Daily Archives: 07.10.2020

Ferguson Steps Down as Commander for First Boeing Starliner Crew

NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore, left, and Chris Ferguson, director of Mission Integration and Operations at Boeing, train for the first flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, which will carry astronauts to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Credits: NASA This morning, retired NASA & current Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson announced he is stepping down ...

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The ERC 2020: behind the scenes

In less than a week, nearly 30 teams from 14 countries will take part in the finale of the sixth edition of the ERC 2020, which is the prestigious Martian rover competition. What’s the best way to go about organizing an international space and robotics tournament in a pandemic world you may ask? The answer is: going remote. Here’s how ...

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Motor industry warns of effect of new taxes on sales

Proposals to increase the tax paid on new cars could hit consumers hard, the motor industry has warned. The proposed increased were made by the Government’s Tax Strategy Group and could see the price of some cars increase by as much as €6,000 because of changes to VRT (Vehicle Registration Tax). The car industry is warning any such move would cripple ...

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Biodesix, Developer Of Tests For Lung Disease And COVID-19, Files For IPO

Boulder, Colorado-based Biodesix, a developer of diagnostics for lung disease and COVID-19, is the latest well-funded biotech company to plan its public market debut. The company filed an IPO prospectus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, seeking to raise up to $75 million in a Nasdaq offering. Biodesix describes itself as a “data-driven diagnostic solutions company” that ...

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AST awarded contract with Welsh Government for tracking solution for 400 inshore vessels

(5 October 2020 – AST) Applied Satellite Technology (AST) Marine Sciences has been awarded a 3-year contract to supply an advanced Inshore Vessel Monitoring Solution (iVMS) for the Welsh inshore fleet of 400 under 12-metre fishing vessels. Utilising industry expertise has enabled AST to deliver a flexible iVMS solution where a one size fits all approach is not suitable – ...

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Animated Cassie: A Dynamic Relatable Robotic Character

To improve human-robot interaction, robots should incite emotion in humans besides executing tasks. Such types of robots as bipedal robots can move and convey emotion with lots of agility and success. A recent paper on arXiv.org suggests how a bipedal robot, Cassie Cal, can perform emphatic motions and make an impression of having a personality. Image credit: Zhongyu Li, Christine ...

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Revenue brings forward payment date for EWSS

Revenue also confirmed that all future monthly EWSS payments due to eligible employers will be made as soon as possible after the fifth day of the following month Revenue has brought forward the date of payment for Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme supports to eligible employers.  EWSS payments in respect of September payroll submissions, which were due to be made as ...

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