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Enceladus Subsurface

In a study published this month in the journal Icarus, planetary researchers from the United States and Germany modeled chemical processes in the subsurface ocean of Enceladus, the sixth-largest of Saturn’s moons. Enceladus’ tiger stripes are known to be spewing ice from the moon’s icy interior into space, creating a …

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Umba Raises $2M Across Africa

Umba, a digital bank for emerging markets and aiming first at Africa, has secured a $2 million seed funding round from new investors including Lachy Groom, ex-Head of Issuing at Stripe; Ludlow Ventures; Frontline Ventures and Act Venture. Currently operating in Kenya and Nigeria, Umba offers a digital financial service …

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Google Augmented Reality

Google is launching a digital “try it on” experience for some cosmetics-related queries using augmented reality, the company announced Thursday. It is working with data partners ModiFace and Perfect Corp to visualize thousands of eyeshadow shades and lipsticks from brands such as L’Oreal, MAC Cosmetics, Black Opal and Charlotte Tilbury. …

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Stadia Playable On iPhone

  Google launched Stadia just over one year ago with support for select Android phones and the Chromecast. Google promised iPhone support, but Apple’s App Store policies got in the way. Now, there’s finally a way to play Stadia on iOS — just fire up Safari and go to the …

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Security Researcher

  The SolarWinds saga keeps getting worse as time goes by. Several days ago, news broke that some 18,000 companies had been compromised by a nation-state actor. The attackers in question are believed to be affiliated with Cozy Bear, aka APT29, aka the Russian government. The hack has hit multiple …

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Intel’s Iris Xe Max

  The first thing I want to say here is that the Intel Iris Xe Max is not marketed as a gaming GPU, even though it’s a discrete solution. It is, however, identical to the well-received 11th Gen integrated GPU, and should therefore have at least some basic gaming capabilities. …

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Cretaceous Dinosaur

A maned theropod dinosaur with elaborate filamentous structures has been identified by a research team led by University of Portsmouth paleontologists. Life restoration of Ubirajara jubatus. Image credit: Bob Nicholls, paleocreations.com. The newly-discovered dinosaur species lived about 110 million years ago (Aptian stage of the Cretaceous period) in what is …

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ClickUp Productivity Space

  Few young software companies have had as great a year as San Diego-based ClickUp. The company, which makes business productivity tools for task management, goals and docs, raised its first bit of outside funding in mid-2020. Just six months later, it has reached a $1 billion valuation after doubling …

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Treat Metabolic Syndrome

Water suppresses vasopressin, a hormone linked to fructose-induced obesity and diabetes, according to a new study published in the journal JCI Insight. Andres-Hernando et al. suggest that increased water intake may be a beneficial way to both prevent or treat metabolic syndrome. Image credit: Bernd Scheumann. “The clinical significance of …

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Google Analytics 4

The one constant in website data is it’s always changing, and Google Analytics is no different. In October, Google announced the release of Google Analytics 4 (previously called App + Web), billing it as an analytics tool that provides smarter insights to improve ROI as digital marketing moves to a …

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