US investors ploughed a record $5.3 billion into European startups this year, and it's sign they're getting priced out of Silicon Valley
- American VCs have invested $5.3 billion in Europeans startups including Deliveroo, Checkout.com, and Klarna in the seven months to the end of July, according to figures from Dealroom in conjunction with TechNation.
- US investors are coming into later-stage funding rounds to help get a stake in some of Europe's most exciting tech companies, the research said, and it could also be a sign that Silicon Valley is too expensive.
- Similarly, Insight Partners signed deals with fintech N26 and London startup Checkout.com, while Index Ventures took on major deals with German deposit marketplace Raisin in a $26 million round and British company WhiteHat in a $20 million deal.
- The opportunity to enter buzzy European companies and develop their growth into the US market is a key factor in the recent spate of funding, according to investors.
Netflix could face trouble ahead. Here's why
- In a way, the streaming service's decision to hang onto that series, even as it irritates some subscribers by shedding others, is indicative of the growing pains and competitive pressures with which Netflix is grappling, and why there could be trouble signs ahead.
- So after the service has spent so much time acting like ratings (that is, user data) are irrelevant, it's understandable that customers would gripe when shows they like come to an abrupt end -- a byproduct, in part, of how poorly Netflix has publicly explained its decision-making process.
- Netflix is making a huge investment in the movie business, and has been eager to play on the awards stage there as well.
- The search for hits is inspiring companies to rush out to sign big-name producers and talent, including Netflix's deals with Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy and most recently the team behind "Game of Thrones." But investing heavily on talent can be a trap --potentially squeezing out fresh new voices.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW: The cast of 'Bring It On' 19 years later
- In the movie, Torrance stopped at nothing to make sure the team wins its sixth championship in a row.
- The Columbia University graduate went on to star in several movies, including "Dead Awake" costarring Lori Petty.
- Gabrielle Union has been in two adaptations of "The Taming of the Shrew": 1999's "10 Things I Hate About You" and 2003's "Deliver Us from Eva." She also starred on the BET series "Being Mary Jane," from 2013 to 2019.
- She has since spent her summers globetrotting with her NBA-star husband, Dwyane Wade, and gave birth to their daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade, in November 2018.
- Most recently, he appeared on "Grey's Anatomy" and "Bones." West also has three children with "Grey's Anatomy" and "Supergirl" star Chyler Leigh.
- Natina Reed and Brandi Williams were part of a girl group called Blaque.
Disney+ Brandishes Its Weapon: An Infinity Gauntlet of Brands
- Disney+, as it's known everywhere that can show a plus sign without borking an entire platform, is the company's forthcoming streaming service, which had just announced some new details regarding its November launch.
- An even apter comparison might be the Infinity Gauntlet, the jeweled glove that propelled the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- The first era of the Streaming Wars was about first movers like Netflix and Hulu licensing a big enough library to attract subscribers; the second, developing original series and movies in anticipation of those licenses' owners pulling them back.
- The streaming service recently announced that it had lost subscribers for the first time in eight years; when the brand of pipe matters as much as what's coming out of it, what does Netflix's pipe mean?
- Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joseph Russo use the power of Twitter to answer common questions about Avengers: Endgame and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
California's disappearing sea snails carry a grim climate warning
- Many people have never eaten—or even heard of—red abalone, a species of sea snail that lives suctioned onto boulders and feeds on the lush kelp forests of Northern California.
- But as marine heat waves, ocean acidification, habitat loss, and overfishing shrink the red abalone fishery, the sweet delicacy is at risk of permanently losing its food source: the kelp forests.
- Commercial fishers as well as divers from around the world traveled to the California coast to dive into lush kelp forests and pry snails off their rocks.
- In 2017 the California Fish and Game Commission decided to close the recreational fishery for the 2018 season due to “ongoing extreme environmental conditions.” After reassessing the population in 2018 and finding deep-water abalone all but gone, the commission decided to keep the fishery closed through 2021.
