Sea star’s ability to clone itself may empower this mystery globetrotter — ScienceDaily

For decades, biologists have captured tiny sea star larvae in their nets that did not match the adults of any known species. A Smithsonian team recently discovered what these larvae grow up to be and how a special superpower may help them move around the world. Their results are published online in the Biological Bulletin.

“Thirty years ago, people noticed that these asteroid starfish larvae could clone themselves, and they wondered what the adult form was,” said staff scientist Rachel Collin at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). “They assumed that because the larvae were in the Caribbean the adults must also be from the Caribbean.”

Scientists monitor larvae because the larvae can be more sensitive to physical conditions than the adults and larval dispersal has a large influence on the distribution of adult fishes and invertebrates. Collin’s team uses a technique called DNA barcoding to identify plankton. They

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Rocket Mortgage Introduces New Tech Platform to Empower Real Estate Agents

Unprecedented visibility into the mortgage process to provide certainty and ensure a world-class experience for both the home buyer and their agent

DETROIT, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Rocket Companies (NYSE: RKT) today launched “Rocket Pro Insight”, a new technology platform providing real estate agents real-time updates on the status of their clients’ mortgages. Through both a website and mobile app, real estate professionals will have transparency into the loan experience. They are now able to see where each loan is in the process, the terms of their clients’ loans, if additional documentation is needed and when it will close.


Rocket Pro Insight is a new technology platform from Rocket Mortgage providing real estate agents real-time updates on the status of their clients’ mortgages.

“Our team is constantly leveraging the power of technology to streamline and simplify the mortgage process. Rocket Pro Insight is the latest innovation in a long line of FinTech tools we have created to improve the experience and give added confidence to our clients and their partners,” said Jay

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Telenor Pakistan Collaborates with Directorate of Science & Technology, KPK to Digitally Empower 500 Female Entrepreneurs

Staying true to its commitment of empowering societies and contributing to the country’s socio-economic uplift, Telenor Pakistan is fulfilling its pledge under World Bank’s Girls Learn Women Earn (GLWE) programme by expanding its reach to empower the underserved female entrepreneurs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This initiative is being taken in collaboration with Creative Innovative Unit (CIU), a platform established by Directorate of Science and Technology (DoST) KPK.

The ceremony was held at CIU’s office in Peshawar, where an MoU was signed between Telenor Pakistan and Creative Innovation Unit. Madiha Parvez, Head of Corporate Innovation & Digital Education, Telenor Pakistan and Bilal Jabbar, Project Director, CIU signed on behalf of the two organisations. Zia Ullah Khan Bangash, Advisor to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Science & Technology and Information Technology, Secretary ST&IT and other representatives from both organisations were also present.

Under this agreement, Telenor Pakistan with the assistance of CIU will

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Smule Integrates with the Snap Camera to Empower Music Creators with AR Lenses

Smule’s AutoRap goes live with Lenses, powered by the Snap Camera, bringing Snap’s AR innovations to Smule’s music-first community

​Smule​ Inc., the global leader in interactive music creation, today ​announced its integration with Snap to bring imaging and augmented reality (AR) capabilities directly into the Smule app ecosystem, starting with hip-hop music app AutoRap. Smule has integrated Lenses, powered by Snap Camera Kit,​ showcasing the potential of AR to create even more engaging musical performances through dynamic visual elements.

Smule and Snap are bringing together the best of social music and digital imaging to offer both user bases even more immersive experiences. AutoRap, Smule’s recently revamped app for hip-hop enthusiasts, rappers and beat makers, is a fitting launch pad for the new Lenses, considering the significant role that creativity and individualism play in the genre.

See Lenses in action in AutoRap here.

“Hip hop artists have long been pushing the

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Geek of the Week: Tori Dunlap’s ‘First $100K’ turned into a movement to empower women financially

Tori Dunlap. (Jon Cárdenas Photo)

When Tori Dunlap was 9 years old, she started running her own business — a vending machine company, in which she learned the ins and outs of managing machines, candy and money. She rolled enough quarters over the ensuing years to contribute to her own college fund.

The financial discipline stuck with Dunlap, and by 25 she had saved her first $100,000, quit a corporate job in marketing and jumped full time into her own business called Her First $100K to fight inequality and help women achieve financial independence. It’s now a global, six-figure business and movement — and Dunlap is our latest Geek of the Week.

“Everyone can hit their first $100K, and they get to decide what that looks like,” Dunlap said. “Maybe it’s $100K saved like me, or maybe it’s $100K earned, debt paid off, invested, or something else. I’m the first

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Auto China 2020: GWM Rebranded as Global Mobility Technology Company to Empower Intelligent Safety Experience

BEIJING, Sept. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —  GWM (601633.SS/02333.HK), a leading automobile company in China, has formally announced to transform into a global mobility technology company. GWM has initiated a raft of major strategy upgrade including corporate culture, products, technology and marketing. At Auto China 2020, GWM reveals a refreshed image with new product lineup beefing up with leading new tech, including new models from NEV brand ORA, the HAVAL Dagou, the third generation of legendary HAVAL H6, F&L, POER pickup, HAVAL H9 and HAVAL F7&F7X, to face the future and compete in the global markets.

“This year is the turning point for HAVAL to usher in a new era. HAVAL moves forward to ‘the No.1 professional SUV brand in the world’, with the trust of 6 million users around the world. HAVAL H6 won 87 monthly sales crowns among all competitors in the SUV segment in China,”

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