Volume 20, Online Edition

CONtroversy in Health Care: A Hard Look at North Carolina’s Certificate of Need Laws

As health care costs continue to rise in the United States, patients are frequently exposed to unaffordable and unpredictable medical bills. In North Carolina, diagnostic imaging services such as MRI scans can cost patients more than a month’s income. In response to this, physicians like Dr. Singh of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have attempted to part

Cryptocurrency Mining: The Challenges it Faces and How New Regulations Can Help

The prevalence and importance of cryptocurrency has significantly increased since the introduction of Bitcoin just over ten years ago. Today, there are over 1,000 different cryptocurrencies, and recently the combined market capitalization of these cryptocurrencies peaked at over 750 billion dollars. A critical component of any cryptocurrency is the transaction verification through mining. However, cryptocurrency

Out-Teching Products Liability: Reviving Strict Products Liability in an Age of Amazon

From humble beginnings as an internet start-up in the mid– 1990s, Amazon has transformed itself into the prodigious and omnipresent e-commerce Leviathan of the early twenty-first century, cashing in on a society and economy increasingly comfortable with — and dependent on — technology-based services. In addition to its recent forays into brick-and-mortar grocery stores, film and television production, fast-fashion,

La Crypto Nostra: How Organized Crime Thrives in the Era of Cryptocurrency

The advent of Bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrency has left a permanent mark on the world as we know it, regardless of what percentage of the populace will ever touch or comprehend cryptocurrency in its lifetime. Thanks to the advent of blockchain technology, cryptocurrency has given rise to expedited international exchanges, increased protection of

Parametric Payouts and Environmental Conservation: How a Tech-Based Insurance Policy Could Pave the Way for Economically Viable Conservation Efforts

This year, the state government of Quintana Roo, Mexico, the Nature Conservancy, and the reinsurance company, Swiss Re, created the first parametric insurance policy to be taken out on a natural resource; the Mesoamerican Reef. This innovative policy creates a technology-based approach to establishing economically viable environmental conservation by assigning a quantitative value to a

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