What are we reading? September 1, 2022

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Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.


Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Fans of deep and distant family trees will want to digest this story focused on uncovering the identity of Ancestor X – that long lost mystery link between humans, Neanderthals and Denisovans.  – NewScientist



Also around during the time Ancestor X roamed the Earth trying to avoid wandering into poorly lit Neanderthal neighbourhoods is an energy source that could be a key contributor to clean energy futures. – Esquire



Glen Korstrom, reporter:

Been looking into the emerging metaverses companies are starting to enter. Decentraland is one that made headlines last year for selling virtual real estate for millions of dollars. Now the vodka brand Grey Goose is creating a virtual VIP lounge in the Decentraland metaverse for selected guests at the upcoming U.S. Open. Visitors play a game and then head to a virtual bar to learn drink recipes. – Forbes

Another curious story this week related to emerging technology involved the seemingly careless cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com. 

One of its workers accidentally typed an account number into a payment field and credited a woman’s account with the equivalent of about US$7.2 million. The mistake was not discovered for seven months, after the woman had withdrawn much of the windfall to buy a luxurious house and other items. Crypto.com has now filed court documents to try to get money back. – The Verge