Daily Archives: 28.09.2020

EY ramps up blockchain offering with procurement and visualisation tools

EY (Ernst & Young) has continued its blockchain momentum with two new releases of an enterprise network procurement offering and visualisation tool. The EY OpsChain Network Procurement tool, built on the EY OpsChain platform, will aim to allow companies to run private, secure, end-to-end procurement activities on Ethereum. “As more and more companies work as part of global business networks, ...

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Elastica: A Compliant Mechanics Environment for Soft Robotic Control

Soft robots can be used in various spheres, such as agriculture, medicine, and defense. However, their complex physics means that they are hard to control. Current simulation testbeds are insufficient for taking the full advantage of elasticity. A recent paper on arXiv.org proposes Elastica, a simulation environment tailored to soft robot context. It tries to fill the gap between conventional ...

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Mortgages arrears steady as Covid breaks near end

A total of 56,792 mortgages are in some form of arrears, new Central Bank figures show. There was a reduction of approximately 10% in the number of mortgage accounts in arrears during the three months from April to June, mainly due to the introduction of Covid-related payment breaks.   The latest figures from the Central Bank show at the end of ...

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SpaceX to Kick off Three-Launch Week With Monday Morning Starlink Commute

B1058 has two prior launches and two prior ASDS landings to its credit. Tomorrow morning, it aims to secure three for three on both. Photo Credit: Jeff Seibert/AmericaSpace More than a week later than originally planned, a previously-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 core stands primed on historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, ready to deliver another ...

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Adaptive Meta-Learning for Identification of Rover-Terrain Dynamics

The dynamics of extraterrestrial rovers is dependent on the terrain. The high-level terrain classification used in most current rovers is often not enough to ensure safe path selection, as the experience with NASA’s Curiosity and Spirit shows. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS A recent paper suggests a model of the terrain parameters that govern wheel-terrain interaction. Knowing the terrain may help to predict ...

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