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Eating Fish May Protect Our Brains From Air Pollution

Eating Fish May Protect Our Brains From Air Pollution

Microscopic particles of air pollution can damage brain cells. Omega-3s could act as a shield.

September 7, 2020     By Nathaniel Scharping

Air pollution is a constant companion in modern society, often even for those of us living outside cities. And it's taking a toll on our health in the form of heart, lung and brain problems. Simply put, the more air pollution you're around, the more likely you are to die earlier (Pope, 2000).

Air pollution may be inescapable, but there's hope. A new study shows that people who eat a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids seem to be shielded from brain degeneration, even when they live in areas with high levels of air pollution (Chen et al., 2020).

The study, from researchers at Columbia University's Irving Medical Center, backs up years of prior research on omega-3s and the brain. Not only are the fatty acids crucial to developing and maintaining healthy brain cells, they likely also serve to protect them as well.

No Escape From Air Pollution

Even in places where the air isn't visibly dirty, pollution can be an issue. For their study, the researchers focused on particulate matter, a type of air pollution made up of microscopic particles and droplets such as smoke, soot and dust.

Particulate matter has many sources: vehicles, factories, agriculture, and even some natural processes. Wildfires are also potent producers, as millions of Californians were reminded this summer (Thurston et al., 2011).

So, while levels of particulate matter are falling on average nationwide, air pollution is still a serious problem in some areas of the U.S. Scientists classify most particulate matter air pollution into two categories:

  • 10 micrograms (or ten millionths of a gram) or smaller, known as PM10. Typical sources include construction-site dust, pollen, and wildfire smoke.
  • 5 micrograms or smaller, dubbed PM2.5. These are more likely to come from human-technology sources, especially vehicles.

Both classes are harmful to humans, but the smaller PM2.5 particles can penetrate deeper into the lungs when inhaled, making them potentially more dangerous. And for years, studies have pointed out the myriad health issues that these particles cause. Higher levels of airborne particulate matter are associated with heart and lung problems, as well as with premature deaths in general (Pope, 2000). High PM2.5 levels have also been linked to a number of brain issues, including inflammation and decreases in brain volume among older adults (Wilker et al., 2015).

This kind of brain damage can be a marker for cognitive decline in the elderly, and it can be difficult to recover from. That makes it crucial to prevent damage before it happens.

A Link Between Brain Health and Seafood

For this latest research, the scientists looked at data from a large study conducted between 1996 and 2006 called the Women's Health Initiative Memory Study-Magnetic Resonance Imaging (WHIMS-MRI). It included over 1,300 healthy women between the ages of 65 and 80 who agreed to MRI scans of their brains, and who answered a battery of questions about their lifestyles, diets and more. The researchers also collected blood samples to measure levels of two important omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, in the women's bodies.

Then, the researchers used national data on air quality from the Environmental Protection Agency to track each participant's exposure to PM2.5 air pollution. With that data in hand, they could cross-reference three key things: air pollution exposure, brain health and omega-3 intake.

After accounting for a variety of factors, the researchers saw two clear trends. Women who were exposed to more air pollution had lost greater amounts of white matter in their brains, as well as brain volume in the hippocampus. But those with a diet that was rich in seafood — and therefore included plentiful omega-3s — had no such brain loss, even when they were exposed to air pollution.

The takeaway was that omega-3 fatty acids are likely to protect against the neurodegenerative effects of air pollution (Chen et al., 2020).

How Omega-3s Protect Our Brains

The researchers propose a few ways that omega-3s might help shield our brain health from particulate matter pollution. Omega-3s help protect and repair the protective myelin sheaths that shield our nerves and brain cells, keeping neurons intact and healthy. The fatty acids also help tamp down inflammation in our brains and bodies, preventing damage to cells (Chen et al., 2020).

The researchers say the effects they saw represent only a correlation, not causation. So, while people who ate more omega-3s were also protected from pollution, they couldn't show a direct cause-and-effect relationship. In addition, their study looked only at older women, so future research could better assess how omega-3s may shield other populations.

