Daily Archives: 05.10.2020

Reporter’s Notebook: High Valuations Go To Those With Low Carbon Footprints

With wildfires and acrid smoke along the West Coast, and hurricane-unleashed flooding in the Southeast, it’s timely to be worried about climate change. But against the backdrop of sky-high fossil fuel consumption, more dramatic evidence of glacial melting, and all-too-apparent failures and limitations of governments, it’s tough to find much to be positive about. This week I managed to find ...

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Weather Forces Starlink-12 Scrub at KSC, Will Try Again Tues

Rainy day at KSC means a scrub for Starlink-12. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace After numerous delays, SpaceX’s 12th dedicated Starlink launch remains grounded today after rain poured on Kennedy Space Center this morning. The previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket, core B1058, and its sparkling-new upper stage have been waiting to deliver the next batch of 60 Starlink internet communications satellites ...

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Bitpanda secures $52 million series A funding for further European expansion

Bitpanda, a financial marketplace for digital and blockchain-based assets, has secured $52 million (£40.1m) in series A funding to help scale and build its presence in new European markets. The Austria-based platform provider, which offers brokerage for Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin among others, has expanded to France, Spain and Turkey in 2020, looking further afield for this year and next. ...

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Tactical Decision Making for Emergency Vehicles based on a Combinational Learning Method

The fast response time is vitally important for emergency vehicles. Usually, it is being ameliorated by optimizing the route and employing intelligent traffic signal control. A recent paper suggests complementing these techniques with deep learning. In an emulator, a rule-based avoidance strategy is used for common vehicles, and a real-time and data-efficient tactical decision-making method based on the reinforcement learning ...

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Businesses express concern over Level 5 recommendation

Organisations representing firms said if Level 5 is introduced, additional measures would be required to support businesses Business leaders have expressed surprise and concern at the recommendation from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to move the entire country to Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions. Organisations representing firms said if such a decision is taken by Government, additional measures would ...

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Don’t Raise VC Money Before You Understand Unit Economics

Over the past couple of years, VCs have become more conservative, expecting significant commercial traction and a stellar team to get funding. The coronavirus has not loosened these criteria. Commercial traction is not a magic phrase that gets you money. The quality of this traction and how that projects into the future matters even more. Investors will ask questions such ...

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A Robotic Positive Psychology Coach to Improve College Students’ Wellbeing

Robots are being used for various health and wellbeing related tasks. A recent paper investigates how the human-agent relationship could contribute to mental health support. A portable robot station was designed for use in students’ dormitory rooms. It uses a commercial robot, which has some basic skills as delivering the weather forecast or scheduling reminders. In the study, an additional ...

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Big drop in consumption leads to spike in savings – CSO

Household's saving levels increased in the second quarter of 2020, despite a fall in people's earnings New figures from the Central Statistic Office show that the big reduction in consumption patterns resulted in a sharp spike in saving levels during the second quarter of the year due to Covid-19 enforced restrictions.  The CSO said that household saving increased in the ...

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