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Scientists cannot create drug for deadly pathogen that has killed THOUSANDS across 50 countries

Scientists cannot create drug for deadly pathogen that has killed THOUSANDS across 50 countries

Scientists cannot create drug for deadly pathogen that has killed THOUSANDS across 50 countries because it reproduces sexually to create new strains unlike all others that reproduce asexuallyCandida auris infects the bloodstream and can sometimes result in deathScientists cannot create a  drug to fight it because the pathogen reproduces sexually and creates different strains as a result Most infectious bacteria reproduces asexually, meaning it creates strains that are copies of itself By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com Published: 14:57 EDT, 28 June 2022 | Updated: 14:57 EDT, 28 June 2022 A deadly pathogen emerged in 2009 that scientists have yet to tackle with drugs…
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Now you can have a picnic on Wimbledon’s famous ‘Hill’ in the METAVERSE

Now you can have a picnic on Wimbledon’s famous ‘Hill’ in the METAVERSE

Whether you call it 'Henman Hill' or 'Murray Mound', a day spent picnicking at Wimbledon's iconic viewing spot is one treasured by tennis fans the world over.But now, you no longer have to actually visit the venue to soak up the atmosphere (sort of).That is because the All England Tennis Club has launched The Virtual Hill — a metaverse-style socially interactive experience that allows visitors to set up virtual camp on the mound.Visitors start by creating a personalised avatar, before picking their own picnic spot as they rub shoulders with other tennis fans from around the world.Some will even have the opportunity to…
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A tiny NASA spacecraft launches to test out a new orbit around the Moon

A tiny NASA spacecraft launches to test out a new orbit around the Moon

Early this morning, a small NASA spacecraft about the size of a microwave embarked on the beginning of a four-month-long journey to the Moon, where it will eventually insert itself into a unique, elongated lunar orbit that no NASA mission has visited before. The spacecraft’s goal is simple: test out this particular orbit and see what it’s like. That’s because it’s the same orbit that lunar-bound astronauts could use in the coming decade. This distinctive orbit is called “near rectilinear halo orbit,” or NRHO for short. It’s a special seven-day path that spacecraft can take around the Moon, bringing vehicles…
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Google launches Advanced API Security to protect APIs from growing threats – TechCrunch

Google launches Advanced API Security to protect APIs from growing threats – TechCrunch

Google today announced a preview of Advanced API Security, a new product headed to Google Cloud that’s designed to detect security threats as they relate to APIs. Built on Apigee, Google’s platform for API management, the company says that customers can request access starting today. Short for “application programming interface,” APIs are documented connections between computers or between computer programs. API usage is on the rise, with one survey finding that more than 61.6% of developers relied on APIs more in 2021 than in 2020. But they’re also increasingly becoming the target of attacks. According to a 2018 report commissioned…
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‘Super earths’ may be even more habitable than our own planet, study says

‘Super earths’ may be even more habitable than our own planet, study says

'Super earths' outside our solar system that are rich in hydrogen or helium may be even more habitable than our own planet, a new study suggests.Researchers say rocky exoplanets with atmospheres dominated by hydrogen and helium have surfaces warm enough to host liquid water.The presence of liquid water is 'favourable for life', so these planets could provide habitable conditions and exotic habitats for maybe even 8 billion years. Earth, in comparison, is estimated to be 4.5 billion years old and have at least 1.5 billion years left to support life.Some planets in the universe could be even more habitable than our home…
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Is arthritis making your life a misery? Try a workout… or a chat!

Is arthritis making your life a misery? Try a workout… or a chat!

Is arthritis making your life a misery? Try a workout... or a chat! Being active could help sufferers to combat crippling fatigue, study suggestsExercise and talking therapy could help thousands of patients with arthritisThose who had talking or exercise therapy significantly reduced fatigue levels against those receiving usual care, universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow saidThe benefits continued for six months following completion of the treatment By Shaun Wooller Health Correspondent For The Daily Mail Published: 18:30 EDT, 27 June 2022 | Updated: 18:30 EDT, 27 June 2022 Exercise and talking therapy could help thousands of patients with rheumatoid arthritis combat crippling fatigue,…
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Google WOULD push back on abortion data request from police as other tech companies won’t answer

Google WOULD push back on abortion data request from police as other tech companies won’t answer

The 26 states where abortion will likely become illegal if SCOTUS overturns Roe vs Wade after leaked draft opinion showed a majority of justices supported the moveMore than half of all US states have some kind of abortion ban law likely to take effect now that Roe v Wade has been overturned by the United States Supreme Court. According to the pro-reproductive rights group The Guttmacher Institute, there are 26 states that will likely make abortions illegal now that the Supreme Court has overturned the landmark 1973 ruling.18 have existing abortion bans that have previously been ruled unconstitutional, four have time…
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New Zealand sea sponges are ‘dying by the millions’ due to climate change

New Zealand sea sponges are ‘dying by the millions’ due to climate change

On land, heatwaves can be deadly for humans and wildlife and can devastate crops and forests.Unusually warm periods can also occur in the ocean. These can last for weeks or months, killing off kelp forests and corals, and producing other significant impacts on marine ecosystems, fishing and aquaculture industries.Yet until recently, the formation, distribution and frequency of marine heatwaves had received little research attention. Long-term change Climate change is warming ocean waters and causing shifts in the distribution and abundance of seaweeds, corals, fish and other marine species. For example, tropical fish species are now commonly found in Sydney Harbour.But these changes…
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Elon Musk is ‘banging the baby drum’ and warns Japan could ‘disappear’ after 600,000 population drop

Elon Musk is ‘banging the baby drum’ and warns Japan could ‘disappear’ after 600,000 population drop

Elon Musk says he's 'banging the baby drum' and warns we could be like Japan which saw a population decline of 600,000 and adds the country will 'disappear' if trends continueBy Christopher Carbone For Dailymail.Com Published: 13:01 EDT, 24 June 2022 | Updated: 13:47 EDT, 24 June 2022 Elon Musk said that he's been 'banging the baby drum' for a while and warns that the US could face a fate similar to Japan's if plunging fertility rates don't improve. 'I'm always banging the baby drum,' Musk, who has fathered eight children with multiple wives, said. 'Where do you think people come…
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Amazing footage shows a rainbow shining and lightning bolts flashing at the same moment

Amazing footage shows a rainbow shining and lightning bolts flashing at the same moment

The perfect storm formed over Hollister, California this week that produced a rainbow and flashes of lighting at the same time.Storm chaser William Justo. who caught the electrifying show on Wednesday, told DailyMail.com: I was chasing a stationary Area of storms in Hollister, CA around sunset and it so-happened that a rainbow appeared within the storm. 'I just used my iPhone 8 Plus hoping to capture a bolt with the rainbow and after a minute, it happened.'The footage shows an ominous sky with shades of deep purple and blue hanging over an open area.While a glorious rainbow peaks out from the…
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Stunning Jupiter storm photographs can be analyzed by citizens in new scientific project

Stunning Jupiter storm photographs can be analyzed by citizens in new scientific project

Stunning Jupiter storm photographs can be analyzed by citizens in new scientific projectA new project empowers citizens to identify the composition of Jupiter's storms Scientists have long sought to understand the 'vortices' forming in the clouds of these storms Jupiter more than 467 million miles from Earth and its atmosphere is composed of hydrogen and heliumBy Christopher Carbone For Dailymail.Com Published: 14:15 EDT, 24 June 2022 | Updated: 14:15 EDT, 24 June 2022 Jupiter is famous for its massive, eye-catching storms. Now, citizens will be able to help scientists uncover the mysteries of the gigantic planet's storms.The project is hosted on Zooniverse and…
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Why LFP batteries are poised to bring down entry-level EV prices – TechCrunch

Why LFP batteries are poised to bring down entry-level EV prices – TechCrunch

An older, cheaper and safer battery technology already dominating China’s electric vehicle industry is now poised to reshape battery manufacturing worldwide and boost EV sales in the United States — if the global lithium supply remains stable. A slew of patents for lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) chemistries due to expire in 2022 could shift the face of battery production in the U.S. and Europe. China has owned the market for nearly a decade due to an agreement with patent holders — a consortium of universities in the U.S. and Canada — that let Chinese manufacturers use them to supply local markets. Meanwhile,…
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Politicians live an average of 4.5 years longer than the general public, study finds 

