Daily Archives: 13.10.2020

Comet P1 NEOWISE Makes a Brief Late October Appearance

Comet P1 NEOWISE will make a brief dawn appearance for northern hemisphere observers in late October/early November. So, how about Comet F3 NEOWISE this summer? 2020 saw the rapid appearance of one of the best northern hemisphere comets in recent memory, and the first good comet for us up north for the 21st century, as F3 NEOWISE graced early morning ...

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‘Keeping retail open is the priority’ – business groups

Measures will be of little use if country moves to Level 4 and non-essential retail is forced to close – Retail Excellence While welcoming the range of measures to support businesses in Budget 2021, Retail Ireland said keeping retail open and trading over the coming months is now an immediate priority.  Retail Ireland Director Arnold Dillon said many retail businesses ...

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Treeswift’s Autonomous Robots Take Flight to Save Forests

Forests cover 30 per cent of the Earth’s landmass, but that number is on the decline. Despite forests’ crucial role in conserving wildlife and processing carbon dioxide, many are threatened by deforestation and wildfires. Complicating these threats is the lack of quantitative information that foresters and environmental researchers need for making important decisions to preserve forests. Steven Chen, co-founder and ...

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Bitcoin Can’t be Correlated to Traditional Assets – Virgin Galactic Chairman

Chamath Palihapitiya. Source: a video screenshot, Youtybe/Bitcoin/CNBC If you follow the bitcoin (BTC) price movement, it will seem connected to traditional assets – but it can’t be, as it’s the opposite of today’s financial infrastructure, according to Chamath Palihapitiya, CEO of venture capital firm Social Capital, Chairman of commercial spaceline Virgin Galactic, and a former Facebook executive. “The more people ...

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Instacart Bags $200M in Fresh Funding

Instacart announced another $200 million in financing Thursday to boost its valuation to $17.7 billion. Existing investors Valiant Peregrine Fund and D1 Capital Partners led the investment, according to the company’s blog post. The funding comes nearly four months after the San Francisco-based grocery pickup and delivery company announced it had raised a $225 million financing round led by DST ...

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Northrop Grumman to support NASA’s Artemis missions with motors for Orion Spacecraft’s Launch Abort System

(12 October 2020 – Northrop Grumman) Northrop Grumman Corporation will continue supporting NASA’s Artemis missions by providing six additional abort motors and attitude control motors (ACM) for the Orion human spaceflight capsule’s Launch Abort System (LAS), under an agreement with Lockheed Martin, Orion’s prime contractor. Northrop Grumman’s abort motor and attitude control motor supply the power that enables the Orion ...

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11% rise in Pandemic Unemployment Payment claims

228,858 people will receive the PUP this week The number of people claiming the Pandemic Unemployment Payment has risen by more than 23,000 in the last seven days, according to the latest figures from the Department of Social Protection.  Some 228,858 people will receive the PUP this week compared to just under 206,000 a week ago. The 11% increase coincides with the ...

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Robots From Boston Dynamics Inspect Rocket Test Sites

Many of us are probably used to a thought that the modern high-tech robots are only suitable for fascinating demonstrations in laboratory settings but hardly for anything more than that. However, this is not the case. In this video captured several weeks ago, we can see a robot-dog from Boston Dynamics inspecting the SpaceX prototype rocket test site. SpaceX is ...

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Juno team planning close flybys of Jupiter’s moons

The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa looms large in this newly-reprocessed color view, made from images taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute NASA’s Juno spacecraft could perform the first close flybys since the early 2000s of three of Jupiter’s largest moons, including Europa, if the space agency grants the mission an ...

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