hat else is different?

Blockchains communicate with each other in the Cosmos ecosystem through a hub and zone model. For example, if you wanted to connect Ethereum and Bitcoin through Cosmos, both blockchains would need to connect to their own zone. The Ethereum zone and Bitcoin zone would then each connect to a hub and through this shared hub, Ether and Bitcoin could be transferred between them.

How are ATOMs produced?

The native tokens of the Cosmos network are called ATOMs. Holding ATOMs gives the holder the ability to stake and validate blocks, vote on governance issues, and pay for transaction fees. The initial ATOM tokens were created when the Cosmos mainnet launched and were distributed to initial donors, token sale participants, the Cosmos Foundation, and core developers. New ATOMs are generated as rewards for network validators.

How do you get hold of ATOMs?

ATOMs can be traded on major exchanges such as Binance or Poloniex. You can also receive ATOMs through staking directly as a validator or indirectly as a delegator.

What can you do with ATOMs?

Holders of ATOMs are able to earn a share of the network’s block rewards and transaction fees through staking. As a validator, you must stake or lock your ATOMs and run specialized software, which maintains the Cosmos network by proposing new blocks and validating transactions. Holders can also choose to delegate their ATOM tokens with validators instead of running the validator software themselves, which still allows them to receive some rewards for staking.