easy, right?

Easy, sure, but not a game-winning move. And that’s what Maryanne needs right now. Taking out Romeo does nothing for Maryanne’s stock. Instead, she’d rather stick with the original plan of voting out Omar, and she has the tools to do it. Maryanne explains to Jonathan and Mike that they could put four votes on Omar — five if Romeo joins them. She pleads that now is the right time. But the boys remain hesitant, which is understandable; if an idol is played, one of them will end up on the wrong side of a split vote. However, Maryanne persists, putting forth an even more brilliant plan. Jonathan and Mike can still vote for Romeo, but she will put her two votes on Omar, as will Romeo, resulting in a 3-2-2 vote. Even if an idol is played, it will force a tie between Jonathan and Romeo with a chance to sway the votes onto Romeo in the revote.

“I’m ready to show I’m here to win,” Maryanne says in confessional. “I’m not just a goat to be herded.” She takes that fiery attitude to tribal, even as Jonathan and Mike continue to tell her “play it safe” and “pile the votes on Romeo.” During the pre-vote discussion, Jeff Probst asks Omar if he’s feeling confident about tonight’s vote. “I’m Survivor confident,” states Omar, “but every time you’re Survivor confident, you’re usually wrong. But I’m hoping that’s not the case.” Unfortunately for Omar, that very much is the case. Maryanne pulls off the spectacular 3-2-2 vote, sending a flabbergasted Omar to the jury. “You did that?” Omar asks his former ally. “I did,” Maryanne replies. Although the shock is etched on his face, you can tell the superfan in Omar has respect for Maryanne’s fantastic move.

And what a move it was. Seriously, this was an all-timer, the type of plurality vote that would make Cirie Fields and Rob Cesternino proud. Maryanne perfectly picked her moment. She correctly read the tribe dynamics and knew where all the votes were going. On top of that, she became the first player to properly and successfully use an extra vote. Obviously, there was a considerable risk involved, knowing that Omar could have played an idol. Part of me wonders if Maryanne knew that Lindsay didn’t intend to use it. We’d already seen Lindsay tell Omar she didn’t want to use the idol out of fear of it reentering circulation and ending up in someone else’s pocket — it’s not unreasonable to think that info got back to Maryanne somehow. Even so, the risk was worth it; at worst, Jonathan probably would have gone home. That would still have been a big threat taken off the board. At best, Maryanne has just set herself up with a winning move that could secure her those vital jury votes.

It’s the season finale next week, five players remain, and Maryanne now seems to be the favorite. Not only did she just pull off an incredible display in front of the jury, but she has an idol nobody knows about. That secures her a spot in the final four, which means she will at least be guaranteed a shot at making fire to earn a spot at the final tribal council. And she may still have more fancy moves up her sleeve before then. Let’s not forget, in this episode, Mike promised Maryanne that if she voted out Omar, he would play his idol for her at five. So if Mike sticks to his word, Maryanne could find herself in the final five with two idols and a lot of options.

This was a tremendously exciting penultimate episode to set us up for what promises to be a fun ride to the finish next week.

• Even though he was voted out, Omar got to have a nice moment this episode when he surprised himself by winning the reward challenge. There was even a sweet message to his niece (and some more awkward Jeff fourth-wall-breaking).

• Maryanne being upset that Lindsay didn’t tell her about her amulet was perhaps a little hypocritical, seeing as Maryanne hasn’t told anyone about her idol. However, it could be that Maryanne was more upset that Lindsay had told Mike about it and not her.

Survivor Recap: It’s Time to Break Up

What Is Crypto Mining, and How Does It Work?

12-12-2021 · A hash is a random set of characters and numbers which, with the right key, reveals the original message; it’s a basic part of cryptography and is where the “crypto” part of “cryptocurrency” comes from. In a way, crypto mining is really just solving these incredibly complicated mathematical puzzles.

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With the cryptocurrency craze in full swing, you can’t avoid hearing about the people mining these digital currencies—and destabilizing the graphics processor market. Here’s what “crypto mining” actually is.

What Is Crypto Mining?

In short, crypto mining is how new units of cryptocurrency—usually called coins—are created. As you can imagine, this type of mining doesn’t involve callused hands gripping pickaxe handles. Instead, it’s computer processors that do all the hard work, chipping away at complex math problems.