Still, scientists have been discovering associations between omega-3s and brain health for years. There’s enough evidence that even healthcare providers consistently recommend we get enough of the fatty acids in our diets.

Of course, omega-3s are good for us for many other reasons as well. They’re crucial building blocks for brain cells, and the fatty acids help keep our brains in top shape as we get older. Protecting us from air pollution is simply one more beneficial effect.

You can make sure your diet has enough omega-3s in it simply by consuming a few servings of seafood every week. Fish and other seafood, like Vital Choice’s wild-caught salmon, are the richest dietary sources of EPA and DHA, and they deliver a liberal helping of other essential nutrients as well, from vitamin D to antioxidants. An Alaskan sockeye fillet comes packed with almost 600 milligrams of EPA and over 1100 grams of DHA per serving.

In our dusty, smoggy, smoky world, these are nutrients that our beleaguered brains truly need.


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Chen C, Xun P, Kaufman JD, et al. Erythrocyte omega-3 index, ambient fine particle exposure, and brain aging. Neurology. 2020;95(8):e995-e1007. doi:10.1212/wnl.0000000000010074

DiNicolantonio JJ, O’Keefe JH. Importance of maintaining a low omega–6/omega–3 ratio for reducing inflammation. Open Heart. 2018;5(2):e000946. doi:10.1136/openhrt-2018-000946

Thurston GD, Ito K, Lall R. A source apportionment of U.S. fine particulate matter air pollution. Atmospheric Environment. 2011;45(24):3924-3936. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2011.04.070

Wilker EH, Preis SR, Beiser AS, et al. Long-Term Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter, Residential Proximity to Major Roads and Measures of Brain Structure. Stroke. 2015;46(5):1161-1166. doi:10.1161/strokeaha.114.008348

Witte AV, Kerti L, Hermannstädter HM, et al. Long-Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids Improve Brain Function and Structure in Older Adults. Cerebral Cortex. 2013;24(11):3059-3068. doi:10.1093/cercor/bht163

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Jack Dorsey’s Square-led Consortium Launches Cryptocurrency Patent Alliance

Jack Dorsey's Square-led Consortium Launches Cryptocurrency Patent Alliance

By RTTNews Staff Writer | Published: 9/16/2020 10:17 AM ET

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey headed financial services company Square, Inc. is set to establish a cryptocurrency patent alliance to enable open access to patents covering foundational technologies in the cryptocurrency sector. This is seen to be necessary for the crypto community to grow, freely innovate, and build new and better products.

The Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance, or COPA, seeks to democratize patents for everyone, empowering even small companies with tools and leverage to defend themselves. There is an invitation for all in the crypto community to join the alliance to address patent lockup concerns.

COPA is a non-profit community of like-minded people and companies formed to encourage the adoption and advancement of cryptocurrency technologies and to remove patents as a barrier to growth and innovation.

COPA will be governed by a board of nine members, consisting of three members from the crypto and open source community, three members from the founding companies and three members from the remaining COPA members.

COPA will employ a dual approach by asking its members to pledge never to use their crypto patents against anyone, except for defensive reasons, effectively making these patents freely available for all to use.

COPA will then create a shared patent library where members pool all of their crypto patents together to form a collective shield of patents, allowing members to use each others' patents to deter and defend against patent aggressors and trolls.

The shared patent library will help every member in the alliance regardless of whether they are small or large and whether they own patents themselves or not to ultimately benefit the entire crypto community.

Square said it believes that cryptocurrency's success depends on the community coming together to build and develop upon existing technologies to innovate, which is not possible when parties tie up foundational technology in patents and litigation.

Patents are generally used for offensive and misguided purposes and threaten the growth and adoption of emerging technologies such as cryptocurrencies. The "patent lockup" of foundational cryptocurrency technologies by a select few will also stifle innovation and deter mass-adoption.

COPA is expected to transform the way patents are viewed and used in the crypto world. It will help patents contribute to further innovation and advancement of cryptocurrencies rather than operate as obstacles.

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Total Value Locked in DeFi Recovers from Correction in Early Sept

Total Value Locked in DeFi Recovers from Correction in Early Sept.

