Megalodon nurseries reveal world’s largest shark had a soft side

The enormous, extinct shark Megalodon probably doesn’t make you think of parenting and playdates. But a growing body of evidence suggests that these massive marine predators nurtured their babies by raising them in nurseries, and scientists just added five potential Megalodon nurseries to the list. 



a bird flying over a body of water: Megalodon, the biggest predatory shark of all time, watched over its young as many modern sharks do — by raising them in defined geographic areas known as nurseries.


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Megalodon, the biggest predatory shark of all time, watched over its young as many modern sharks do — by raising them in defined geographic areas known as nurseries.

These baby-shark grounds are showing up all over. Scientists reported in 2010 that they had identified a Megalodon nursery in Panama. Recently, another team of researchers described a new Megalodon nursery site in northeastern Spain; fossils of fully grown sharks and youngsters were found together, with most of the fossils belonging to juveniles and newborns. 

Those same scientists also analyzed data from eight other sites — from 16 million to 3

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Europe’s Largest Tech Conference to Return as In-Person Event in 2021 | Technology News

LISBON (Reuters) – Europe’s biggest technology conference, the Web Summit, will return to Lisbon in full force as a massive in-person event in 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to go fully online this year.

“The venue is booked,” the conference’s founder Paddy Cosgrave told Reuters on Wednesday in an interview. “I think by November (next year) the Web Summit will be happening in-person and I can’t wait.”

The event, which moved from Dublin to the Portuguese capital in 2016, attracts about 70,000 participants every year, drawing speakers from leading global tech companies and startups, as well as politicians.

But due to the outbreak, which has forced the cancellation or postponement of many major events, this year’s Web Summit will be held online next week.

It will be able to host 100,000 attendees online on its own conference platform and hundreds of speakers will join the event, including the

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Europe’s largest tech conference to return as in-person event in 2021

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LISBON (Reuters) – Europe’s biggest technology conference, the Web Summit, will return to Lisbon in full force as a massive in-person event in 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to go fully online this year.

“The venue is booked,” the conference’s founder Paddy Cosgrave told Reuters on Wednesday in an interview. “I think by November (next year) the Web Summit will be happening in-person and I can’t wait.”

The event, which moved from Dublin to the Portuguese capital in 2016, attracts about 70,000 participants every year, drawing speakers from leading global tech companies and startups, as well as politicians.

But due to the outbreak, which has forced the cancellation or postponement of many major events, this year’s Web Summit will be held online next week.

It will be able to host

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Bitcoin Latinum Launches To be World’s Largest Insured Cryptocurrency with Backing From Titans of Industry

PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 24, 2020–

Bitcoin Latinum, the next-generation Bitcoin fork capable of massive transaction volume, digital asset management, cyber security, and capacity is announcing its official pre-sale launch. Bitcoin Latinum will trade under the symbol LTNM with a total supply of 888,888,888 LTNM [verifiable by LTNM].

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Bitcoin Latinum (Photo: Business Wire)

Bitcoin Latinum (Photo: Business Wire)

Bitcoin Latinum is now available for pre-sale on bitcoinlatinum.com and will be available on exchanges in 2021.

Bitcoin Latinum is an enhanced Bitcoin fork. The Bitcoin Latinum algorithm and infrastructure break barriers and speed limits that have prevented some virtual currencies from achieving practical, real-time use. Bitcoin Latinum taps into the new wave of crypto DeFi – decentralized finance – for its role in independent digital transactions. According to Nasdaq, the total DeFi related cryptocurrency market recently passed $14 billion, up from $1 billion in February

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Largest aggregation of fishes in abyssal deep sea — ScienceDaily

The largest aggregation of fishes ever recorded in the abyssal deep sea was discovered by a team of oceanographers from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UH, USA), Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI, USA) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC, UK). Their findings were published recently in Deep-Sea Research.

