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Whale carcasses help answer mysteries of elusive species

News Release 25-May-2021 Whale carcasses help answer mysteries of elusive species Frontiers Research News Summary: A new study published by the open access publisher Frontiers shows the usefulness of opportunistically collected specimens, such as stranded carcasses, to study elusive species. The researchers used stable isotope analysis of skin, muscle, and bone tissue of Sowerby’s beaked…

How will that remodel help boost your home value? Seattle startup Plunk raises $6.5M to find out
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How will that remodel help boost your home value? Seattle startup Plunk raises $6.5M to find out

New funding: Seattle real estate startup Plunk has closed a $6.5 million seed round led by Unlock Ventures.

The tech: Plunk helps homeowners play “what if” scenarios to figure out what might drive the value of their home up or down. The app uses image processing, AI, and machine learning to assess the condition of a home and recommend specific remodeling projects that can increase its value — also known as the “Plunk Value.”

In some ways, Plunk is similar to home valuation tools such as Zillow’s Zestimate, but goes a step further with tailored recommendations fueled by various data sources. It’s less focused on buying or selling transactions, and more on the entire homeowner journey.

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