Of course, you may wonder why these digital currencies even need to be mined: after all, it’s make-believe money with no backing except what people will pay for it. Real currency, the kind backed up by governments, can be created by turning on a money printer, so it stands to reason that crypto could do the same.

The Blockchain

The fact that supply couldn’t be restricted was the main hurdle for cryptocurrency for years: there were many ideas on how to create digital coins, but no way to ensure people wouldn’t simply duplicate them at will. Without an authority like a central bank—an institution that regulates the flow of currency—it becomes very tricky to manage the supply of any currency.

This issue confounded the creators of digital currencies for decades until Satoshi Nakamoto (most likely a pseudonym) invented something called the blockchain. The full theory of how these work is pretty complicated—we go into more depth in our article on explaining the “blockchain”—but the easiest way to explain it is to picture it as a chain.

In this metaphor, each link is a block, and each block contains a set amount of cryptocurrency. For example, one block has 6.25 Bitcoin in it. To unlock a new block you need to solve a complicated mathematical equation, which validates the block and adds it to the chain. Also, because the blocks are chained in a linear fashion, you have to go from one to the next, you can’t pick one at random.

The Ledger

Every time a new coin is unlocked, it’s recorded in the cryptocurrency’s ledger, a massive file anybody can access at any time to see which coins were mined when and by whom. The ledger also shows when a coin changed hands, and who was involved in the transaction, putting the lie to the claim that Bitcoin is anonymous.

To summarize, the ledger records the creation and movement of coins in the blockchain. Mining is validating new blocks and gaining access to the coins within. Interestingly enough, since the blockchain has to be finite, it also means that most cryptocurrencies have a hard limit to how many can exist: Bitcoin for example has a cap of 21 million.

How Crypto Mining Works

To unlock a block in the chain, you need to validate it by solving a complicated equation, usually in the form of something called a hash. A hash is a random set of characters and numbers which, with the right key, reveals the original message; it’s a basic part of cryptography and is where the “crypto” part of “cryptocurrency” comes from.

In a way, crypto mining is really just solving these incredibly complicated mathematical puzzles. Do it fast enough, and the reward is a coin. If you’re slower than the competition, you don’t get one. This method is called “proof of work.”

However, hashes are, by their very nature, incredibly complicated puzzles to solve. The phone or laptop you’re most likely reading this article on would probably take millions of years to solve one.

DIY Supercomputers

Of course, if you don’t have a supercomputer, you can always build one. Plenty of people interested in making money from cryptocurrency—Bitcoin in particular—have started doing so, often by connecting several devices to each other to create powerful networks that can combine and amplify the processing power of each individual device.

The most powerful single component you can use in this case is a graphics processing unit, or GPU, the part of your computer that gives you the nice shiny graphics—if you’re on an advanced computer, that is. They’re generally more efficient and powerful than their cousin the central processing unit (CPU), and putting enough of them together gives you some serious computing oomph.

This brings a new kind of equation into play, one where several savvy individuals calculated that the price of GPUs times the cost of electricity came out a lot less than what one Bitcoin would bring in. This created a kind of arms race where these outfits would create bigger and better rigs to beat their competitors.

On top of the competition between these groups, there is also the problem that each next block is more complicated to solve than the last, a failsafe built into the blockchain to prevent it from being all unlocked at once.

As a result, the market for GPUs was practically destroyed, with these groups buying all the units they could get their hands on—even stealing them in some cases—and making it so regular consumers had to pay massive prices even for badly outdated models. Though, as of late 2021, this arms race is quieting down thanks to a number of factors (including a crackdown on miners by China), the GPU market has yet to recover.

Mined vs. Non-Mined Cryptocurrencies

Interestingly enough, though, not all cryptocurrencies are mined. Rather than use proof of work, some currencies—like Cardano and Ripple—use something called “proof of stake.” They still operate on blockchain for reasons of security, but instead of mining new blocks you “stake ” them instead, claiming them for yourself ahead of time.

The more you claim, the bigger the chances you’ll be awarded blocks. It’s a complicated system, even more so than mining, but it could very well be the future of cryptocurrency.

The Future of Mining

This brings us to an important final point: cryptocurrency does need a future beyond mining. Not only is it costly to mine new coins thanks to the price of electricity and GPUs, it’s also bad for the environment, as this article from the Columbia Climate School explains.

What that future will be is hard to say exactly: maybe it’s staking, maybe it’s any of the dozen other solutions crypto enthusiasts are undoubtedly thinking up as you read this. Time will tell.

