Hunt for extraterrestrial life obstructed by crypto-currency mining

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  1. Hunt for extraterrestrial life obstructed by crypto-currency mining  MENAFN.COM
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MENAFN A radio astronomer has blamed the crypto currency mining trend over difficulties facing scientists, who are listening out for broadcasts from..A scientist says the search for alien intelligence has been hit by a shortage of computer hardware. Crypto currency craze hinders search for alien life Mining a currency such as Bitcoin or Ethereum involves connecting computers to a global network and using them to solve complex mathematical ."We d like to use the latest GPUs graphics processing units and we can t get em," Dr. Dan Werthimer told the BBC. The chief scientist of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI Project, says the surging demand for GPUs from cryptocurrency miners is leaving the computer chips in short supply .It turns out that high end graphics cards are fantastic for mining non bitcoin cryptocurrencies, which has led to a global shortage of GPUs. Gamers are livid at the lack of supply, especially as prices skyrocket on secondary markets. But they re not the only ones with ruined dreams The shortage has stalled .

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