You probably scratched your head last year if you read about time crystals, likely 2017's most esoteric, widely covered popular science story. Even if you understood how they worked, you might not have known what use they could have. Time crystals, systems of atoms that maintain a periodic ticking behaviour in the presence of an added electromagnetic pulse, have now piqued the interest of one well-funded government agency. The US Department of Defence.
The people of Plattsburgh, New York have had enough. Yesterday, the city council approved an 18-month moratorium on new cryptocurrency mining operations. The temporary ban will be used to figure out what to do with these ding dong miners using up all the electricity.