Daily Archives: 20.10.2020

Pubs and restaurants may face Christmas restrictions

Under Level 3, restaurants, cafes and pubs can only remain open for take-away and delivery and outdoor dining or service to a maximum of 15 people. Pubs and restaurants may be facing the prospect of not being able to reopen their doors to indoor customers for Christmas.  During a briefing with business groups late last night, sources said Tánaiste Leo ...

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A global collaboration to move artificial intelligence principles to practice

Convened by the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, the AI Policy Forum will develop frameworks and tools for governments and companies to implement concrete policies. Today, artificial intelligence — and the computing systems that underlie it — are more than just matters of technology; they are matters of state and society, of governance and the public interest. The choices that technologists, ...

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NASA and Seven Countries Sign the Artemis Accords for the Exploration of the Moon. Russia Declined to Participate

It looks like Russia is thumbing its nose at international cooperation on the Moon. They’ve refused to sign the Artemis Accords, which are a set of rules governing Lunar exploration. NASA and seven other countries have signed on already, with more to come. Russia is NASA’s largest partner in space exploration. The two countries are largely responsible for the International ...

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Cosmic Opportunities №2

We were pleased to know that our debut publication attracted a certain level of attention. We continue our work on this topic with great passion and are ready to present the next publication. Let’s see what changes have happened so far: Yuval Sipper – in10’20 he has left “Effective Space (Business and IP sold to Astroscale 06’20)”, where he was ...

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After four-year journey, NASA spacecraft ready to touch an asteroid

EDITOR’S NOTE: All times are “Earth Received Time” when confirmation of events arrive on Earth. The events will occur more than 18 minutes earlier in real time on-board the spacecraft. Artist’s concept of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft approaching asteroid Bennu. Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona Flying on autopilot more than 200 million miles from Earth, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is on track for a ...

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Not For Geeks? Remembering STS-73’s Mission Impossible, 25 Years On

The “geek” has long been recognized as an eccentric, non-mainstream individual, usually imbued with a peculiar or obsessive enthusiasm for mathematics or another complex, intellectual pursuit. In time, these “square pegs” would go on to become a mainstream staple of 21st-century technological society, but 25 years ago today the geek was a pejorative term, “mocked by jocks and ignored at parties.”  ...

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Retailers disappointed at decision to move to Level 5

Retail Excellence has predicted that 60,000 jobs would be lost due to the latest closure of non-essential retailers Retailers have reacted with deep disappointment to the Government’s decision to close all non-essential retail as part of the move to Level 5. Retail Ireland described it as a serious blow and said there is very real concern that many vulnerable retail ...

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OpenBot: Turning Smartphones into Robots

Despite current innovations in the field of robotics, most robots are either expensive or have very limited functionality. However, a significant part of the world population own smartphones, which are equipped with powerful CPUs, cameras, GPS, Wi-Fi and other technologies. A recent study suggests using a smartphone for computation and sensing of a robot. OpenBot: system overview. Image credit: Matthias ...

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You’ll Experience 200 Times More Radiation Standing on the Moon than Standing on the Earth

January 31, 2021, will mark 50 years since the launch of Apollo 14. This historic mission was the first to broadcast a color television signal from the surface of the Moon and marked the heroic return to space of America’s first astronaut, Alan Shepard, who famously hit two golf balls off of the lunar regolith. While the significance of Apollo ...

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