John P. Njui   •   DEFI • ETHEREUM (ETH) NEWS   •   SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

Quick take:

  • The first week of September saw the total value locked in DeFi fall by 22%
  • This was due to decreasing ETH and BTC prices in the first week of September
  • The SushiSwap saga might have caused investors to remove their funds from DeFi projects
  • The total value locked has risen by 39.5% since the dip due to a crypto market recovery and renewed trust in DeFi

The first week of September was a rollercoaster ride not only in the crypto-markets but also in the DeFi world as the total value locked in the various platforms fell by 22%.

Crypto Market Crash and SushiSwap Saga Behind the Initial Drop of 22%

This drop by 22% was attributed to two factors. Firstly, there was a major correction in the crypto markets that saw Bitcoin drop below $10k on several occasions. Ethereum also fell hard from around $490 to $300. This sharp price decline definitely affected the fiat value of digital assets locked in DeFi.

Secondly, Chef Nomi had caused a bit of panic by cashing out his SUSHI for $14 million in Ethereum (ETH). His initial exit might have caused DeFi investors to pull out their funds from the various DeFi platforms thus reducing the total value locked.

Total Value Locked in DeFi Recovers by 39.5%

With the crypto markets now stable and the SushiSwap saga now resolved, the total value locked in DeFi has recovered by 39.5% since its bottom. This feat was captured by the team at Unfolded via the following two tweets that demonstrate the initial crash and subsequent recovery.

DeFi Continues to Grow at Warp Speed

A quick glance at recent news in the crypto-verse reveals that the DeFi industry continues to grow at warp speed. In the past few weeks, we have seen exchanges such as Binance, OKEx, KuCoin, Bitrue and more, start to offer DeFi products on their platforms in a bid to keep up with investor interest.

DeFi to Make Banks Obsolete

This rapid growth in DeFi has fueled several predictions including traditional banks becoming obsolete with time and future Nobel Prizes being awarded based on work related to crypto. Below are tweets providing the two predictions.

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Iron the Natural Way

Iron, the Natural Way

Iron supplements may do more harm than good. Getting your iron from your diet, especially seafood such as oysters and scallops, is likely a better choice.

September 14, 2020     By Temma Ehrenfeld

Should adults take iron supplements? They’re a huge seller, promoted as a way of boosting energy. It’s true that up to 11 percent of older adults living on their own may be anemic. Their iron deficiency is usually mild, but still linked to decline and higher death rates.

In fact, a low red blood cell count, the classic sign of iron deficiency, is one of the most common health disorders of all adults worldwide.

However, it’s also possible to suffer from iron overload, which is linked to other dangers, so be careful with supplements. Research suggests an iron-rich diet may be a better choice. Among commonly consumed foods, shellfish is rich in bio-available iron.

A delicate balance

Iron is a mineral that makes it possible for oxygen to reach tissues throughout your body. Your bone marrow uses iron to produce hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells. Hemoglobin picks up oxygen in the lungs, and drops it off in your tissues. It also gathers carbon dioxide and carries that back to the lungs to be exhaled.

You can get the iron you need on a daily basis only from food, or from iron your body stored when you had extra. If you do have anemia, usually the easiest way to fix it is through diet. (Hint: Do you like oysters? Scallops? Beef?)

Other possible causes of low iron are gastrointestinal bleeding, chronic kidney disease or other chronic inflammation (Lanier et al., 2018). Inflammation, which is associated with many illnesses, makes it harder for the body to absorb iron.

But dig deeper, and things quickly get more complicated. This is the body, after all, with balancing mechanisms at work in every system (Camaschella, 2013).

A liver hormone called hepcidin controls how much iron circulates. If too much hepcidin drives iron lower, you can end up with a low red blood cell count.

On the other hand, a genetic disorder called hemochromatosis drives down hepcidin. Then, your body can build up too much iron in the skin, heart, liver, pancreas, pituitary gland, and joints.

Too much iron is toxic and damages tissues over time (Pilling et al., 2019). Some speculate that the genes that lead to iron overload, which are most common among people of Celtic ancestry, may have boosted survival during the bubonic plague in Europe and Irish potato famine (Adams, 2015). But today, iron overload increases your risks of infection.