Meghan Markle news - Prince Harry 'unrecognisable' to …

31-05-2022 · 8 hours ago · Prince Harry and Meghan have earned a staggering £12 million in the past two years - by doing nothing more than staying at home. Their luxury Montecito mansion, which they bought for £11.93 million...

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  • 22:01, 31 May 2022
  • Updated: 22:01, 31 May 2022

MEGHAN Markle has been accused of being 'possesive' after being spotted 'smothering' Prince Harry at major event, by a body language expert.

The Sussexes were seen attending a polo match together in California, where a body language expert claimed Meghan was displaying “maternal” behaviour towards her husband.

Expert Judi James said: “Meghan adopted ‘command, control, steer’ mode, placing both hands around Harry’s face as they kissed.”

Not long after, the former butler of Princess Diana, Paul Burrell echoed these concerns.

Speaking to OK!, Mr Burrell said: “I thought that Meghan was this breath of fresh air who would modernise the Royal Family and bring all the vital elements that were missing, but what kind of love is this? I feel that, from her body language at the polo, she came across as smothering.”

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  • The Sussexes attended a polo match together in California, where a body language expert claimed Meghan was displaying "over-possessive and maternal" behaviour towards her husband.

    Expert Judi James said: "Meghan adopted 'command, control, steer' mode, placing both hands around Harry's face as they kissed."

    Not long after, the former butler of Princess Diana, Paul Burrell echoed these concerns.

    Speaking to OK!, Mr Burrell said: "I thought that Meghan was this breath of fresh air who would modernise the Royal Family and bring all the vital elements that were missing, but what kind of love is this? I feel that, from her body language at the polo, she came across as smothering."

  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were warned to expect backlash from public crowds when they return to the UK next week for the Platinum Jubilee.

    Express.co.uk reported that the Sussexes could be greeted by boos, according to royal biographer and journalist Duncan Larcombe.

    He said on True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat that the reaction to the “divisive” couple will be “fascinating to see.”

    The royal expert highlighted that the crowds at the Jubilee will consist of “thousands and thousands of royalists.”

    The Jubilee celebrations will see Harry and Meghan both appear alongside the entire Royal Family for the first time in two years.

  • THE Queen was seen giving a royal wave as she returned home from Scotland today – two days before her Jubilee celebrations begin.

    The 96-year-old ended her Scottish “mini-break” at Highlands bolthole Craigowan Lodge on her Balmoral estate.

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  • Maria, who is already camping outside Buckingham Palace has said she is most excited to lay eyes on the monarch.

    She said: “I wanted to get here early to see Trooping the Colour. It’s going to be a very special one this year.

    “I want to be part of history and soak up the atmosphere because it’s going to be electric. 

    “I’m so proud to be here and be part of it. Money can’t buy this experience, it’s just wonderful. 

    “It’s a bit tricky with the toilets as they’re a bit of a walk, but we make it work.”

  • Fans lined the streets outside Buckingham Palace as they hoped to secure a prime viewing spot for this week’s celebrations.

    Angie Hart, who flew in from Canada this morning, wants to ensure she doesn’t need to go to the toilet over the three days she is camping out on The Mall and risk losing her prime position. 

    The 51-year-old, from Toronto, arrived to secure her front-row spot at lunchtime today, accompanied by her husband Patrick, 46, and daughters Camille, 22, and Charlotte, 23. 

    And while they’re kitted out with chairs, ponchos, blankets and binoculars, there is little to no food or drink in their bags.

    Angie, wearing a Jubilee jumper from Marks & Spencer, said: “We have brought some snacks, but honestly we don’t eat too much because it’s a problem.”

    When asked about what she’ll do about going to the loo until she leaves on Thursday night, she said: “Let’s just say I’ve got an extra change of clothes.”

  • The Queen had been relaxing in Craigowan Lodge to ensure she is fully fit and ready for her four-day Platinum Jubilee party.

    It comes after The Sun revealed a wheelchair lift and security ring of steel had been installed around the lodge – so she could spend more time in Scotland.

    The Queen has carried out a hectic few weeks opening the Elizabeth Line, watching the Royal Windsor Horse Show and taking a golf cart around Chelsea Flower Show.

    The monarch often travels to Balmoral at this time of year and usually stays for around a week. 

    Her break on this occasion is understood to be a means of pacing herself ahead of the Jubilee weekend.

