Good news to all loyal Gmail users on Android. Google has just announced that it has released version 4.2.1 of its Gmail app for Android today. One of the best features of version 4.2.1 is the ability to re-size email messages, thanks to the new pinch-to-zoom functionality that allows users to fit emails on their screen. To do this, users will simply need to turn on auto-fit under Settings > General Settings. Google is also making its Gmail app for Android more road-worthy. The latest version now lets users get into their inbox quickly through a new swipe feature.
Simply swipe left of right to archive email messages from the inbox. If you prefer to delete emails directly from the inbox, just change the settings by visiting Settings > General settings > Swiping conversation list. Last but not the least, Gmail for Android now displays thumbnails of photo attachments, making it easier to view images from the inbox. Gmail for Android version 4.2.1 now also supports video attachments. As with any other update from Google, expect the customary performance enhancements and bug fixes. Get the latest Gmail for Android app here.
In an attempt to prove that life can exist in the harshest environments, British researchers are drilling 3 kilometers deep below a glacier in Lake Ellsworth, Antarctic. The team from U.K. will start the mission on the 12th this month. They will utilize a sterile hot water drill to dig through the subglacial Lake Ellsworth.
There are over 3670 subglacial lakes in Antarctica, and Lake Ellsworth is just one of them. The main goal of the mission is to uncover organisms lurking within the deep, organisms that may have existed and evolved for a million years. If successful, the samples could help scientists understand how life evolves on Earth, and in other planets.
“Extreme environments tell you what constraints there are on life,” says Mike Bentley, a geologist joining the team. “If we find a particular set of environments where life can’t exist, that creates some bookends: it tells you about the limits of life.” The researchers are expected to remain in Antarctica until January.