You can check your iron with a blood test, followed by genetic testing if you think you have hemochromatosis in your family or symptoms of iron overload.

Aging and iron

Your ability to synthesize heme, a precursor to hemoglobin, declines with age. Heme deficiency can lead to iron accumulation, oxidative stress, and less effective mitochondria, the structures within cells that supply them with energy.

One reason we are more vulnerable to infection as we age is sometimes excess iron accumulation, which helps pathogens sustain an infection. Older adults with unusually high levels of iron are in greater danger of liver disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.

But iron-deficient anemia is also a major problem in elders – in fact, it is among the most common disorders of old age. Older people with anemia are more likely to fall, be hospitalized, or admitted to nursing homes (Goodnough et al, 2014).  

Overall, because of these risks, genes affecting iron levels are an important factor in how well you age (Timmers et al., 2020). The risk of anemia rises for people over the age of 85 and is very high in assisted-living residents.

One tip-off to anemia is fatigue. In addition, you might have pale skin and fingernails, weakness, dizziness, and headaches.

Again, the best bet to cut through the confusion for older adults is a test. Your physician can arrange a test of serum iron or serum ferritin (ferritin is a protein that helps store iron in your tissues) to determine if your levels are low, high, or just right. 

Upping the iron in your diet

Both iron overload and anemia often show no symptoms, so most people don’t know they have a problem until they get a lab test. The general rule is that children, especially babies, need a lot of iron. As adults, men need eight mg of iron a day. Women need 18 mg (and more during pregnancy and breastfeeding) but after menopause, eight mg is sufficient.

Shellfish is among the best options because it contains heme iron, which is more easily absorbed than the iron in plants. Oysters are at the very top of the list of iron-rich foods, behind only fortified breakfast cereal. Three ounces of oysters could give you almost half your daily requirement. Three ounces of scallops provide 14 percent. The same amount of sardines or beef provides 11 percent of the daily value.

If you’re looking for greens, spinach has more iron than kale. Even if you don’t have a problem with gluten, you might experiment with quinoa, which is higher in protein than other grains and rich in iron and other minerals.

Importantly, eating iron-rich foods won’t necessarily tip your iron balance too high, even in those with hemochromatosis.

As one review study put it, “Although dietary iron is the source of excess iron in hemochromatosis, a decrease in dietary iron has not been shown to decrease iron stores in hemochromatosis” (Beaton, Adams, 2007). In other words, other body mechanisms appear to be at play in iron overload, not “excess” iron intake in food.

Meanwhile, high-dose iron supplementation – more than 20 milligrams – can lead to stomach upset, constipation, and other problems (Aggett, 2012).

Bottom line? As usual, whole-food sources such as quality seafood, providing a balance of nutrients in forms our bodies can recognize and use, are typically the best choice.


Adams PC. Epidemiology and diagnostic testing for hemochromatosis and iron overload. Int J Lab Hematol  Published May, 2015.

Aggett PJ. Iron. In: Erdman JW, Macdonald IA, Zeisel SH, eds. Present Knowledge in Nutrition. 10th ed. Washington, DC: Wiley-Blackwell; 2012:506-20.

Camaschella C. Iron and hepcidin: a story of recycling and balance. Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program. Published 2013

Goodnough LT, Schrier SL. Evaluation and management of anemia in the elderly. Published January 2014.

Hereditary Hemochromatosis. Published July 7, 2020.

Lanier JB, Park JJ, Callahan RC. Anemia in Older Adults. Am Fam Physician  Published October 1, 2018. 

