Daily Archives: 17.10.2020

NatWest says no Ulster Bank-Cerberus talks taking place

Ulster Bank's parent NatWest said its strategy to grow the bank's business organically and safely remains unchanged but is under review A NatWest Group spokesperson said today that no talks are taking place with Cerberus over the possibility of the US investment bank buying Ulster Bank's €20.5 billion loan book. An earlier report in the Irish Times today said that ...

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Great Barrier Reef Has Lost Half of its Coral Over the Last 25 Years

A new study found that warmer ocean temperatures driven by climate change have caused Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to lose more than half of its corals since 1995. The researchers say virtually all coral populations along the Great Barrier Reef have declined due to repeated “bleaching events” in the past 25 years. They said the devastation of the coral will ...

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A Framework for Studying Reinforcement Learning and Sim-to-Real in Robot Soccer

In Very Small Size Soccer two teams of three robots compete to score goals against each other. The behaviour of robots is usually programmed for each situation. Reinforcement learning may be used to improve the abilities of robots; however, real-world training is impractical because of the degradation of hardware and the consumption of energy and time. Very Small Size robotic ...

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Live coverage: SpaceX test-fires Falcon 9 rocket for another Starlink launch

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will launch SpaceX’s 14th batch of approximately 60 Starlink broadband satellites. Text updates will appear automatically in a new post. Follow us on. Spaceflight Now members can of the Falcon 9 rocket on launch pad ...

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98point6 Raises Temperature Of Virtual Care With $118M Series E

The global pandemic sped up the adoption of telemedicine to a matter of months from the years the industry was expecting. One of the companies at the forefront of the space is Seattle-based 98point6, providing on-demand digital primary care service for patients that includes personalized consultation, diagnosis and treatment. The company, founded in 2015, raised $118 million in Series E ...

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mPower Technology’s DragonSCALES solar cells to launch on Sparkwing in-orbit demonstrator with Momentus’ Vigoride transfer vehicle

(14 October 2020 – mPower Technolgy) Solar technology company, mPower Technology, today announced that its DragonSCALES solar cell prototype has completed integration and testing on a Sparkwing in-orbit solar array technology demonstrator in preparation for inclusion on Momentus’ Vigoride transfer vehicle launch taking place in the fourth quarter of 2020. (courtesy: mPower Technology) DragonSCALES was developed to provide a low-cost, ...

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Taxing times: How Covid has impacted Pay & File returns

Covid-19 has led to a number of changes in the way this year’s self-assessed tax return will work With the Revenue’s self-assessed deadline normally looming, October is understandable when business-owners and the self-employed turn their attention to tax. This year the pandemic has given people plenty of other challenges to focus on – but it has also led to important ...

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Adaptive-Attentive Geolocalization from few queries: a hybrid approach

Visual place recognition is important in 3D reconstruction, consumer photography, or augmented reality. Given a query image, an algorithm should find images that depict the same place from a geotagged gallery. However, most of the current methods work with queries and gallery images belonging to the same domain. A recent study suggests a novel two-blocks architecture that works with different ...

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Photos: Soyuz launches new station crew with spectacular autumn blastoff

Photos released by Russia’s space agency show the launch of a Soyuz booster Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut heading for the International Space Station. The 162-foot-tall (49-meter) Soyuz-2.1a rocket took off from Pad No. 31 at Baikonur at 10:45:04 a.m. local time Wednesday. Liftoff occurred at 0545:04 GMT (1:45:04 a.m. ...

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