Daily Archives: 10.10.2020

Kate Rubins Prepares for Birthday Ride to Space Station

Kate Rubins will become the fifth American to launch into space on her birthday Wednesday, when she flies Soyuz MS-17 shoulder to shoulder with Russian crewmates Sergei Ryzhikov and Sergei Kud-Sverchkov. Photo Credit: NASA When NASA’s Kate Rubins launches to the International Space Station (ISS) next Wednesday, she will become only the fifth American astronaut in history to do so ...

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Veritonic Lands $3.2M Series A from Greycroft, Lerer Hippeau, Audible

Audio intelligence platform Veritonic has raised $3.2 million in a Series A round led by Greycroft, the company announced Wednesday. The new funding will be used to hire across departments, with data science and sales as a special focus.  Veritonic, which is based in New York, helps marketing professionals better understand the best way to use sound. As audio becomes ...

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An Amazing Sky Mosaic Courtesy of Stellina…and a New Telescope from Vaonis

Check out this stunning new deep-sky panoramic, and a new light-weight ‘smartscope,’ courtesy of Vaonis. Smartscopes are coming into their own as a viable and exciting new facet of amateur astronomy. We’ve recently reviewed Unistellar’s evScope, and Vaonis’s Stellina telescope. Both are compact, smartphone-controlled telescopes that put simple deep-sky imaging within the user’s grasp. Now, Vaonis is upping their game. ...

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KSAT passed 20 000 contacts in September on KSATLITE, their smallsat network

(8 October 2020 – KSAT) KSAT has delivered more than 20 000 passes on the KSATLITE network in September. This is all-time-high for LITE, doubling the number of supports per month since January this year, and the growth seems to be continuing. KSATLITE is KSAT´s easy-to-use ground network solution offering optimized support for Smallsats and big constellations. The offered solution ...

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Lower than forecast budget deficit of €21bn expected

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath speak to media ahead of the publication of the White Paper The Government expects to run a budget deficit this year of just over €21bn or 6% of GDP.  This figure is lower than forecast, largely due to stronger tax receipts running 15% ahead of expectations. ...

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Crucial first fueling test on tap for SLS core stage later this month

The first Space Launch System core stage on the B-2 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Credit: NASA If all goes according to plan, engineers in southern Mississippi later this month will load cryogenic propellants into the core stage of a rocket NASA says will launch astronauts back to the moon, exposing its tankage and internal plumbing ...

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AIR-Act2Act: Human-human interaction dataset for teaching non-verbal social behaviors to robots

To interact with humans, social robots should make appropriate responses depending on human behavior. A lot of attempts to improve the social intelligence of robots are based on predefined behaviors. A recent paper on arXiv.org suggests employing machine learning to teach robots that provide social services to the elderly. Robots were taught such interactions as bowing for greeting and saying ...

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US Regulator To Clarify Whether Banks Can Hold Monero & Other Privacy Coins

Source: Adobe/jaflippo The US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is about to take another step in helping local banks to deal with the Cryptoworld. Brian Brooks, Acting Head of the OCC, confirmed that they hope to clarify whether cryptocurrencies, in particular privacy tokens, such as monero (XMR), zcash (ZEC), are permissible assets for banks to hold, trade ...

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Tapping Into Remote Experts: Avail Medsystems Raises $100M For Telemedicine Platform

Medical technology company Avail Medsystems, which develops telemedicine software for the procedure room, raised $100 million in Series B funding. D1 Capital Partners led the round with participation from 8VC and existing investors. The new funding gives the Palo Alto-based company a total of $125 million in funding since it was started in 2018. This includes a $25 million in ...

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