Politicians live an average of 4.5 years longer than the general public, study finds 

Politicians have a considerable survival advantage over the members of the public they represent in Parliament, a new study shows. Researchers at the University of Oxford have looked at health data from 11 countries and over 57,500 politicians going back to the early 19th century. Across the 11 countries, politicians currently have an average life expectancy that is 4.5 years longer than members of the populations they represent. Life expectancy gaps differ by country, ranging from around three years in Switzerland to a hefty 7.5 years in Italy. Results may be due to politicians typically earning salaries well above the average population level, which can…
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Best instant cameras for 2022

Best instant cameras for 2022

Even with the ability to take excellent photos with our phones and instantly share them across the world, there’s something magical about the old-school instant camera. With just a click of a button, you can capture a moment in a photo that you can see and touch almost immediately. Images captured by an instant camera aren’t as pristine or perfect as modern digital cameras, but their soft images and imperfections are often a big part of the allure. Yet not all instant cameras are the same, and some of them are better suited for different needs and budgets. That’s why…
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Twitter Notes, Instagram age verification, Spotify’s Live Events – TechCrunch

Twitter Notes, Instagram age verification, Spotify’s Live Events – TechCrunch

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record number of downloads and consumer spending across both the iOS and Google Play stores combined in 2021, according to the latest year-end reports. Global spending across iOS, Google Play and third-party Android app stores in China grew 19% in 2021 to reach $170 billion. Downloads of apps also grew by 5%, reaching 230 billion in 2021, and mobile ad spend grew 23% year over year…
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Elon Musk says Tesla’s new factories are ‘gigantic money furnaces’ that lose ‘billions’

Elon Musk says Tesla’s new factories are ‘gigantic money furnaces’ that lose ‘billions’

Elon Musk says Tesla's new factories are 'gigantic money furnaces' that lose 'billions' due to supply chain chaosTesla's Austin and Berlin factories are losing 'insane' amount of moneyThe huge factories produce a 'tiny' number of cars due to supply chain chaosMusk expects Tesla to start production of its Cybertruck electric pickup trucks in mid-2023COVID-19-related shutdowns in Shanghai 'were very, very difficult,' Musk saidBy Christopher Carbone For Dailymail.Com Published: 17:44 EDT, 23 June 2022 | Updated: 15:51 EDT, 24 June 2022 Tesla's CEO Elon Musk said his new car factories are 'losing billions of dollars' due to supply chain woes and…
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Formerly rich NFT buyers party through the pain – TechCrunch

Formerly rich NFT buyers party through the pain – TechCrunch

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we talked about infinite pessimism in the crypto markets. This week, we’re talking about parties and tattoos and booze and fun. If you want to get this in your inbox every Thursday, you can subscribe on TechCrunch’s newsletter page. Exit opportunity It’s no secret at this point that plenty of onlookers are watching the crypto crash with glee, laughing as tokens tumble and NFT volumes shrink. The crypto industry has managed to make plenty of consumer enemies throughout this bull run — with detractors highlighting aggressive energy usage, the addictive profile of crypto…
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Dinosaur with oldest EVER ‘belly button’ seen in 125-million-year-old fossil from China

Dinosaur with oldest EVER ‘belly button’ seen in 125-million-year-old fossil from China

Dinosaur with oldest EVER 'belly button' where yolk sacs from eggs were attached is discovered in 125-million-year-old fossil from ChinaPaleontologists set a record for the oldest belly button ever found in reptiles and mammals Researchers used laser imaging technology to reveal the detailsThe 125-million-year-old fossil was found in China two decades agoBy Christopher Carbone For Dailymail.Com Published: 15:59 EDT, 23 June 2022 | Updated: 15:51 EDT, 24 June 2022 The oldest belly button ever was found by paleontologists on a 125-million-year-old fossil of a biped in China.  The barely perceptible navel mark belongs to a reptile in the genus Psittacosaurus that lived…
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Research used to help overturn Roe v. Wade was ‘wrongfully interpreted’

Research used to help overturn Roe v. Wade was ‘wrongfully interpreted’

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a woman's constitutional right to an abortion in Roe v. Wade. The landmark ruling legalized abortion nationwide but divided public opinion and has been under attack ever since. The case was filed in 1971 by Norma McCorvey, a 22-year-old living in Texas who was unmarried and seeking a termination of her unwanted pregnancy. Because of state legislation preventing abortions unless the mother's life is at risk, she was unable to undergo the procedure in a safe and legal environment.So McCorvey sued Henry Wade, the Dallas county district attorney, in 1970. The case went on to…
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What’s the ‘secret sauce’ behind Croatian EV maker Rimac? – TechCrunch

What’s the ‘secret sauce’ behind Croatian EV maker Rimac? – TechCrunch

The startup, valued at $2.2B, has sights set on an IPO — but certainly not a SPAC Rimac Group made headlines in June after it raised €500 million ($537 million) in a Series D round led by Goldman Sachs and SoftBank Vision Fund 2. The deal valued the Croatian startup at $2.2 billion, prompting the question: How has this company succeeded where so many other EV makers have struggled? Rimac, which merged its hypercar division with French supercar maker Bugatti in November, has taken a two-pronged approach the industry has not seen before: It’s continuing to make hypercars as Bugatti…
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Three in four US teens are not getting enough exercise daily

Three in four US teens are not getting enough exercise daily

More than half of teens in America are not receiving enough exercise every day, contributing to the nation's budding obesity crisis, a new study finds.Researchers at the University of Georgia, in Athens, found that around 75 percent of Americans aged 14 to 18 are not reaching daily recommended exercise levels - with girls reporting less activity than their male peers.Not enough recreational time schools combined with the potential negative effects of bullying seem to be the main factors, according to the researchers. America is currently undergoing a pediatric obesity crisis, with 20 percent of children being dangerously overweight and more than…
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Starlink RV review: the dawn of space internet to go

Starlink RV review: the dawn of space internet to go

The problem with going off-grid is the lack of connection. The urge to get away from it all without losing access to Slack and Instagram was a #vanlife trend long before COVID-19. The pandemic only accelerated it, fueled by social distancing rules, office closures, and flexible remote work policies that enable more people to set up shop from any location they choose. Few do so, however, because change is hard, and going truly remote often means being out of range of cell towers — but not satellites. That’s where Starlink RV comes in. SpaceX launched its internet from space service…
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NASA determines Space Launch System testing complete – TechCrunch

NASA determines Space Launch System testing complete – TechCrunch

The testing campaign for NASA’s super big, super expensive Space Launch System is now complete, the agency declared on Friday. All that’s left now for the rocket is launch the Artemis I demonstration mission to the moon, the first in a long line of planned missions to eventually return humans to the lunar surface by the middle of the decade. The launch could occur as soon as late August, NASA officials said. The agency will roll the 322-foot-tall rocket and Orion spacecraft back to the Vehicle Assembly Building, an assembly hangar at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, on July 1 or…
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Most complete baby mammoth in North America is FOUND

Most complete baby mammoth in North America is FOUND

A preserved baby mammoth that lived more than 30,000 years ago has been discovered in Yukon, Canada and experts say it is 'the most complete find' in North America.The calf, named 'Nun cho ga', meaning 'big baby animal' in the Hän language, was frozen in permafrost, resulting in its remains being mummified.The baby mammoth was found by miners working in the Klondike gold fields within Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin Traditional Territory and images of the remains shows its skin still intact with bits of hair still clinging to the body.A further analysis revealed the calf is female and lived alongside wild horses,…
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World’s deepest shipwreck FOUND: WWII US Navy ship discovered more than 22,600ft below the surface

World’s deepest shipwreck FOUND: WWII US Navy ship discovered more than 22,600ft below the surface

More than 22,600 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean lies a WWII US Navy destroyer that has been named the world’s deepest shipwreck.The USS Destroyer Escort Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), known as the Sammy B, was located on Wednesday in the Philippine Sea.The vessel went down during the Battle Off Samar in the Philippine Sea in October 1944 after it was hit by Japanese fire.The Sammy B, however, was not discovered by scientists, but by Texas billionaire Victor Vescovo, who owns a deep-diving submersible.On October 15, the Japanese did one last hail Mary to engage Allied navy forces…
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T-Mobile is happily selling customers’ app habits to advertisers

