Ethereum has been on a tear, gaining 14% in the past 24 hours. The world’s second-biggest cryptocurrency by market capitalization is now up ​​more than 47% in the past 14 days ahead of the Merge.

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Fast facts

  • Ethereum is up 13.9% over the past 24 hours, trading at US$1,637 at 1 pm Hong Kong time on Thursday, according to Coingecko data. The coin benefited on Thursday from the bounceback in risk assets following the Fed’s decision to raise rates.
  • Ethereum’s tenth “shadow fork” went live on Tuesday, around 26 hours ahead of schedule, as the network takes steps to prepare for the Merge, expected to occur in mid-September. 
  • Ethereum developers have been running several tests or ‘shadow forks’ where data from the mainnet are copied to a testing environment, ahead of the merge. 
  • The shadow fork brings the network a step closer to Ethereum’s third and final testnet merge, Goerli, scheduled for August 10. 
  • The Merge will transition the Ethereum network to a proof-of-stake from a proof-of-work consensus mechanism, making the network 99% more environmentally friendly.
  • While no significant glitches were reported, the network will continue to deploy shadow forks until the Merge. 

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