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Layer by Layer Issue 28: NEAR, Cosmos, and Solana

April 14, 2022, 7:48AM EDT • 17 min read Quick Take In this weekly series, we dive into some of the most interesting data and developments across the Layer 1 blockchain landscape, from DeFi and bridges to network activity and funding L1 teams continue to raise record amounts of capital to fund ecosystem development. Meanwhile, networks are undergoing major upgrades, with some facing significant issues along the way This week, we take a look at NEAR, Cosmos, and Solana   Join …

US DOT wants to fund research into crypto token incentives for drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program unveiled a raft of proposed research areas this week, including one that proposes investigating the use of crypto tokens to incentivize approaches to what it calls “modality use by consumers.” The information was included in a pre-solicitation notice issued on January 6. Per the document, the research area envisions that, as the US economy emerges from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, parking space for consumers, workers and other …

Layer by Layer 2021 Review: Part 1

December 8, 2021, 4:41PM EST • 12 min read Quick Take This is a section from The Block Research’s upcoming 2022 Digital Assets Outlook report Layer-1 blockchains have seen significant growth throughout 2021, capturing market share from Ethereum and employing varied strategies to build their own ecosystems Incentives and increased funding have played a key role in the growth of L1 platforms With many L1 ecosystems reaching new all-time highs in total value locked, competition remains intense among DeFi protocols …