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BNB Fumbles at 33 Binance Get Sued and More News from the Exchange

BNB Fumbles at $33, Binance Get Sued and More News from the Exchange

John P. Njui   •   BINANCE (BNB) NEWS • COINMARKETCAP   •   SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

Quick summary:

  • Binance Coin (BNB) has corrected to the $28 level after a local peak of $33.38
  • The pullback happened immediately CZ tweeted about the new peak value
  • Bella Protocol (BEL) trading commences today
  • Binance has canceled the listing of BTT/USDT perpetual contract
  • The exchange has listed SWRV, LTCUP, LTCDOWN and more
  • Binance is being sued for allegedly playing a part in laundering Bitcoin from a 2018 hack

The team at Binance has been known for continually building with DeFi being their latest focus. In the past few weeks, Binance has molded itself into a Centralized-DeFi platform (CeDeFi). All the DeFi activities at Binance have benefited the value of Binance Coin with BNB taking off from around $18 when the Binance Launchpool was launched, to the recent peak of $33.38.

Binance Coin (BNB) Fumbles at $33 and Right After CZ Tweeted About It

After printing the local peak at $33.38, Binance Coin has since corrected hard dropping to as low as $27.98.

BNB was clearly overbought but what makes the pullback interesting, is the fact that it happened immediately after CZ tweeted about the new peak price. Furthermore, he implied that it was not a good idea to bet against Binance Coin. CZ’s tweet can be found below.

What Next for Binance Coin in the Crypto Markets?

Binance Coin has since found some short term support at the $27 – $28 price area and could result in a short term bounce to the $30 – $32 area. However, a loss of this support zone could send Binance Coin back to the $25 – $26 support zone.

More Binance News

Also today, the crypto exchange of Binance announced the listing of the following on the trading platform.

  • STORJ/USDT perpetual contract with leverage of up to 50x
  • Listing of Swerve (SWRV) with trading commencing today
  • Listing of LTCUP/USDT and LTCDOWN/USDT trading pairs with trading commencing tomorrow at 7am UTC
  • Isolated margin trading for STX, STPT and UMA
  • Listing of Bella Protocol (BEL) and trading commencing today at 8am UTC

Cancelation of BTT/USDT Perpetual Contract

Also today, the team at Binance canceled the listing of the BitTorrent (BTT) perpetual contract. The exchange explained that the cancelation was due to technical reasons and further apologized to traders for any inconvenience.

Binance Being Sued For Helping Launder $9M from 2018 Hack

To top it all off, the crypto exchange of Binance is being sued for allegedly playing a role in laundering over 6,000 Bitcoin (BTC) stolen from a Japanese Exchange in 2018. The plaintiff is a crypto exchange known as Fisco but was known as Zaif at the time of the hack.

The team at Fisco explains that the thieves took advantage of Binance's lax KYC policies back then to launder the stolen coins. Fisco is therefore demanding compensation for the loss.

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US Presidential candidate served for alleged securities fraud at rally in NYC

U.S. Presidential candidate served for alleged securities fraud at rally in NYC

This campaign rally probably did not turn out quite as the candidate had envisioned it.

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            SEPT 14, 2020

Presidential candidate Brock Pierce was served for his connection to alleged securities fraud during his campaign rally in New York City earlier today.

Source: Twitter.

James Koutoulas, the lawyer leading this case, told Cointelegraph that Pierce was served legal documents in connection with a class action case against Block.One — a company that Pierce co-founded. Block.One was the company behind EOS' $4 billion initial coin offering. The project's ICO was the largest such offering to date.

Brock Pierce has co-founded a number of crypto projects including, Tether, and Blockchain Capital. The first two have been subject to ongoing legal actions for a number of years.

Pierce announced his long-shot candidacy for U.S. President in July, hot on the heels of Kanye West. His campaign site states that he is a pioneer digital currency and has raised more than $5 billion for the companies he has founded.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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Why A Temporary Bear Market Won’t Pull Bitcoin Below 10000 Again

Why A Temporary Bear Market Won’t Pull Bitcoin Below $10,000 Again

By Adrian Klent – September 13, 2020

Cryptocurrency rating platform Weiss Crypto Ratings has averted the worries of many Bitcoin users who are all currently witnessing the bearish downtrend that struck the market a few days ago. In a notable tweet, Weiss is confident that the bear trend, speculated to die down quickly, isn’t strong enough to pull Bitcoin below $10,000 in the near term.

