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Plankton named after BBC Blue Planet series

Image copyright UCL Image caption The tiny plant-like organism is regarded as a key element of the marine ecosystem A type of plankton described as part of “the beating heart” of the oceans has been named after the BBC’s Blue Planet series. The tiny plant-like organism is regarded as a …

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Meteorite diamonds ‘came from lost planet’

Image copyright EPFL / Hillary Sanctuary Image caption The asteroid fragments are collectively known as the Almahatta Sitta meteorites A diamond-bearing space rock that exploded in Earth’s atmosphere in 2008 was part of a lost planet from the early Solar System, a study suggests. The parent “proto-planet” would have existed …

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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) now receiving Oreo

The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update ahead of schedule. The update weighs in at 1.2 GB and besides bumping the Android version, it also ups the Samsung Experience to version 9.0. This version improves the keyboard, brings standard emojis, GIFs and stickers, improves Bixby …

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Inside Cambridge Analytica’s Virtual Currency Plans

Initial coin offerings, or I.C.O.s, are a method of fund-raising in which companies sell their own virtual currencies. The tokens are generally structured like Bitcoin, using a so-called blockchain to record transactions. The coins are usually designed to be used as an internal payment method in software that the start-ups …

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