Zoos Network To Contain Disease

Online health records could keep outbreaks from spreading to humans

3 min read

Keeping track of 100 head of cattle is a job for a cowboy; keeping track of 2 million elephants, emus, octopuses, orangutans, and other animals in the world’s more than 700 zoos and aquariums is a job for a coder. Zookeepers in 21 institutions have just begun testing the new Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS), a US $20 million real-time global network of zoo and aquarium medical files and animal husbandry records. One of the main goals of ZIMS is to monitor the spread of animal diseases that can potentially cross over to humans.

”ZIMS tracks the health and transport of zoo animals through the career of the animal,” says Tracee Treadwell, a veterinarian and public health expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in Atlanta. ”We have been involved in the initial design of the system and see its potential to identify new and emerging diseases among these animals.”

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The Spectacular Collapse of CryptoKitties, the First Big Blockchain Game

A cautionary tale of NFTs, Ethereum, and cryptocurrency security

8 min read
Mountains and cresting waves made of cartoon cats and large green coins.
Frank Stockton

On 4 September 2018, someone known only as Rabono bought an angry cartoon cat named Dragon for 600 ether—an amount of Ethereum cryptocurrency worth about US $170,000 at the time, or $745,000 at the cryptocurrency’s value in July 2022.

It was by far the highest transaction yet for a nonfungible token (NFT), the then-new concept of a unique digital asset. And it was a headline-grabbing opportunity for CryptoKitties, the world’s first blockchain gaming hit. But the sky-high transaction obscured a more difficult truth: CryptoKitties was dying, and it had been for some time.

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