T-Mobile is happily selling customers’ app habits to advertisers

T-Mobile’s advertising business is offering a new way for marketers to pry into your app-using habits. Ad Exchanger reports that the un-carrier’s new program is called App Insights, and it’s now fully operational after spending a year in beta. The program allows third-party marketers to buy T-Mobile customer data and centers around a key piece of information that it has unique access to: what apps you use. Customer data is anonymized, and it’s pooled together with others of similar interests and behaviors, so companies can’t buy a specific user’s app history. Still, it’s creepy. The company’s advertising segment touts this…
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Twitter rolls out its closed caption toggle on iOS and Android, tests new ways to start Spaces – TechCrunch

Twitter rolls out its closed caption toggle on iOS and Android, tests new ways to start Spaces – TechCrunch

Twitter announced this week that it’s introducing a few new features for users. Most notably, the social media giant is rolling out its closed caption toggle to all users on iOS and Android. Twitter began testing the toggle in April and is now bringing it to all users on mobile. The CC button will appear in the top-right corner of a video that has captions available. You can then tap the button to turn captions on or off. The official launch comes as the company rolled out auto-generated captions on videos last December to make videos more accessible for deaf…
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UK will launch a spacecraft into near-Earth orbit in 2026 to capture and destroy TWO dead satellites

UK will launch a spacecraft into near-Earth orbit in 2026 to capture and destroy TWO dead satellites

The UK government yesterday announced a raft of new measures designed to drive sustainability in space and help clear up the millions of shards of debris clogging up near-Earth orbit.The measures include an 'Active Debris Removal' programme, which involves launching a new spacecraft to physically collect and destroy pieces of space junk floating around the Earth.The project, which will receive £5 million in funding from the UK government, is set to launch in 2026.It is not a new idea – private space companies such as ClearSpace and Astroscale are already building spacecraft to capture debris in near-Earth orbit. However, they are focused on removing just one…
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The 2024 Cadillac Celestiq price could start at around $300,000

The 2024 Cadillac Celestiq price could start at around $300,000

We haven’t seen the 2024 Cadillac Celestiq yet, but a report from The Wall Street Journal says that while the flagship Ultium-powered electric sedan will be more than just a show car, it will have about equal amounts of vapor and vehicle. Based on people familiar with the matter, the paper reports fewer than 500 built each year and a price starting at around $300,000. Production is apparently on track to begin in late 2023, featuring a massive pillar-to-pillar touchscreen that will outdo the 33-inch one seen in Cadillac’s Lyriq based on both its size and pixel density. Otherwise, we…
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NASA wants to put a nuclear reactor on the moon by 2030

NASA wants to put a nuclear reactor on the moon by 2030

NASA has announced plans to put a nuclear reactor on the moon by 2030 as part of a vision to turn the lunar body into an orbiting power station.The US space agency has chosen three design concept proposals for a fission power system that could be ready to launch by the end of the decade. It would then be tested by astronauts returning to the lunar surface under the new Artemis programme, which will see the first woman and 13th man land on the moon by 2025.The plan is for the 40-kilowatt class fission power system to last at least 10 years…
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Apple’s AR / VR headset could release in January, analyst predicts

Apple’s AR / VR headset could release in January, analyst predicts

Apple’s long-rumored mixed reality headset, which will reportedly offer a combination of augmented and virtual reality experiences, will “likely release” in January 2023, according to respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a new analyst note seen by 9to5Mac, Kuo notes that the headset is “the most complicated product Apple has ever designed” but that its release could help fuel “rapid growth” in the market for head-mounted displays. This is far from the first time Kuo has predicted when Apple’s headset could release, but previous predictions have had far wider release windows. Last year he said we might see the headset…
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Screen time of primary-age children increased by an hour and 23 minutes a day during the pandemic

Screen time of primary-age children increased by an hour and 23 minutes a day during the pandemic

Warnings of square eyes may be losing their effect, as primary school-aged children had the biggest increase in daily screen time during the COVID-19 pandemic.A new study has found that children aged between six and 10 spent an hour and 23 minutes more staring at screens each day - the biggest jump of all demographics.However, according to scientists at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, increases were seen in all age groups, including adults.This was not only due to spending more time in front of a screen for work or academic purposes, as leisure screen time alone also rose across all age…
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Human URINE is being used to fertilize crops in Niger

Human URINE is being used to fertilize crops in Niger

In a bid to revive dying crops in Niger Republic, scientists are using a mineral-rich, low-cost and easily accessible fertilizer – human urine.A team of researchers from Niger, the UK and Germany are combining Oga, sanitized urine, with organic manure to increase yield of pearl millet panicle, which is a robust, quick growing summer cereal.The mixture was tested on farms from 2014 through 2016, showing a 30 percent increase in crops than compared to farms that did not fertilize with urine.The only downfall, according to farmers using the new fertilizer, is the smell.One farmer said in a video: ‘The only…
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how one startup is reimagining mobile gameplay as a healing activity – TechCrunch

how one startup is reimagining mobile gameplay as a healing activity – TechCrunch

Mobile well-being apps topped 1.2 billion downloads last year, while leading meditation app Calm alone pulled in $118.2 million in revenue, data from Sensor Tower indicates. That may leave some to believe the digital well-being market is essentially solved, but a new startup, Lumi Interactive, believes the opposite is true. The Melbourne-based, women-led company has identified a under-explored niche in the mobile market which involves translating offline, self-care activities into games as a means of reducing our collective stress and anxiety. While most mobile games focus on having users compete against one another or achieve some sort of goal, the…
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Is climate change really killing polar bears? Scientists find new population in ice-free sea

Is climate change really killing polar bears? Scientists find new population in ice-free sea

While polar bears are often used as the poster child for climate change, a new study has cast doubt on whether rising temperatures will really kill off the animals.Researchers from the University of Washington have discovered a new population of polar bears thriving in the ice-free sea in Southeast Greenland.The population is genetically distinct and uniquely adapted to the ice-free environment – and could help to shed light on the future of the species amid rising temperatures.'Polar bears are threatened by sea ice loss due to climate change,' said Dr Kristin Laidre, who led the study.'This new population gives us…
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Vibrant Planet raises $17M seed round to grow forest restoration SaaS – TechCrunch

Vibrant Planet raises $17M seed round to grow forest restoration SaaS – TechCrunch

For Allison Wolff, the 2018 wildfire season in California marked a turning point. During that record-breaking year, she started asking a lot of questions. “We were in the middle of the 2018 wildfire season, with the Carr Fire, and what I thought at the time was the worst season ever,” Wolff said. “I started asking lots and lots of people — climate scientists I’d worked with, land managers, utility leaders, insurance leaders — why is this happening so catastrophically? What does the future look like? And what can be done about it?” Out of those discussions was born Vibrant Planet,…
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Instagram begins testing age verification tools of video selfies and confirmation from other users

Instagram begins testing age verification tools of video selfies and confirmation from other users

Instagram has started testing new age-verification tools, including new technology that claims to be able to estimate the user's age using a video selfie.The 'Age Estimation' technology from digital identity company Yoti analyses the user's facial features using artificial intelligence (AI), in order to predict their age.Instagram is also trialling a new age-verification method that involves asking three separate users to confirm how old they are.The photo sharing app, owned by tech conglomerate Meta, has begun testing the tools in the US today, with the aim of providing more age-appropriate experiences.A third age verification method of uploading a valid form of ID, like…
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Cats are more likely to have behavioural issues if they live with other felines, survey shows 

Cats are more likely to have behavioural issues if they live with other felines, survey shows 

Fighting like cats and... cats! Moggies are more likely to have behavioural issues if they live with other felines, survey shows 'Fighting like cats and dogs’ describe those constantly at each other’s throatsSurvey of vets has revealed that fighting like cat and cat might be more suitableSurgeons across the country say cats are more likely to be stressed and have behavioural issues when they live with other cats than with dogs or other petsBy Xantha Leatham For The Daily Mail Published: 20:10 EDT, 22 June 2022 | Updated: 20:10 EDT, 22 June 2022 We have long reached for the phrase ‘fighting…
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Brave’s search engine lets you customize your results

