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Solana – Speed, Scalability… Security?

Among modern layer-one blockchains such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, honesty and legitimacy come at the cost of efficiency. On the Bitcoin blockchain, miners first compete in a guess-and-check race to compute a hash lower than a target value. Then, validator nodes confirm this hash and converge on the correct block ordering. This process, which implements a Proof-of-Work mechanism, is wildly inefficient. To allow miners enough time to complete their task, target hashes are set such that forming a block takes miners approximately 10 minutes on average. This is the issue that Solana and its elegant Proof-of-History (PoH) solves.
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Zero Knowledge Proofs (ZKPs) are a game-changing cryptographic tool that enables one party to prove to another that they have certain information, all without revealing the information itself. By using a proof where the validator verifies the truthiness of a statement without revealing the underlying data, ZKPs make it possible to create anonymous and private transactions on public blockchain, while maintaining their privacy and keeping their sensitive information secure.

Uniswap v3 Deep Dive

Decentralized crypto exchanges (DEXs) have become an essential part of the decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem. Each day, tens of billions of dollars are transacted on DEXes, enabling crypto holders to easily buy and sell digital assets without having to find counterparties themselves or delegate custody of their assets. This liquidity not only provides profit opportunities for traders and investors but also helps the markets efficiently discover the prices of digital assets. Today, Uniswap is one of the largest DEXs in the world, supporting billions of dollars in transactions every day for individuals, decentralized apps (dApps), and traders around the world.
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The Future of Cross-Chain Wallets

An exploration into the current state of cross-chain wallets and their future trajectory. Done in collaboration with LayerZero.
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State of the Ledger 2022

2022 was a year of excitement, new possibilities, new challenges, and evolution for Blockchain at Berkeley. Building off of our foundations from 2021, we recruited talented and dedicated members, started ambitious projects, and provided crucial services to the blockchain industry.
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The Race Against Time: Blockchain vs. Quantum Computing

By: Riteka Murugesh
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Connecting the DOTs: The Interoperability of Polkadot

By: Tiffany Liu
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Curve Finance

By: Aditya Bhandari
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Understanding the Avalanche P-Chain

By: Jake Mok