  • Thomas Markle famously missed Meghan and Harry's wedding four years ago after claiming he had suffered a heart attack.

    He and his children have since gone on to repeatedly blast Meghan in the media, with Thomas most recently setting up a YouTube channel where he has discussed his daughter.

    Omid Scobie said: "Seeing clips of a quietly-spoken, elderly man who simply wants to meet his grandchildren, it’s easy to sympathise with his plight if one doesn't know the full story.

    "But given his multiple TV appearances dismissing the Sussexes’ claims that a royal family member expressed concerns about the colour of Archie’s skin, how much could he actually care for his grandson?"

  • Meghan Markle doesn't owe her dad "a damn thing" after he suffered a stroke, royal biographer Omid Scobie blasted today.

    It's understood the Duchess of Sussex, 40, has not been in touch with Thomas Markle, 77, since he was rushed to hospital last week.

    The retired Hollywood lighting director fell ill in Mexico on Monday night and was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

    There were subsequent reports Meghan had "reached out" to her dad - but half sister Samantha Markle later confirmed she hadn't.

    Royal Editor Omid Scobie has since hit back at the "publicity-hungry offspring", insisting Meghan has made "tireless attempts to repair their relationship".

    Writing for Yahoo! News, Scobie, who penned Meghan and Harry's biography Finding Freedom, said: "For Thomas—who within 24 hours of being released from the hospital continued his tabloid chats—he plans to continue speaking out until he gets the attention from his daughter that he feels he deserves.

    "But that’s where he’s wrong. After tireless and failed attempts to repair their relationship, Meghan doesn’t owe him a damn thing."

  • The Tower of London has unveiled a special garden to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

    The entrance to the new floral tribute includes around 20 million seeds of 29 different species, and is called Superbloom.

    It even includes a slide down from the entrance.

    Rhiannon Goddard, project director for the Historic Royal Palaces’s exhibit, said Superbloom was the “biggest” change at The Tower since 1845.

    She said: “The Platinum Jubilee is a rare occurrence to match that.

    “People are stepping outside the city and into nature.

    “Planting will change but it’s a nice opportunity for people to come down. It’s the biggest change here at the Tower since 1845.”

  • Meghan and Prince Harry will have "no engagements" of their own during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

    The Sussexes will reportedly "keep it simple" but are expected to attend the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.

    It comes amid fears the couple will overshadow the Queen's celebrations.

    Palace officials have confirmed they won't be joining senior royals on the balcony with the group limited to only "members of the Royal Family who are currently undertaking official public duties".

  • A full sized, hyper-realistic cake of Her Majesty The Queen has been served up to delighted players at a Buzz Bingo club in Birmingham today.

    Lara Mason, famed TikTok star boasting 70 million likes, created the royal masterpiece to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

    Taking over 5 days to build, the Victoria Sponge replica of Queen Elizabeth II shows the 96-year-old monarch wearing a blue sash symbolising her role as a member of the Royal Victorian Order and silver jewels.

    Lara Mason, Creative Director at Cake Anything, said: “This has been my biggest challenge in my career as The Queen is such a recognised and respected figure – I wanted to do her justice! I’ve loved recreating her image out of cake and I’m so delighted that Buzz Bingo approached me to help celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. It’s been amazing to see the reaction from players today.”

    Buzz Bingo will be offering all players a free cup of tea and special Jubilee cupcake when they visit any of the 91 clubs for the Sunday 5th June afternoon Main Event bingo. 

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  • MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are set to make their long-awaited return to the UK this week - with an action packed itinerary planned.

    The couple will reportedly avoid any "surprise" appearances that might overshadow the Queen and plan to "keep it simple" during their stay.

    Here's everything we know about the Sussexes' Jubilee trip:

    • Lilibet's birthday - The trip will mark the first opportunity many of the royals have ever had to meet Lili - and the Queen is believed to have freed up her diary to attend a ­possible birthday party for the tot.
    • Security row - Despite Harry's security row, he is likely to be given high-level Met Police security while attending royal events this weekend.
    • Sussex HQ - Buckingham Palace has confirmed Meghan, Harry and kids will spend the four-day Jubilee at Frogmore Cottage - after renewing their lease for the Windsor residence.
    • Netflix in tow - Netflix, which is currently filming a docu-series with Harry and Meghan, will not be given any privileged access to royal events over the weekend.
      A team of palace “minders” has been tasked to stop any moves by filmmakers to “exploit” the streaming giant’s £112million deal with the couple at the Queen’s four-day celebrations.
    • VIP guests - It's likely the Sussexes will be ushered to the VIP section to watch Trooping the Colour on Thursday.
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  • According to a royal expert, Prince Harry will return to the UK one day "with his tail between his legs" and face an emotional reunion with Prince William.