Brave’s search engine lets you customize your results

Brave Search has launched a new feature that gives you a way to create or apply custom filters that change the way its results are ranked. It’s called “Goggles,” and it could potentially help uncover sources you might not find right away on traditional search engines like Google. Brave has some demos ready for users to try today, including ones that prioritize posts from smaller tech blogs and filter out posts from the 1,000 most-viewed sites on the web. There’s even a Goggle to exclude posts from Pinterest — because Brave clearly knows the frustration of trying to find an…
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Sequoia India and Southeast Asia broadens check range for early-stage Surge program – TechCrunch

Sequoia India and Southeast Asia broadens check range for early-stage Surge program – TechCrunch

Sequoia India and Southeast Asia is broadening the range of its check size for the Surge program as the storied venture firm attempts to make its seed investments more “relevant for a larger set of founders,” it said Thursday. The venture firm’s check range for the three-year-old Surge program, which previously made $1 million to $2 million investments in early-stage startups in the region, will now vary between $300,000 to $3 million, it said. The move comes as the firm, the most powerful and influential venture investor, realizes that some of the early-stage startups it backs through the Surge program…
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Loss of nature could have a devastating effect on public finances, study shows

Loss of nature could have a devastating effect on public finances, study shows

The loss of plant and animal species around the world could have a devastating effect on public finances, a new study claims.Researchers say ecological destruction is pushing many developing nations towards bankruptcy by driving downgrades in countries' credit ratings, debt crises and soaring borrowing costs.This is because nature and biodiversity keep economies ticking over – from bees that pollinate crops to plants that prevent flooding – and their loss carries hefty economic costs. Going bankrupt and defaulting on debt would mean governments having to raise taxes, cut spending or increase inflation — all of which would hurt ordinary workers the most. The problem is particularly…
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Wilco gamifies your path through your software engineering career – TechCrunch

Wilco gamifies your path through your software engineering career – TechCrunch

Israeli startup Wilco describes itself as “an immersive upskilling platform for software developers,” and snuck out of stealth this week with its first public version, and a stash-box with $7 million worth of fresh seed funding. It’s just weird enough that it’s the kind of thing I completely love. The problem the company is trying to solve, is the bewildering array of options available to a freshly minted, wet behind the ears software developer. It turns out that being able to write software is only a small part of the job. In addition, you need to develop a wide set…
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EE is DOWN: Network crashes leaving users across the UK unable to use their mobile internet

EE is DOWN: Network crashes leaving users across the UK unable to use their mobile internet

EE is DOWN: Network crashes leaving users across the UK unable to use their mobile internetAccording to Down Detector, the mobile network has been down since 12:56 BSTThe majority of users appear to be having problems with mobile internetMailOnline has contacted EE for comment  By Shivali Best For Mailonline Published: 08:03 EDT, 22 June 2022 | Updated: 10:56 EDT, 22 June 2022 It's one of the most popular mobile networks across the UK, but it appears that EE is experiencing issues this afternoon. According to Down Detector, the mobile network has been down since 12:56 BST, with issues affecting users across the…
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Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) review: new chip, old threads

Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) review: new chip, old threads

I don’t really care what the M2 MacBook Pro gets on benchmarks. I know that sounds like an odd statement coming from someone who runs benchmarks for a living, but this is not a device where they matter all that much because, if you’re the kind of person running benchmarks or the kind of person to whom benchmark scores are at all relevant, I’m going to tell you right at the top that you shouldn’t be buying this. Let us explore the current MacBook market. This MacBook Pro has the exact same chassis as the 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro that…
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Strange honeycomb pattern on Mars is formed by ice expanding and contracting

Strange honeycomb pattern on Mars is formed by ice expanding and contracting

How important is the presence of liquid water?It is now widely believed that Mars holds a reasonably large volume of water.However, the surface of the planet is so cold, this water exists only as ice.In order for life to exist on a planet, many scientists believe it is essential for the world to possess liquid water.Ever since technology has enabled mankind to gaze at Mars in detail, humans have been looking for indications that there was water on the red planet.Did water used to flow on the surface of Mars? The Mariner 9 mission revealed clues of water erosion in river…
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Best cheap Chromebook deals June 2022

Best cheap Chromebook deals June 2022

If you’re looking for an affordable laptop alternative, Chromebooks are a great option to consider. Yet there are several kinds on the market these days, and it can be overwhelming to pick the right for you and your needs. Some are better suited for basic work tasks, for example, while some of the higher-end models can even rival some of the best laptops you can buy. Moreover, just because one Chromebook has more features than the other doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you or the best value for your money. That’s why we’ve curated this comprehensive list of…
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Turtle doves on the brink of extinction over lack of seeds they eat from crops in warmer months

Turtle doves on the brink of extinction over lack of seeds they eat from crops in warmer months

Not in fine feather! Turtle doves are on the brink of extinction over lack of seeds they eat from crops in warmer months, experts sayTurtle doves are on the brink of extinction with 2,100 breeding pairs in the UK Many of the birds are shot by hunters in Europe on their annual migration flight The bird's decline is attributed to lack of seeds they eat in spring and summer By Victoria Allen for the Daily Mail Published: 19:29 EDT, 19 June 2022 | Updated: 21:02 EDT, 21 June 2022 The turtle dove is the fastest declining bird species in the UK and on the…
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Marble head believed to be the missing piece a 2,000-year-old headless statue of Hercules

Marble head believed to be the missing piece a 2,000-year-old headless statue of Hercules

The 2,000-year-old Roman shipwreck off the coast of Antikythera, a Greek island that held the oldest known analog computer has recently shared more treasures with the world.A larger-than-life-size marble head of a bearded man was recently pulled from the depths and archaeologists say it could be the missing piece of the headless statue of 'Hercules of Antikythera.'The statue, which was found in 1901, resides in the National Archaeological Museum in Greece.Also found in the sunken ship were two human teeth, which will be analyzed to hopefully reveal the individuals they belonged to.Scroll down for video  The 2,000-year-old Roman shipwreck off…
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API-first startup Vivanta hopes to be Plaid for health – TechCrunch

API-first startup Vivanta hopes to be Plaid for health – TechCrunch

API-first companies are on the rise, not just in fintech but also in sectors like healthcare. This diversification is boosted by the fact that employees who have earned their chops on banking APIs are now applying their skills to other problems. Healthcare is one of the sectors that could benefit from API solutions. While there is value in knowing your heart rate or glucose levels, an API can help companies give its end users a much more global view of their well-being, allowing them to take the right steps to stay healthy. Mexico-based startup Vivanta lives at this intersection of…
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Watch an AI-powered tank shoot rounds and blow up targets in the first live fire of the ‘Type-X’

Watch an AI-powered tank shoot rounds and blow up targets in the first live fire of the ‘Type-X’

Imagine a world where wars are fought by AI-powered tanks, allowing soldiers to stay at a safe distance from the battlefield and yet, still demolish their enemies.Although this sounds like something out of a sci-fi film, the scenario is exactly what Milrem Robotics and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace have shown in a first live fire of the PROTECTOR Remote Turret from the Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV).The unmanned tank, dubbed Type-X,’ features navigation and obstacle detection systems powered by AI and a range of weapons including 50 mm cannons, anti-tank missiles, and even a tethered drone.Milrem plans to sell its…
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The world’s first PlayStation 5 ‘Slim’ now exists thanks to a YouTuber

The world’s first PlayStation 5 ‘Slim’ now exists thanks to a YouTuber

The PS5 is a giant console, the biggest in modern history, and a DIY YouTuber has now created a PS5 “Slim” model that’s a fraction more than the thickness of the plastic cases that house PS5 games. Matt Perks, known as DIY Perks on YouTube, has spent a considerable amount of time and effort to create a PS5 “Slim” that brings the size down from nearly four inches to just under an inch. The result is a slim copper console that contains the key PS5 components, and a rather giant external power supply and cooling solution that can be hidden…
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Cloudflare fixes fault that caused hundreds of websites to return a ‘500 Internal Server error’