At press time, volatility is still high for the most valued digital asset which has declined by more than 10% since the month began. At the time of this writing, Bitcoin is worth $10,317 and according to Weiss, Bitcoin is holding strong at this point. A drop below $10,000 equals Bitcoin dropping by nearly 5.5% and trading at prior support around the $9500 and $9800 mark. But Weiss is certain that the possibility of a swift bearish turn is not in sight.

As the tweet reads:

“Bitcoin price balances at $10K. We don’t think BTC is going to go below 10k anytime soon.”

With reference to Ethereum, Weiss claims that the $10k BTC price peak is simply short term support. “It’s support, just like 350 was support for ETH. For BTC, we’re looking at least at a temporary short-term low.” Weiss asserted.

From the technicals on Bitstamp, a quick look at the 1-week chart will reveal that recapturing $11,000 is not impossible for the big bull. Evidently, the bulls are holding strong with a significant bullish reversal pattern preceding every bearish interference.

Since the 6th of September, every significant bearish trend has been diluted by the bulls who have managed to keep the market in moderation. Although the strength in defense has not been crucial enough to foster a correction in price movement, Bitcoin is well poised for a flip in price, at least to a prior resistance of $10,500 that could potentially become support if a notable upswing in price is realized.

Still, on the topic of Bitcoin being propitious, the number of wallet addresses holding at least 1 BTC has proliferated. 823,000 is now the new all-time high for 1-BTC wallet holders. Bitcoin isn’t the only cryptocurrency investors are tossing their coins into, Ethereum has also witnessed an impressive increase in addresses. And just like Bitcoin, Ethereum investors have turned a blind eye to the volatility in price.

It’s not certain when Bitcoin breaks the $12,000 rooftops as it did at the beginning of this month, but the rise in investment interest is yet another organic indicator that Bitcoin’s intrinsic value is as present as ever.

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CVS Health Adds 120 New Covid-19 Test Sites

CVS Health Adds 120 New Covid-19 Test Sites

By RTTNews Staff Writer | Published: 9/11/2020 8:46 AM ET

CVS Health Corp. has added more that 120 new COVID-19 drive-thru test sites today at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across the United States. It also added that children age 12 years and older are eligible for testing at the more than 2,000 of its drive-thru test sites as schools are set to open across the country.

These actions are part of the healthcare company’s comprehensive effort to increase access to COVID-19 testing in order to help slow the spread of the virus.

As schools are set to open, CVS has implemented a system of allowing parents or guardians to register and accompany their children for a self-swab test close to their homes. This will help in making testing for minors aged 12 to 15 years more readily available.

CVS added that parents or guardians seeking testing for children under the age of 12 should consult with a paediatrician to identify appropriate testing options.

Further, CVS has made efforts in recent weeks to expand its network of independent third-party lab partners to enable improve turnaround time for the delivery of test results. This will result in a turnaround time of within 2 to 3 days.

These Self-swab tests are available at no cost to patients or individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria, in addition to age guidelines. Patients must register online in advance at to schedule an appointment.

The individuals need to stay in their cars while approaching pharmacy drive-thru window to receive the test kit and instructions will be given by a CVS Pharmacy team member, who will also observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly.

CVS said the COVID-19 testing will take place in parking lots or at drive-thru windows and will not take place inside any of their retail locations. CVS Pharmacy, HealthHUB and MinuteClinic locations will continue to serve customers and patients.

The company has been successfully operating large-scale COVID-19 drive-thru rapid test sites. It has administered more than three million COVID-19 tests since launching its first test site in the parking lot of a CVS Pharmacy location in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts in March.

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Binance Coin BNB Could Be On a Path to Set a New ATH Thanks to DeFi

Binance Coin (BNB) Could Be On a Path to Set a New ATH Thanks to DeFi

John P. Njui   •   BINANCE (BNB) NEWS • COIN MARKET CAP • DEFI   •   SEPTEMBER 12, 2020

Quick take:

  • In the third quarter of 2020, Binance has dived dip into DeFi
  • BNB can now be staked to earn 60% APR and new tokens through the Binance Launchpool
  • Binance has also set up a $100M incubator fund specifically for DeFi projects
  • Binance Smart Chain is also live on the mainnet
  • All these events provide enough fundamentals for a Binance Coin (BNB) rally past its previous ATH if $39.57

A quick glance at the top 10 digital assets according to Coinmarketcap reveals that Binance Coin (BNB) stands out from the rest in terms of 24-hour gains. BNB is the only digital asset in the top 10 experiencing double-digit gains as can be seen in the screenshot below.