    Paul Burrell, the former butler to Princess Diana, believes Harry will at some point return to the UK.

    However, Burrell said it won't be easy, especially since he has cast doubt on whether Harry is "totally happy" with his new life in the US.

    He claims: "Harry's going to need his brother one day.

    "I think he will come back to this country with his tail between his legs. His brother will put his arms around him and say, ‘Welcome home, Harry'."

  • A royal commentator has claimed that Meghan Markle may be "dreading" her upcoming return to the UK and reunion with the rest of the Royal Family.

    Royal author Duncan Larcombe claimed the Sussex's upcoming visit to the UK is "probably incredibly nerve-wracking" for Meghan.

    However, the fact that the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes children are travelling with them, it means that this could be an advantage for the royal couple.

    Larcombe said: "Having Lili with them when they return for the Jubilee is probably quite a good distraction.

    "It will all be about the kids and kids' talk because you have to hope they wouldn't have long, drawn out, heart-to-heart chats in front of their children."

  • A royal expert has claimed that Prince Harry will be "completely out of place and bewildered" when he returns to the UK for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

    Paul Burrell, a former butler to Princess Diana, described the Duke of Sussex as a "lost soul" who "doesn’t have a place or a chair at the table anymore.

    Mr Burrell predicted: "I think Harry’s going to look completely out of place and bewildered.

    "I think he’s a lost soul.

    "He doesn’t have a place or a chair at the table anymore."

  • THERE ARE growing fears that a “Sussex bomb” is about to be dropped on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations - and could cause a right royal headache.

    This comes following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's controversial Oprah Winfrey interview, and information of the Duke’s forthcoming, warts-and-all autobiography.

    It has been said that royal courtiers have been doing a lot to diffuse any potential flashpoints, report the Telegraph.

    Despite this, there is the prospect of a Netflix film crew also making an appearance - something which is allegedly going to be an inflicting consternation.

    However, the palace stays accountable for the “official” engagements the couple plan to attend as they’re on the visitor listing for Friday’s Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, though presumably not within the royal procession.

    The Telegraph also reported that, the royal couple stick to the script by “avoiding visits elsewhere”.

    The palace additionally seems to be unaware of any potential competing engagements, with one insider revealing: “I don’t think they’re doing much. I wouldn’t be surprised if they just do Trooping and the service and that’s it.”

  • Earlier this month it was revealed only working royals will join Her Majesty for the traditional balcony appearance.

    That would exclude Prince Harry and Meghan, who "stepped back" as senior members of the Firm in January 2020, and Prince Andrew, who was sacked from royal duties due to his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.

    But royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams suggested there may be “a surprise or two” during the Jubilee celebrations, including a second balcony appearance featuring the whole extended Royal Family.

    He said: “I think what they’re going to do at the end is have the whole Royal Family, the extended Royal Family, at the balcony at some point."

    He argued it “makes total sense” because it includes everybody and will be “a bit of a surprise” for the public.

  • MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry will reunite with the Royal Family this weekend to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

    Speaking to The Sun, Howard Hodgson did not predict that the Jubilee would mark a significant improvement in relations between Harry and his family.

    He said: “I don’t think Meghan wants it to be repaired, because if it was repaired, that might get Harry wanting to come back and play his role.

    “In a way, Prince Charles doesn’t want any focus going in that direction, he wants a straight-line focus on him, William, George.”

    However, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said the Queen will “go out of her way” to welcome Meghan and Harry back into the fold with some “special gestures”.

    He told The Sun: “There’s this rift with the Sussexes and it’s been really damaging.

    “My own feeling is the Queen will go out of her way to be as generous a host as she possibly can.

    “Nobody wants a repeat of what happened at the rather extraordinary Commonwealth Day, with the Cambridges and Sussexes actually looking hostile to each other.

    “Anything like that is not going to happen now... I wouldn’t be surprised if there are special gestures to make them feel welcome.”

  • Now royal expert Angela Levin, who spent a year with Prince Harry as she wrote his biography, said she thinks 40x40 has been "cancelled".