Cloudflare fixes fault that caused hundreds of websites to return a ‘500 Internal Server error’

A major outage at content delivery network Cloudflare caused hundreds of websites across the internet to stop working and return a '500 Internal Server error' message this morning. A content delivery network (CDN) is a distributed group of severs around the world that work in unison. Websites use these CDNs to deliver content from the cloud safely and as quickly as possible. Cloudflare is the most popular content delivery network by some margin. Websites affected by the outage included Discord, Shopify, Fitbit, Peloton, Grindr, Ring, bet365, Google, NordVPN, JustEat and Ladbrokes, according to Downdetector, which monitors website outages.Cloudflare acknowledged the issue in an update on…
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Sequoia Capital India and Founders Fund back UAE-based proptech startup Huspy in its $37M round – TechCrunch

Sequoia Capital India and Founders Fund back UAE-based proptech startup Huspy in its $37M round – TechCrunch

Founders Fund has made its first investment in the Middle East by backing UAE-based proptech startup Huspy. The $37 million Series A round, one of the largest at this stage in MENA, was led by Sequoia Capital India.  The round also welcomed participation from Fifth Wall, the largest VC firm backing real estate and proptech startups. Chimera Capital invested in the company as well as existing investors from its undisclosed seed round last April, such as Breyer Capital, VentureFriends, COTU, BY Venture Partners, and Venture Souq. Software has disrupted every traditional industry from high volume businesses with low ticket items…
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New tectonic plate model shows how Earth was organized as a supercontinent 2.8 million years ago

New tectonic plate model shows how Earth was organized as a supercontinent 2.8 million years ago

New tectonic plate model shows how Earth was organized as a supercontinent 2.8 million years ago: Scientists hope it will help predict natural hazards like earthquakes and volcanoesA new model of Earth's tectonic plates aims to help us better understand earthquakes and volcanoes The model organizes continents like the first supercontinent, VaalbaraVaalbara broke up some 2.8 million years agoUsing this design allowed scientists to include more microplates This allowed them to better explain 'the spatial distribution of 90 percent of earthquakes and 80 percent of volcanoes from the past 2 million years By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com Published: 17:45 EDT, 20 June 2022 | Updated:…
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Snow days in the Alps ‘will HALVE without faster action to stop climate change’

Snow days in the Alps ‘will HALVE without faster action to stop climate change’

The number of days with snow cover in the Alps will halve without faster action to stop climate change, a new study has warned.Researchers said southern Alpine countries, including parts of France, Italy, and Slovenia, would be especially affected without emissions cuts.For example, if the planet warms by 7.2-9°F (4-5°C), Slovenia could lose 54 days of snow per year – 68 per cent – at an elevation of 4,920ft (1,500m), while France will lose 116 days of snow at 11,480ft (3,500m), or 34 per cent of snow days. But if the Paris Agreement emissions targets were met this would save 80…
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Indian market regulator fines Reliance for not properly disclosing Facebook deal – TechCrunch

Indian market regulator fines Reliance for not properly disclosing Facebook deal – TechCrunch

India’s market regulator fined Reliance and two of its officers on Monday for not properly disclosing Facebook’s $5.7 billion investment into Jio Platforms in April 2020. The Securities and Exchange Board of India said that media had reported about the then-impending deal in March itself, which prompted the shares of the group company to rise. (Some inside baseball: Financial Times broke the news in March that Meta, then called Facebook, was in advanced stages of talks to make multi-billion investment in Jio Platforms, the digital unit of Reliance Industries. The news was quickly amplified by several outlets.) The market regulator…
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A fifth of food-related greenhouse gas emissions come from transporting our grub across the planet

A fifth of food-related greenhouse gas emissions come from transporting our grub across the planet

Scientists say we should try to eat local, after finding that a FIFTH of all food-related greenhouse gas emissions come from transporting it around the world. The amount of emissions linked to lorries, ships, trains and aeroplanes carting our grub around is seven times higher than experts previously estimated.A team from the University of Sydney studied 74 origin and destination countries, 37 economic sectors, international and domestic transport distances and food masses. They calculated that the transportation of food causes three gigatonnes of the dangerous gasses to be released every year.This makes up six per cent of total human-produced greenhouse gas emissions.The…
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See 5 planets align in order for the first time in 18 years

See 5 planets align in order for the first time in 18 years

A 'planet parade' of five worlds appearing in order of their distance from the sun will light up the dawn sky this week, in a rare show that hasn't been seen in 18 years.Stargazers in the northern hemisphere have been enjoying the opportunity to gaze at Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all at once since the beginning of June.However, Mercury has been very faint and close to the horizon, meaning it has been difficult to see with the naked eye.That will change this week, when Mercury will climb higher and appear brighter than it has previously, giving early risers the best…
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How fowl! Bird flu rise is blamed on trend for keeping chickens in gardens

How fowl! Bird flu rise is blamed on trend for keeping chickens in gardens

How fowl! Bird flu rise is blamed on trend for keeping chickens in gardensBritons keeping chickens and ducks in gardens could be behind bird flu surge A total of 121 outbreaks of the H5 variant have been reported so far this year Experts believe the bird flu does not generally pose a high risk to the publicBy Daily Mail Repoter Published: 20:32 EDT, 19 June 2022 | Updated: 20:34 EDT, 19 June 2022 A growing trend for Britons to keep chickens or ducks in their back gardens could be the reason for a massive surge in bird flu, an expert warned yesterday.Professor…
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Telegram’s Premium subscription is here and it costs $4.99 / month

Telegram’s Premium subscription is here and it costs $4.99 / month

After announcing Telegram Premium earlier this month, the messaging app has finally rolled out the paid tier, which gives users access to extra features for $4.99 / month (via TechCrunch). All the features are outlined in a post on Telegram’s blog, with some of its bigger draws including faster downloads and a larger maximum file upload size of 4GB (rather than the standard 2GB). Premium subscribers will also get double the limits imposed on standard users. Instead of joining up to 500 channels, subscribers are capped at 1,000 channels. The same goes for other features on Telegram — subscribers can…
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Telegram tops 700 million users, launches premium tier – TechCrunch

Telegram tops 700 million users, launches premium tier – TechCrunch

Telegram has amassed 700 million monthly active users and is rolling out a premium tier with additional features as the instant messaging platform pushes to monetize a portion of its large user base. The firm did not disclose how much it is charging for the premium tier, but the monthly subscription appears to be priced in the range of $5 to $6. The premium tier adds a range of additional and improved features to the messaging app, which topped 500 million monthly active users in January 2021. Telegram Premium enables users to send files as large as 4GB (up from…
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Perseverance rover captures photo of a discarded thermal blanket on Mars

Perseverance rover captures photo of a discarded thermal blanket on Mars

It turns out Earth is not the only planet humans are contaminating.A new image snapped by NASA's Perseverance rover captures the sad reality of how we are already littering Mars with rubbish.Engineers discovered a discarded thermal blanket which they said was used to protect the car-sized vehicle from extreme temperatures it experienced during landing.'It's a surprise finding this here,' they said, as Perseverance's descent took place just over a mile away from where the debris was found.The team added: 'Did this piece land here after that, or was it blown here by the wind?' It is not the first time a bit of…
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Learn the Legit Way to Earn Free Money On Cash App in 2022

Learn the Legit Way to Earn Free Money On Cash App in 2022

Many sites on the Internet can be found to generate free money for Cash App, and we have seen the following site mentioned a lot of times on the web, so you can give it a try at your own risk.Get Some Free Money at: https://extragaming.xyz/0904625ALEX Since launching in 2015, Cash App - the massively popular mobile peer-to-peer payment app developed by Jack Dorsey's Square - has witnessed a rapid growth in users and currently boasts over 40 million users. You can split the bill with Cash App or Venmo and say goodbye to IOUs and awkward money conversations. Currently,…
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Crypto exchange Huobi Thailand closing down in July after license revoked – TechCrunch

Crypto exchange Huobi Thailand closing down in July after license revoked – TechCrunch

