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Sanlo Raises $3.5M

  Having a great idea for an app or game is one thing, but scaling it to become a successful business is quite another. A new fintech startup called Sanlo aims to help. The company, which is today announcing an oversubscribed $3.5 million seed round, offers small to medium-sized game …

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Old Liana Fossil

Paleontologists have discovered what they say is the oldest macrofossil evidence of Paullinieae, a diverse group of tropical and subtropical climbing plants that belong to the soapberry family Sapindaceae. Transverse section of Ampelorhiza heteroxylon. Image credit: Jud et al., doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0248369. Paullinieae are tropical and subtropical woody vines, herbaceous climbers, …

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Ceratopsid Dinosaur

A new genus and species of horned (ceratopsid) dinosaur has been identified from an incomplete skeleton found in New Mexico, the United States. Life reconstruction of Menefeeceratops sealeyi. Image credit: Sergey Krasovskiy. The newly-identified dinosaur species belongs to Centrosaurinae, a group of ceratopsid dinosaurs known primarily from the northern region …

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Bennu’s Regolith

On May 10, 2021, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft fired its main engines full throttle for seven minutes; this burn thrust the spacecraft away from the asteroid Bennu at 1,000 kmh (600 mph), setting it on a 2.5-year cruise towards Earth. This image of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu was captured on April …

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Orangutans Fruit Scarcity

Wild Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) catabolize muscle tissue when the availability of fruit is low, according to new research led by Rutgers University scientists; that’s remarkable because orangutans are thought to be especially good at storing and using fat for energy. A male Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) eating non-fruit vegetation …

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Mammal Footprints

The newly-discovered fossilized footprints were made by at least two mammalian species around 58 million years ago in a brackish water lagoon in what is now southern Wyoming, the United States, and may represent the earliest evidence of mammals gathering by the sea. Section of the 58-million-year-old tracksite demonstrating near-vertical …

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New Mosasaur Species

Paleontologists have described a new species of mosasaur based on two complete skulls and jaws found in Morocco. An artist’s impression of Pluridens serpentis. Image credit: Andrey Atuchin. Mosasaurs (family Mosasauridae) were specialized marine lizards that evolved and diversified during the Late Cretaceous epoch. Their diversity peaked in the Maastrichtian …

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New Intel Photorealistic Game

  One question gamers have been asking more or less since the invention of graphics is, “How long until GPUs can make a game look “real?” This has always been a difficult lift. While it’s possible to create photo-realistic renders, doing so typically requires a great deal of careful work …

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Semiconductor Market

  South Korea has announced it will spend $450 billion over the next nine years to take the lead in the global semiconductor market. This is an aggressive move by South Korea to boost its semiconductor businesses. For comparison, President Biden recently called on Congress to invest $50 billion over …

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Tesla Stops Bitcoin

  Less than two months ago, Tesla announced it would accept Bitcoins as payment for vehicles in lieu of cash. Now, the company has halted those plans, citing fears that continuing with them could cause environmental damage. Here’s the statement from CEO Elon Musk. The embed may be a bit …

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