Daily Archives: 30.09.2020

NROL-44 Scrubs, Next Launch Attempt NET Wednesday Night

Rollback of the 300-foot-tall (100-meter) Mobile Service Tower (MST) commenced at 6:24 p.m. EDT Tuesday, but the launch of this snakebitten mission was scrubbed shortly thereafter. Photo Credit: ULA It seems that each day is shaping up to be another “Groundhog Day” for United Launch Alliance (ULA) and its snakebitten Delta IV Heavy on Space Launch Complex (SLC)-37B at Cape ...

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Robotic Fabric: A Breakthrough with Many Uses

Researchers at Yale have developed a robotic fabric, a breakthrough that could lead to such innovations as adaptive clothing, self-deploying shelters, or lightweight shape-changing machinery. The lab of Prof. Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio has created a robotic fabric that includes actuation, sensing, and variable stiffness fibers while retaining all the qualities that make fabric so useful – flexibility, breathability, small storage footprint, ...

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Lenders must engage constructively on breaks warns CBI

Existing arrears handling frameworks will apply to those coming off loan repayment breaks, according to Derville Rowland The Director General of Financial Conduct at the Central Bank has warned lenders that they must engage constructively with borrowers coming off loan repayment breaks over the coming months. Derville Rowland said the full-suite of existing consumer protections remain in place and lenders ...

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Exoplanet observer reveals extreme alien world

(28 September 2020 – ESA) ESA’s new exoplanet mission, Cheops, has found a nearby planetary system to contain one of the hottest and most extreme extra-solar planets known to date: WASP-189 b. The finding, the very first from the mission, demonstrates Cheops’ unique ability to shed light on the Universe around us by revealing the secrets of these alien worlds. ...

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daVinciNet: Joint Prediction of Motion and Surgical State in Robot-Assisted Surgery

In robot-assisted surgeries, it is important to predict the trajectories of robotic surgical instruments. It helps to prevent collisions between instruments or with near obstacles and to implement multi-agent surgical systems. The prediction of the next surgical states provides a seamless operational workflow and allows synchronized collaborations between the surgeons and operating room staff. Image credit: U.S. Air Force, Andrew ...

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Economic hit from Covid less than expected – Finance

The Finance Department has forecast that the economy – as measured by GDP – will shrink by 2.5% this year, better than its earlier forecast of a drop of 10.5% The Department of Finance has significantly revised upwards its outlook for the economy this year.  In a statement published this afternoon, the department has forecast that the economy, as measured ...

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