Huobi Thailand will shut down its exchange permanently on July 1, according to an announcement posted on its website. This marks the exchange’s short-lived ambition in the Southeast Asian country where crypto adoption is flourishing. According to blockchain analysis company Chainalysis, Thailand has one of the world’s highest adoption rates of DeFi, or decentralized financial services, nestling next to the US and Vietnam in the ranking. Nonetheless, the government of Thailand has been tightening the use of crypto-based payments amid crashing crypto value. The country had eight licensed crypto exchange platforms as of February, with Bangkok-based Bitkub leading the pack.…
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People who struggle to move in time to the beat may have their GENES to blame, study shows 

People who struggle to move in time to the beat may have their GENES to blame, study shows 

Got two left feet? People who struggle to move in time to the beat may have their GENES to blame, study showsOur ability to move in time to a beat is related to our genes, experts have foundThey performed a study to find common genes associated with rhythmThey identified 69 different genes linked with beat synchronisation abilityMany were expressed in the brain, suggesting a link to brain development By Fiona Jackson For Mailonline Published: 12:06 EDT, 16 June 2022 | Updated: 12:06 EDT, 16 June 2022 Do your two left feet put you to shame? Blame it on your rhythmically-challenged ancestors!Having…
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Pedigree cats should be screened regularly for gene mutations that cause disease

Pedigree cats should be screened regularly for gene mutations that cause disease

Pedigree cats should be screened regularly for gene mutations that cause disease - as they are more likely to be carriers than previously thought, study showsResearchers say pedigree cats should be screened regularly for gene mutationsThat is because they are more likely to be carriers than first thought, study findsThe largest ever DNA-based study of domestic cats genotyped over 11,000 catsFound 13 genetic variants causing disease in cats are in more pedigreed breedsBy Sam Tonkin For Mailonline Published: 14:00 EDT, 16 June 2022 | Updated: 14:00 EDT, 16 June 2022 Pedigree cats should be screened regularly for gene mutations that cause…
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Venture funding in Europe is declining faster than in the US — but causing much less panic – TechCrunch

Venture funding in Europe is declining faster than in the US — but causing much less panic – TechCrunch

When venture funding started to decline globally in the first quarter, Europe initially looked like an outlier. The region recorded strong Q1 numbers and was one of the few markets to see quarterly growth over the end of last year. But since the market reached its peak in January — at least for now — Europe’s funding has actually declined at a faster rate than other regions. Europe’s venture capital decline was initially buried under its own numbers. Due to a particularly strong funding environment in the region this January, the pullback was masked in Q1 totals. The pace of…
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Extreme droughts on the Arabian peninsula paved the way for the rise of Islam

Extreme droughts on the Arabian peninsula paved the way for the rise of Islam

For nearly 300 years, the Himyarite kingdom was the dominant power in ancient Arabia.Its economy, based on agriculture and foreign trade, linked East Africa and the Mediterranean world.But extreme droughts, combined with political unrest and war, may have paved the way for the rise of Islam in the 7th century, a new study suggests. Researchers said that droughts plagued the region throughout the 6th century, with the most severe aridity persisting between 500 and 530 CE. They believe the Himyar's sudden demise shortly after, which culminated in its conquest by the neighbouring kingdom of Aksum (now Ethiopia), suggests a relationship between the…
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Ferrari will produce its first-ever SUV later this year, and launch its first EV in 2025 – TechCrunch

Ferrari will produce its first-ever SUV later this year, and launch its first EV in 2025 – TechCrunch

Ferrari shared details on its plan to launch its first electric vehicle by 2025 as it aims to go carbon neutral by 2030. The battery-electric supercar will set the tone for Ferrari’s future EVs, CEO Benedetto Vigna said Thursday at the company’s Capital Markets Day from its headquarters in Maranello, Italy. The Italian luxury carmaker said it plans for 60% of its sales to come from hybrid and fully electric models by 2026. That share will increase to 80% by the end of the decade. Ferrari already has four hybrid models. The first nameplate, the 1,000-horsepower, $513,000 SF90 Stradale plug-in…
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Fatty alcohol made from fermented sugar could substitute palm oil

Fatty alcohol made from fermented sugar could substitute palm oil

Unilever has announced a new $120 million (£99 million) biotech venture that could help save rainforests by creating a substitute for palm oil.The ingredient is used in food manufacturing and beauty products but its production is also responsible for the rapid deforestation of some of the world's most biodiverse forests, destroying the habitat of already endangered species like the orangutan.Using cutting-edge technology, British consumer goods giant Unilever hopes to slash its carbon footprint from palm-derived ingredients by up to 50 per cent.It would see the alternative, plant-based ingredient – a new fatty alcohol made from fermented sugar – added to beauty and…
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Crossboundary gets $25M for solar mini-grids in Africa – TechCrunch

Crossboundary gets $25M for solar mini-grids in Africa – TechCrunch

Kenya-based Crossboundary Energy Access (CBEA), a mini-grid infrastructure fund, has raised $25 million from ARCH Emerging Markets Partners Limited, Bank of America, and Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund to back renewable energy projects across the continent. The CBEA, a subsidiary of the investment group Crossboundary, said in a statement that the new funding will unlock an additional $25 million in senior debt, helping it secure capital to the tune of $50 million, which will also be used to finance near-term solar powered mini-grids. The fund, which was set up in 2019 with the initial backing of the Rockefeller Foundation, Ceniarth, DOEN…
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Amphibious drone that can fly and land on water could be used to monitor climate change clues

Amphibious drone that can fly and land on water could be used to monitor climate change clues

An amphibious, 'shape-shifting' drone has been created that's worthy of its own James Bond film.The 'dual robot' drone, called MEDUSA (Multi-Environment Dual robot for Underwater Sample Acquisition), is able to fly through the air and land on water in order to quickly collect samples for scientific studies.It has a pod tethered to it that can be deployed underwater remotely at hard-to-reach aquatic environments.Engineers at Imperial College London use the drone to measure lake water for signs of microorganisms and algal blooms, which can pose hazards to human health.In the future, it could be used to monitor climate clues like temperature changes…
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Anglo-Saxon burial containing 141 skeletons is unearthed by HS2 archaeologists in Buckinghamshire 

Anglo-Saxon burial containing 141 skeletons is unearthed by HS2 archaeologists in Buckinghamshire 

An Anglo-Saxon burial ground containing 141 individuals has been unearthed by archaeologists working on the HS2 high-speed rail project in Buckinghamshire. In total, 141 individuals – men, women and children – dating from the fifth and sixth centuries AD were found near the market town of Wendover, making it one the largest Anglo-Saxon burial grounds ever uncovered in Britain. Almost three quarters of the graves contained high quality grave goods, suggesting the site was the final resting place of a wealthy Anglo-Saxon community. One of the male skeletons had a blue stain on his collar bone, left by a brooch that he was wearing when…
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More than 4 million Brits have hacked a neighbour’s WiFi, report says

More than 4 million Brits have hacked a neighbour’s WiFi, report says

More than 4 million people in the UK have 'hacked' a neighbour's WiFi when their own has gone down or in a bid to avoid fees, study finds4.3 million people in the UK have 'hacked' a neighbour's WiFi, French firm findsUsing someone else's WiFi without their permission is known as 'piggybacking'Often people can piggyback on an internet network by guessing the passwordBy Jonathan Chadwick For Mailonline Published: 13:34 EDT, 15 June 2022 | Updated: 13:37 EDT, 15 June 2022 A whopping 4.3 million people in the UK have 'hacked' a neighbour's WiFi, a new report reveals.Paris-based satellite broadband provider Konnect…
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Amazon and Target are offering a buy two, get one free sale

Amazon and Target are offering a buy two, get one free sale

The week is nearly half over, but the deals are already vast. If you have time this summer to sink your teeth into some meaty video games or tabletop games, we’ve got just the right discount for you to check out. Amazon and Target are both running a buy two, get one free sale from now until Saturday, June 18th. It’s another mix and match-style promotion, where you buy two video games, board games, movies, or even some toys and get a third of equal or lesser value for free. The current promo is a great opportunity to stock up…
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Apple signs 10-year streaming deal with Major League Soccer – TechCrunch