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Binance Coin (BNB) Price Being Propelled by DeFi

A quick analysis of recent news surrounding the Binance crypto exchange provides the following reasons as to why Binance Coin (BNB) is thriving in the crypto markets.

  • Binance recently launched BNB and BUSD staking at 60% and 50% APR respectively
  • Binance launched its Launchpool allowing investors to earn new tokens, such as BEL, by staking their BNB
  • 17.941 Million BNB ($484 Million) has been staked to farm Bella (BEL) tokens
  • BEL farming will conclude on the 9th of October
  • Binance has continually listed popular DeFi tokens
  • CZ and the team at Binance have decided that DeFi is the way to go henceforth and are continually building
  • Binance Smart Chain is live on mainnet
  • Binance has set up a $100 Million incubator fund for DeFi projects

Binance Coin Could be On a Path to Break Previous ATH

Switching focus to the BNB/USDT chart, the above-mentioned fundamentals could provide the necessary momentum for Binance Coin (BNB) to push past its previous all-time high value of $39.57 set in June 2019.

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Visiting the daily BNB/USDT chart courtesy of Tradingview, the following can be observed.

  • The daily trade volume is in the green
  • Price is above the 50-day, 100-day and 200-day moving averages confirming general bullishness by Binance Coin
  • MACD has crossed in a bullish manner
  • However, the MFI is high at 77 hinting of a pending correction or consolidation of Binance coin before another move up
  • Current resistance levels before the ATH value can be found at $27.81, $28.57, $29.02, $30.67, $32.72, $34.18, $35.44, $36.41 and $37.95
  • BNB’s path to a new all-time high will not be an overnight affair and will take time


Summing it up, the fundamentals surrounding Binance Coin are impressive and could provide the needed momentum for BNB to retest or break the previous all-time high value of $39.57. However, the rise of BNB to this level might not be overnight as the digital asset has plenty of resistance levels to overcome beforehand.

Additionally, BNB’s bullishness is also highly dependant on a stable crypto market led by Bitcoin which is very much correlated to the stock markets.

As with all analyses of Binance Coin, traders and investors are advised to use stop losses and low leverage when trading BNB on the various derivatives platforms.

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DoJ Charges Russian National With Wire Fraud Conspiracy

DoJ Charges Russian National With Wire Fraud Conspiracy

By RTTNews Staff Writer | Published: 9/11/2020 10:09 AM ET

A Russian national was charged in the Eastern District of Virginia with wire fraud conspiracy for his alleged role in a conspiracy to use the stolen identities of real U.S. persons to open fraudulent accounts at banking and cryptocurrency exchanges, according to a statement by the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ).

27-year old Artem Mikhaylovich Lifshits serves as a manager in “Project Lakhta,” a Russia-based effort to engage in political and electoral interference operations.

According to the criminal complaint, Lifshits conspired with other Project Lakhta members to steal identification of real U.S. persons and used them to open fraudulent bank and cryptocurrency exchange accounts in the victims’ names.

Lifshits and the conspirators allegedly used these fraudulently opened accounts to both promote Project Lakhta’s influence operations and for personal gains. However, the criminal complaint does not allege that any U.S. citizens knowingly participated in the operations.

Project Lakhta has engaged in disrupting the democratic process in the U.S. since at least May 2014 and spread distrust towards candidates for political office and the political system in general.

“This case demonstrates that federal law enforcement will work aggressively to investigate and hold accountable cyber criminals located in Russia and other countries, which serve as safe-havens for this type of criminal activity,” said Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Additionally, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated Lifshits and two other Project Lakhta actors for sanctions based on the malicious cyber-enabled activity outlined in the complaint.

The charges contained in the criminal complaint are merely accusations of committing a crime, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court, the DoJ said.

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