Daily Archives: 18.10.2020

SpaceX launches another batch of Starlink satellites

A Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from pad 39A at 8:25 a.m. EDT (1225 GMT Sunday. Credit: SpaceX SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink internet relay platforms into orbit Sunday as the company ramps up network testing in Washington state and touts a streak of nearly 300 satellites launched since June without a spacecraft failure. Nine Merlin 1D engines fired up ...

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US consumers keep spending in September

Spending on clothing, cars and sporting goods pushed US retail sales above expectations in September, government data said today, indicating consumers were still buying even without more government aid.  Retail sales last month rose to $549.3 billion, seasonally adjusted, an increase of 1.9% from August when sales grew 0.6%, according to the Commerce Department data. The month-on-month increase was more ...

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InSight’s ‘Mole’ is Now Completely buried!

It’s been a long road for InSight’s Mole. InSight landed on Mars almost two years ago, in November 2018. While the lander’s other instruments are working fine and returning scientific data, the Mole has been struggling to hammer its way into the surface of the planet. After much hard work and a lot of patience, the Mole has finally succeeded ...

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DARPA’s PALS Program Enters Second Phase

Teams to leverage marine organisms for persistent monitoring and detection of underwater vehicles to help warfighters protect shores and harbors. Because marine organisms observe changes in their environment using a combination of senses, they offer unique insights into the underwater world that are difficult to replicate using traditional engineering techniques. DARPA’s Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) program aims to leverage ...

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Funding To North American Startups Held Steady In Q3, While Exits Rose

Funding to North American startups did not slow down in the just-ended quarter. In fact, deal-making at the later stages picked up, as did big-ticket acquisitions and public market debuts for a slew of heavily funded venture-backed companies. Overall, venture investors put $35.7 billion into seed- through growth-stage funding rounds for North American startups in the third quarter of 2020, ...

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Pfizer could file for vaccine clearance next month

Pfizer said it may say if the vaccine is effective as soon as this month based on its 40,000 person clinical trial Pfizer said it could file for US authorisation of the Covid-19 vaccine it is developing with German partner BioNTech as early as late November. That would suggests it’s possible a vaccine could be available in the United States ...

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We actually don’t know how fast the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is spinning but there might be a way to find out

Unless Einstein is wrong, a black hole is defined by three properties: mass, spin, and electric charge. The charge of a black hole should be nearly zero since the matter captured by a black hole is electrically neutral. The mass of a black hole determines the size of its event horizon, and can be measured in several ways, from the ...

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Researchers set sights on theory of deep learning

DOD-funded team is developing guiding principles for popular form of AI. Deep learning is an increasingly popular form of artificial intelligence that’s routinely used in products and services that impact hundreds of millions of lives, despite the fact that no one quite understands how it works. The Office of Naval Research has awarded a five-year, $7.5 million grant to a ...

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China Using Blockchain Power to Boost Post-COVID 19 Tourism

The GuanYin of Nanshan statue in Hainan. Source: Adobe/Valery Bocman The Chinese island province of Hainan wants to use a blockchain technology-powered “points” program to boost tourism to the region. The project will operate alongside a recent project that will see Hainan create the nation’s first blockchain free trade zone. Per the Economic Information Daily, authorities in Hainan said that ...

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