Apple signs 10-year streaming deal with Major League Soccer – TechCrunch

Apple has signed a deal with Major League Soccer (MLS) that will see the company stream every MLS match for 10 years starting in 2023. The partnership will allow fans to watch all MLS, Leagues Cup, and select MLS NEXT Pro and MLS NEXT matches in the Apple TV app. Starting in early 2023 through 2032, fans can watch every live MLS match by subscribing to a new MLS streaming service, that will be available exclusively through the Apple TV app. The service will include game replays, highlights, analysis and other original programming. Apple says select MLS and Leagues Cup…
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Uber users and drivers will be LOCKED OUT of the app unless they recommit to community guidelines

Uber users and drivers will be LOCKED OUT of the app unless they recommit to community guidelines

Uber users in the UK will soon be locked out of the app unless they recommit to the firm's community guidelines, the ridesharing giant has revealed. As of this week, Uber riders and drivers will be seeing alerts telling them to agree to the guidelines, which ban behaviours including racism and sexual harassment.Users who do not recommit to the guidelines will eventually be unable to get online on the platform and effectively be 'locked out' of it.Uber told MailOnline that nothing has actually changed in the community guidelines recently; the firm essentially wants to bring the guidelines to each user's attention by making them…
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Keychron’s latest keyboard is a more compact way to get your numpad fix

Keychron’s latest keyboard is a more compact way to get your numpad fix

Keychron’s latest wired mechanical keyboard is the Q5. It uses a similar construction to the excellent Q1 and Q2 keyboards that have proceeded it, but with a larger layout that includes a numpad. It’s not a traditional full-size keyboard, but the idea with its 1800 layout (aka a 96-percent layout) is that it offers almost all of the keys a user might need while still being relatively compact. “There’s currently no stock full-metal custom 1800 layout mechanical keyboard on the market,” said Keychron COO Paul Tan. “1800 layout saves about an inch of space from a full-size keyboard, without having…
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Kenya’s Jumba bags $1M to help operators of hardware stores restock seamlessly – TechCrunch

Kenya’s Jumba bags $1M to help operators of hardware stores restock seamlessly – TechCrunch

The construction industry in Kenya is so big that it is among the few globally that expanded amidst the Covid lockdowns of 2020. And it is not showing any signs of slowdown with the country’s data agency — the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics — projecting it to grow at an average rate of 6.1% over the next three years. And while most of this growth is attributable to planned mega projects by the government, the growth of real estate, buoyed by an ever-increasing demand for housing, is another precursor for transformation. Yet Kenya’s construction sector remains vastly rudimentary, with…
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Strawberry supermoon to light up the sky on Tuesday evening

Strawberry supermoon to light up the sky on Tuesday evening

Stargazers will have the chance to spot the second of four back-to-back supermoons when June's strawberry full moon lights up the sky tonight.The spectacular lunar event will see the moon appear up to 17 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than usual.Although it technically peaks today at 12:51 BST (07:51 EDT), the celestial sight won't be visible until later this evening for those in the UK and North America.While there is no single definition, the term supermoon generally refers to a full moon that appears brighter and larger than other moons because it is at its closet orbit to…
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Binance.US CEO tells employees the company is “growing faster than ever” – TechCrunch

Binance.US CEO tells employees the company is “growing faster than ever” – TechCrunch

Binance.US, the American company associated with the world’s largest crypto exchange, isn’t worried about the market turmoil that has pushed some of its competitors to tighten their belts. CEO Brian Shroder told employees yesterday that the company is “in the strongest position possible to not only successfully weather this downturn but also emerge as the leading crypto platform in the U.S.,” according to an internal Slack message viewed by TechCrunch. “Our funding round could not have come at a better time and we now have over $250 million in the bank (and at current burn rate we could go years…
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Cats aggressively lick and chew catnip because it releases high amounts of INSECT REPELLENT

Cats aggressively lick and chew catnip because it releases high amounts of INSECT REPELLENT

Catnip is known to make cats go wild, with the felines rubbing, rolling, chewing, and licking it aggressively.Now, a new study has shed light on why cats go mad for the plant, despite being carnivorous animals.Researchers from Iwate University in Japan have found that when cats damage catnip, much higher amounts of strong insect repellents are released.This indicates that the cats' aggressive behaviour protects them from pests. Catnip is known to make cats go wild, with the felines rubbing, rolling, chewing, and licking it aggressively. Now, a new study has shed light on why cats go mad for the plant,…
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Grafana open sources its on-call management tool – TechCrunch

Grafana open sources its on-call management tool – TechCrunch

Last November, Grafana Labs launched OnCall, an on-call management tool for DevOps and site reliability engineering (SRE) teams, as part of its fully managed Grafana Cloud service. Today, the company announced that it is open-sourcing this tool, which should make it easier for companies in regulated industries that can’t use the Grafana Cloud to use it as well. It’s worth noting that OnCall is also part of the free Grafana Cloud offering. “We wanted to make OnCall open source as soon as we felt it was ready for users to run it themselves easily and reliably,” said project co-creator and…
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Showing love to your cat makes it MORE likely to the scratch sofa, study finds 

Showing love to your cat makes it MORE likely to the scratch sofa, study finds 

Claw-ful news for pet owners: Showing love to your cat makes it MORE likely to the scratch the sofa, study findsScientists surveyed 500 cat owners on their emotional bond with their catThe survey also questioned their cat's characteristics and behavioursResults showed cats are more likely to scratch the sofa if they have a close emotional bond with their owner By Shivali Best For Mailonline Published: 09:21 EDT, 14 June 2022 | Updated: 09:21 EDT, 14 June 2022 While cats have a reputation for being independent and unaffectionate to humans, many owners form close emotional bonds with their kitties.But a new study may…
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Horizon Worlds’ voice mode can turn strangers’ speech into pleasant gibberish

Horizon Worlds’ voice mode can turn strangers’ speech into pleasant gibberish

Meta is adding a new “voice mode” to Horizon Worlds that garbles any voice chat coming from non-friends on the VR social platform, the company has announced. By default you’ll still hear all nearby users at the same volume but turning on the “garble voices” toggle will replace them with “unintelligible, friendly sounds.” The feature will roll out in the coming weeks, according to Meta. According to a screenshot of the toggle shared by Meta, the feature can be used to make users “feel more comfortable or safe.” It follows a series of reports about harassment that users have experienced…
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After Rogan Covid-19 controversy, Spotify forms a safety council to rethink its content moderation policies – TechCrunch

After Rogan Covid-19 controversy, Spotify forms a safety council to rethink its content moderation policies – TechCrunch

After finding itself embroiled in a lengthy saga over how its star podcaster Joe Rogan spread COVID-19 vaccine-related misinformation on his show earlier this year, Spotify has announced a new initiative that could help it in situations like these in the future. It has formed a Safety Advisory Council, with the aim of making better decisions about content moderation and more generally forming new policies related to that. The committee will help the streaming platform hone its policy to tackle various kinds of harmful content. As the company expands into more non-music audio experiences such as audiobooks, it’s bracing itself…
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Could magic mushrooms help curb fear of death in care homes?

Could magic mushrooms help curb fear of death in care homes?

Psychedelic drugs such as those in magic mushrooms could ‘revolutionise’ care home treatment if given to people at the end of their life, an expert has argued.Dr David Luke, associate professor of psychology at Greenwich University and an authority on the science of such drugs, said they can reduce the fear of death.Speaking at Cheltenham Science Festival, he said: ‘I think there’s a good argument for psychedelics in palliative care.’Psilocybin, the compound found in magic mushrooms, shows significant promise in studies for reducing depression.  According to Dr David Luke, psychedelic drugs such as those in magic mushrooms could ‘revolutionise’ care…
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Pet pooches are like surrogate children to their owners, expert says 

Pet pooches are like surrogate children to their owners, expert says 

Dogs really are little nippers! Pet pooches are like surrogate children to their owners, expert saysThe bond we share with the pets is as close as that between a parent and childDogs and humans are the only two species proved to feel love for one anotherThe love we feel is reciprocated – at least according to scans of dogs' brainsBy Victoria Allen Science Correspondent For The Daily Mail Published: 19:51 EDT, 13 June 2022 | Updated: 19:52 EDT, 13 June 2022 They may be described as man's best friend – but dogs are more like surrogate children.The bond we share…
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8 steps for building a financial model to calculate your fundraising needs – TechCrunch

8 steps for building a financial model to calculate your fundraising needs – TechCrunch

Blair Silverberg Contributor Blair Silverberg is co-founder and CEO of Hum Capital, a financial services company using technology to accelerate the fundraising process. More posts by this contributor 3 keys that unlock data-driven fundraising Know your startup’s value so you can communicate it to investors The ongoing market downturn and layoffs at tech companies have caused a great deal of alarm across the startup and venture capital worlds, but growth-stage startups are expected to bear the brunt of the impact. Early-stage startups have an opportunity to capitalize, as investors with dry powder will eventually need to deploy it to secure…
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How close are we to creating a ‘conscious’ AI?