Super-Earth at a nearby star is a Mercury-like hunk of rock
- The most common star in our galaxy is a red dwarf, smaller and dimmer than the Sun. Because these small stars put out much less radiation, the region where planets could have liquid water on their surfaces is much closer to the star.
- In these exosolar systems, the habitable zone is typically closer to the star than Mercury is to our Sun. That's a good match to our current technology, which is best at identifying planets close to their host stars.
- Now, researchers have taken a close look at a planet orbiting close to a red dwarf and have found that it looks like a bare rock, suggesting that its star may have stripped off any atmosphere that once existed.
- This let the researchers track the radiation coming from the system when the planet had slightly different orientations, with different fractions of its hot and cool sides oriented toward Earth.
Every celebrity couple that has gotten married in 2019
- Summer's here, which means that your Facebook timeline has probably turned into a never-ending list of weddings and engagements.
- This is a running list of every celeb that's gotten married this year, from the surprise wedding of Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLaughlin to the lavish three-day reception of Idris Elba and his bride Sabrina Dhowre.
- Leech's famous co-stars Rami Malek, Michelle Dockery, and Dan Stevens all attended the nuptials, according to Hello!.
- The 44-year-old "Ace of Cakes" star proposed to his now-wife Colbry, 25, in April 2018 with a piece of twine.
- The two got engaged almost a year prior, in April 2018.
- They were married about a year later in front of fashion A-listers Gigi and Bella Hadid, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and many more.
- People called their wedding an " epic 'DWTS' reunion," as many current and former dancers attended their California nuptials.
We could find alien life on exoplanets by looking for its glow
- Most of the nearest potentially habitable planets we have found are orbiting a type of star called a red dwarf.
- On a planet subjected to far more UV radiation, this sort of adaptation might be more common, says Kaltenegger.
- The glow would be tied to the star’s activity, making it easier to disentangle from other factors that might make a planet appear brighter than expected but wouldn’t indicate life (Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, doi.org/c9mp).
- Depending on factors like whether the planet has clouds, the glowing could make the planet more than 100 times brighter, says Kaltenegger.
- That means that planets around red dwarfs are more likely to glow, and we might see it someday.
- “This counterintuitively makes highly active flaring stars good places to look [for life],” says Kaltenegger.
Supernova dust was found in snow from Antarctica and it could be 20 million years old
- The discovery could provide lessons about the solar system's history and place in its surrounding environment, the study, published August 12 in the Physical Review Letters, said.
- Some of that dust from one or more stars, according to the study, fell to Earth sometime in the last 20 million years.
- They chose to test snow because "it is the purest material you can find," Koll said.
- Researchers were able to determine that the most likely source of the iron-60 found in the Antarctic snow was star dust, Koll said.
- However, it's unclear whether the Earth is currently in a dust cloud or if the discovery is of the remnants of a cloud that passed through years ago, Koll said.
- Koll said the next step is to test deposits from older ice cores to find out when and where the supernova happened and when our solar system entered into the cloud of space dust.
Disney is releasing a bunch of original movies on its upcoming streaming service. Here are the ones we know about so far.
- In addition to hosting "Avengers: Endgame," "Star Wars" movies, and live-action Marvel TV series, Disney Plus will also release its own original movies.
- In its first year alone, Disney Plus will launch more than 10 movies and specials in addition to original series.
- Keep reading to see every confirmed original movie you can expect to see on Disney Plus.
- The live-action remake will adapt Disney's 1955 film about the housedog Lady (Thompson) who falls in love with the stray dog Tramp (Theroux).
- The film follows Pacific bottlenose dolphin Echo as he navigates growing up in the coral reef and his role in the larger dolphin community.
- The Disney Channel star appeared on "Fast Layne." Ophelia Lovibond ("Guardians of the Galaxy") and Chris Robinson will also be in the film.
- "Community" star Danny Pudi plays animal control officer, Miller.