    She told Sun Online: "I read some time back it had been quietly dropped. 

    "I think it's very quietly gone into the dustbin.

    "Most people didn't see the point in spending time changing the way people are. 

    "It's absurd to think you can change somebody.

    "You're not going to tell them how to do an interview in such a short time, or if someone's low or depressed you can't do that in 40 minutes either. It's totally unrealistic."

  • MEGHAN Markle's much-hyped 40th birthday campaign has reportedly been quietly dropped - less than a year after it was launched.

    The duchess asked A-listers including Adele and Stella McCartney, as well as members of the public, to donate 40 minutes of their time to "help women re-entering the workforce" for her 40x40 project.

    She promoted the initiative in a glitzy comedy video recorded at her home in exclusive Montecito.

    But less than 10 months on, there has been no follow-up on the campaign, which also featured comedy star Melissa McCarthy.

    Meghan's team also haven't updated the scheme's page on the Archewell website.

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  • This is a comment piece by Arthur Edwards.

    Dear Prince Harry and Meghan,

    It is great news that you are coming to the United Kingdom to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

    But, as I am sure you are both already aware, this week’s historic Bank Holiday celebrations is all about commemorating Queen Elizabeth’s remarkable reign.

    And, with respect, it is not about the pair of you.

    I am certain that the Queen will be delighted to see you both again, as well as Archie, but most of all she will be delighted at getting the chance to hold Lili in her arms.

    When you do meet your grandmother again, Prince Harry, you will find — despite your concerns — that Her Majesty is well protected and in safe hands.

    This time, I hope you will leave your Netflix crew behind and allow the Queen to take centre stage during these four days of national celebrations to mark her unique 70-year reign.

    Please, Harry and Meghan, don’t let Her Majesty down and, for once, take a back seat. Let the real star of the Jubilee shine.

    Warmest regards, Arthur

    Read the letter in full here.

  • The Sussexes attended a polo match together in California, where a body language expert claimed Meghan was displaying "over-possessive and maternal" behaviour towards her husband.

    Expert Judi James said: "Meghan adopted 'command, control, steer' mode, placing both hands around Harry's face as they kissed."

    Not long after, the former butler of Princess Diana, Paul Burrell echoed these concerns.

    Speaking to OK!, Mr Burrell said: "I thought that Meghan was this breath of fresh air who would modernise the Royal Family and bring all the vital elements that were missing, but what kind of love is this? I feel that, from her body language at the polo, she came across as smothering."

  • MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry will reunite with the Royal Family this weekend to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

    But while the event could create the perfect opportunity to heal the 'rift' between the Firm and the Sussexes, one royal author has claimed building bridges is the last thing on Meghan's mind.

    Speaking to The Sun, Howard Hodgson did not predict that the Jubilee would mark a significant improvement in relations between Harry and his family.

    He said: “I don’t think Meghan wants it to be repaired, because if it was repaired, that might get Harry wanting to come back and play his role.

    “In a way, Prince Charles doesn’t want any focus going in that direction, he wants a straight-line focus on him, William, George.”

    However, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said the Queen will “go out of her way” to welcome Meghan and Harry back into the fold with some “special gestures”.

  • A royal expert has predicted that the Queen is set to extend a "special gesture" to Harry and Meghan on their return. 

    Richard Fitzwilliam's told MailOnline: "Given the fact that there will be worldwide interest in [Harry and Meghan's] appearance, it would not be surprising if a special welcome was extended to them in some form by the Queen.

    "She specialises in kindly gestures and this is important".

  • Meghan ‘STILL has not spoken to sick dad'

    MEGHAN Markle has not spoken to her estranged dad since he suffered a stroke last week, her sister Samantha Markle claimed today.

    The Duchess of Sussex was rumoured to have reached out to Thomas Markle, 77, after he was rushed to hospital last Monday.

    Samantha, Meghan's half sister, said the duchess has not been in touch.

    Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Samantha, 57, said: "I heard rumours that she was trying to reach out to my dad’s camp but my brother and I are my dad’s camp and his number has never changed.

    "Even though he can’t speak, his language comprehension is perfect - she could text him or contact him and he would text back."

    She added: "Those rumours are not true she has not reached out."

