Blickfeld scores $4.25M seed round to let autonomous vehicles ‘see’

[ad_1] Blickfeld, a Munich-based startup developing a low-cost light detection and ranging (LiDAR) system to let autonomous vehicles “see,” has raised $4.25 million in seed funding. The round was led by Fluxunit (the corporate venture arm of lighting company Osram), High-Tech Gründerfonds, Tengelmann Ventures, and Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners, and will be used to speed […]


Meteorites may have helped seed life on Earth

[ad_1] The team reached this conclusion through a mathematical model. They took data about planet formation, geology, biology and chemistry and inputted these factors into a grand quantitative model they had designed. Their results support the theory that RNA polymers formed in small, warm ponds of water. Meteorites contributed to this process by transferring enough […]


Seed vs. soil, with some fungus thrown in

[ad_1] The new trend in cancer research is to view a tumor’s malignancy not as solely determined by the tumor’s damaged genome. That view may be somewhat intuitive and has been dominant for decades, but there’s evidence that a cancer’s behavior is determined by the interplay between the tumor itself (the seed) and the environment in which it resides (the soil). […]

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InsurTech Coya raises $10 million seed round from Valar Ventures,

[ad_1] PayPal co-founder and Facebook board member Peter Thiel. REUTERS/Gary Cameron LONDON – Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel has led a $10 million seed funding round into Berlin-based “InsurTech” startup Coya. Thiel’s fund Valar Ventures led the round, which also included funding from, and La Famiglia, a European venture capital fund backed by entrepreneurs. […]