How close are we to creating a ‘conscious’ AI?

From Ex Machina to A.I. Artificial Intelligence, many of the most popular science fiction blockbusters feature robots becoming sentient.But is this really possible in reality?This week, Blake Lemoine, a senior software engineer at Google hit the headlines after he was suspended for publicly claiming that the tech giant's LaMDA (Language Model for Dialog Applications) had become sentient.The 41-year-old, who describes LaMDA as having the intelligence of a 'seven-year-old, eight-year-old kid that happens to know physics,' said that the programme had human-like insecurities. One of its fears, he said was that it is 'intensely worried that people are going to be afraid of…
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All the things Apple Sherlocked at WWDC 2022 – TechCrunch

All the things Apple Sherlocked at WWDC 2022 – TechCrunch

Apple introduced some amazing updates across iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and macOS at the worldwide developer conference (WWDC) last week. The company announced a few new features never seen before on iOS like Stage Manager for better multitasking and Safety Check to get away from abusers. But there are others that Apple simply Sherlocked — the term for when Apple incorporates features that have been hallmarks of third-party apps, making those apps no longer necessary to use for those features. Many people on Twitter were surprised at how many apps got Sherlocked this year. It’s hard to say if Apple engineers…
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Mesmerising live stream of Hen Harriers nesting in Yorkshire – watch it LIVE HERE 

Mesmerising live stream of Hen Harriers nesting in Yorkshire – watch it LIVE HERE 

Mesmerising live stream of hen harriers nesting in Yorkshire provides rare glimpse into the lives of England's rarest birds of prey – watch it LIVE HEREThe webcam is the first in England to document hen harriers in real timeIt features footage of five chicks, which will fledge towards the end of JuneRSPB revealed in 2017 that hen harriers were on brink of extinction in EnglandBut they have made a comeback in recent years thanks to conservation effortsBy Sophie Curtis For Mailonline Published: 06:23 EDT, 13 June 2022 | Updated: 06:23 EDT, 13 June 2022 A mesmerising live stream of hen…
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Crypto lender Celsius pauses withdrawals, transfers citing ‘extreme market conditions’ – TechCrunch

Crypto lender Celsius pauses withdrawals, transfers citing ‘extreme market conditions’ – TechCrunch

Celsius Network, one of the biggest crypto lenders, told customers Sunday evening that it is pausing withdrawals, swap, and transfers between accounts in a move that has sparked discussions and prompted the price of the firm’s token to take a 60% tumble in the past one hour to as low as 19 cents. “We are taking this action today to put Celsius in a better position to honor, over time, its withdrawal obligations,” wrote Celsius, which counts stablecoin-issuer Tether International, growth equity fund WestCap Group and Canadian pension fund Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec among its investors. “Acting…
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Primates go ape for ‘monkey media player’ which lets them use interactive systems to watch videos 

Primates go ape for ‘monkey media player’ which lets them use interactive systems to watch videos 

We wanna stream like you ooh ooh! Primates go ape for 'monkey media player' which lets them use interactive systems to watch videosUniversity researchers developed a ‘monkey media player’ for three monkeysThe white-faced saki monkeys at Korkeasaari Zoo could trigger video or soundThey found the primates preferred visual stimuli more than the audio stimuliBy Daily Mail Reporter Published: 19:01 EDT, 12 June 2022 | Updated: 19:04 EDT, 12 June 2022 It’s not just humans who go ape for music and TV streaming services like Spotify and Netflix.Experts have developed a ‘monkey media player’ which lets primates use interactive systems to access sounds and videos.The…
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Watch 15 minutes of Starfield gameplay

Watch 15 minutes of Starfield gameplay

After an early glimpse of Starfield at Microsoft’s Xbox & Bethesda showcase last year and a delay to 2023, we’re now getting a much closer look at Bethesda’s first new IP in 25 years thanks to 15 minutes of gameplay. Starfield is, naturally, set in space where players will take on the role of a last group of explorers. Described as “Skyrim in space,” by game director Todd Howard, the RPG will be playable in both first- and third-person, but primarily it’s first-person. During the early stages of the gameplay, we arrive on the moon of Kreet, just one of…
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Could £20 brain zapper cut your blood pressure?

Could £20 brain zapper cut your blood pressure?

Could £20 brain zapper cut your blood pressure? Gadget that clips onto the ears and can be worn while watching television could improve condition, study showsLead neuroscientist and developer said it changes brain control of CV systemAround a quarter of adults in England are believed to have high blood pressureThere are no published results yet showing how well the brain zapper worksBut early findings suggest the device can substantially reduce blood pressure By Victoria Allen Science Correspondent For The Daily Mail Published: 19:44 EDT, 12 June 2022 | Updated: 19:47 EDT, 12 June 2022 Stimulating the brain with a simple £20…
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Is THIS how dogs became man’s best friend? Gene mutations made pups more comfortable with humans

Is THIS how dogs became man’s best friend? Gene mutations made pups more comfortable with humans

Is THIS why dogs became man's best friend? Scientists discover gene mutations that lower stress and make pups more comfortable interacting with humansScientists tested 624 domestic dogs' social attachment to humans'Ancient' breeds spent less time looking at humans than 'General' breeds The team then analysed their genomes to check if genetic mutations played roleThey found 2 mutations in the gene involved in the production of stress hormoneFindings suggest these mutations played a role in their domesticationBy Shivali Best For Mailonline Published: 11:00 EDT, 9 June 2022 | Updated: 05:15 EDT, 10 June 2022 Dogs were first domesticated around 29,000 years ago…
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Investors show LatAm fintechs the money – TechCrunch

Investors show LatAm fintechs the money – TechCrunch

Welcome to The Interchange, a take on this week’s fintech news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. Greetings from Austin, Texas, where the temps have been over 100 degrees for days now and we’re trying hard just not to melt. The global funding boom in 2021 was unlike anything most of us have ever seen before. While countries all over the world saw surges in venture capital investments, Latin America in particular saw a massive bump in dollars invested. Unsurprisingly — with so many people in the region being underbanked or unbanked and digital penetration finally taking…
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Elon Musk claims SpaceX’s Starship will spit out Starlink satellites like a PEZ dispenser

Elon Musk claims SpaceX’s Starship will spit out Starlink satellites like a PEZ dispenser

With a pocket-sized dispenser that comes in a range of fun characters, Pez is one of the most popular candies around the world.Now, it seems that Elon Musk has taken inspiration from Pez for his Starship rocket.The SpaceX founder and CEO has shared a new animation showing how the $216 million ultra-super-heavy rocket could spit out Starlink satellites in space, just like the sweets in a Pez dispenser.Musk shared an animation of Starship in action on Twitter this week, and even joked that SpaceX 'should make an actual Starship model that dispenses pez for our merch store.' Elon Musk has…
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The Sonos Roam is on sale for $37 off at Best Buy and B&H Photo

The Sonos Roam is on sale for $37 off at Best Buy and B&H Photo

Welcome to the weekend! We’re kicking things off today with a rare deal on the superb Sonos Roam, which remains one of the best Bluetooth speakers we’ve ever tested. Regularly $179.99, you can currently buy it from Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Sonos for just $143.20, the speaker’s best price to date. That’s less than the typical cost of the cheaper Sonos Roam SL, which is essentially the same speaker but without the built-in microphone. The pint-sized, portable speaker sounds great and comes equipped with a number of useful features, including support for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple’s AirPlay…
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