“Our observations truly surprised us,” said Astrid Leitner, lead author on the study, who conducted this work as graduate researcher in the UH Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). “We had never seen reports of such high numbers of fishes in the sparsely-populated, food-limited deep-sea.”

The researchers, including Leitner, Jennifer Durden (NOC) and professors Jeffrey Drazen (Leitner’s doctoral research advisor) and Craig Smith, made the observation on an expedition to the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ). The CCZ is a large region stretching nearly from Hawai’i to Mexico, which is being explored for deep sea mining of

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World’s Largest Free-Trade Pact Inspiration for Global Recovery

After four long years of diminished prospects, stagnation, and divisive geopolitics, four summits could show the way toward a better future.

Recently, Moscow hosted the 12th BRICS Summit. Malaysia is hosting the APEC Summit. And Riyadh will welcome the world leaders into the highly-anticipated G20 conference.

Importantly, these high-level events followed the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s largest free-trade pact, which could help build multiple new paths toward a shared future.

The global economy is expected to shrink by 5 percent in 2020. World trade is likely to plummet by 20 percent. After misguided trade wars and the pandemic, global cooperation across all differences is vital to defeat the pandemic and facilitate economic recovery.

World’s largest free-trade pact, to act as inspiration

In the ASEAN Summit last weekend, after nearly a decade of talks, 15 countries signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

The

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Strategy Analytics: Largest Smartphones will Drive Holiday Shopping

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, consumers are choosing smartphones with the largest sized displays in 2020. New super-large display smartphones from Samsung and Apple will supercharge holiday smartphone buying this year.

Ville-Petteri Ukonaho, Associate Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “More than 900 million superphablets with displays 6.0 to 6.99 inches will be shipped globally in 2020. These super-large display smartphones have overtaken every other size category and will continue to expand their share in future years.”

Ken Hyers, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Smaller sized smartphones, with displays under-five (5) inches are steadily losing ground to larger-display smartphones. The Apple iPhone SE 2020 edition, with a 4.7 inch display, briefly boosted the category, but at just 7% of all smartphones shipped in 2020, the under-five inch category is steadily shrinking and by 2025 will have effectively disappeared.”

Ville-Petteri Ukonaho, Associate Director at Strategy

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Prehistoric shark hid its largest teeth — ScienceDaily

Some, if not all, early sharks that lived 300 to 400 million years ago not only dropped their lower jaws downward but rotated them outwards when opening their mouths. This enabled them to make the best of their largest, sharpest and inward-facing teeth when catching prey, paleontologists at the Universities of Zurich and Chicago have now shown using CT scanning and 3D printing.

Many modern sharks have row upon row of formidable sharp teeth that constantly regrow and can easily be seen if their mouths are just slightly opened. But this was not always the case. The teeth in the ancestors of today’s cartilaginous fish (chondrichthyan), which include sharks, rays and chimaeras, were replaced more slowly. With mouths closed, the older, smaller and worn out teeth of sharks stood upright on the jaw, while the younger and larger teeth pointed towards the tongue and were thus invisible when the mouth

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Why the World’s Largest Free-Trade Pact Matters

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is an extraordinary achievement amid aggressive geopolitics, self-defeating trade wars, and accelerating global pandemic. It is also a leap toward a better future.

Last June, the ministers of RCEP countries underscored their determination to sign the free-trade agreement amid unprecedented headwinds in global trade, investment and supply chains. Following almost a decade of talks, 15 countries are poised to sign the world’s largest free-trade pact during the ASEAN Summit.

The RCEP is expected to increase trade integration between the 10 ASEAN countries, East Asian leaders (China, Japan, South Korea), and Oceania (Australia, New Zealand).

Surprisingly, India withdrew from the RCEP talks late last year, following Prime Minister Modi’s increasing cooperation with the US-led Indo-Pacific initiative. Nonetheless, India can still rejoin the talks at a later date, if it chooses to do so.

But even without India, the combined economic muscle of the RCEP participants

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