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Smallpox Vaccine Halt Contributing to Monkeypox Rise

20-05-2022 · 1 day ago · A concentrated smallpox vaccine rollout occurred widely in the 1960s and '70s as part of a massive international effort to rid the world of the disease that had a fatality rate of …

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A halt in routine smallpox vaccinations decades ago has contributed to the growth of monkeypox, experts have said.

Monkeypox cases are continuing to spread around Europe in an outbreak doctors have described as unusual, since it only very occasionally spreads outside of west and central Africa.

Yet increasing numbers of cases are emerging this month in countries like the U.K., where 20 cases have been reported, as well as in Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, France, the U.S., Canada and others.

According to the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), this is the first time that chains of transmission have been reported in Europe without any known epidemiological links to west and central Africa.

Investigations are ongoing to examine the new cases and what is causing them. One factor is that people aren't protected against the virus, and haven't been since the global smallpox vaccine rollout was halted decades ago. The smallpox vaccine also protected against monkeypox.

Terrible Disease

A concentrated smallpox vaccine rollout occurred widely in the 1960s and '70s as part of a massive international effort to rid the world of the disease that had a fatality rate of around 30 percent in its most common form and was believed to have lingered on Earth for over 3,000 years.

In 1959, the World Health Organization (WHO) put a plan together to eradicate the disease entirely. Initially the program struggled due to a lack of funds and vaccine donations, and while the disease had already been eliminated in North America and Europe, it persisted in South America, Asia and Africa.

With the launch of a more intensified eradication effort in 1967, higher-quality freeze-dried vaccines were made available and mass campaigns were launched to get the shots into arms. The disease was declared completely eradicated in May 1980—an accomplishment considered to be one of, if not the biggest, achievements in international public health ever.

As smallpox became less and less of a threat, vaccine rollouts wound down. In the U.S., routine vaccination ended in 1972. Today, no government gives or recommends the vaccine routinely, according to the WHO, though it may still sometimes be given to people who work with the virus in labs.

Adults today who were vaccinated against the disease as children may still have some level of protection depending on how long ago they got it, but young people today will have no such protection.

"Smallpox immunity, either from vaccines or infection, does confer cross protection against monkeypox," Shabir Madhi, professor of vaccinology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, told Newsweek. "There might be a contributing role of increased susceptibility to monkeypox after having stopped smallpox vaccination."

Mark Jit, a professor of vaccine epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told Newsweek: "I agree that the resurgences of monkeypox have been driven by cessation of smallpox vaccination."

Partial Protection

He continued: "The vaccine also gives partial protection against monkeypox, so it was keeping monkeypox from spreading also."

A number of countries have now ordered in smallpox/monkeypox vaccines in light of the new monkeypox cases. Is it likely that we will see another rollout on the scale of the '60s and '70s? Unlikely, Madhi said.

"This needs to be balanced by what benefit would be derived at a population level to continue use of a vaccine to prevent what are really sporadic cases, and which has largely been confined to settings with close interface between humans and animals—rather than widespread.

"That is not to say that these cases, or dealing with outbreaks should be ignored, but it does warrant a more nuanced approach which will also ensure efficient use of vaccines that are currently stockpiled in a few high income countries."

Jit echoed the point. "Given that monkeypox usually doesn't spread very easily among humans, it probably isn't a good idea to vaccinate entire populations against smallpox just to prevent monkeypox."

Smallpox vaccine
A photo of a smallpox vaccine vial, 2002. The vaccine is no longer routinely administered due to the eradication of smallpox in 1980. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty
Microwave Baked Potatoes - Family Dinners

18-05-2022 · Place in the microwave on a paper towel. Cook for 5 minutes. Check to see if the potatoes are cooked through by poking with a fork. If the fork inserts into the potato easily the …

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  • Scrub potatoes to get all dirt off the skin of the potato. Pat dry.
  • Poke potatoes 6-8 times with a fork to vent the potato.
  • Place in the microwave on a paper towel. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Check to see if the potatoes are cooked through by poking with a fork. If the fork inserts into the potato easily the potatoes are cooked. If there is resistance and they are still a bit hard, cover again and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes and check again.

  • Overcooking potatoes in the microwave will cause your microwave to set on fire. It is better to cook and check the potato then cook longer than to set the timer for too long.
  • When the potato is cooked through, cut a slit down the center of the top of the potato skin. Use a fork or knife to fluff up the potato in the center. Top with your favorite baked potato toppings, including butter, shredded cheese, sour cream, bacon, chives or chili.

Serving: 1potato | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg

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