Daily Archives: 22.10.2020

Appeal for retailers to stick to Level 5 rules

Retail Excellence calls for ‘level playing field’ for all involved in the retail industry amid Covid-19 restrictions The Government and Retail Excellence have both appealed to shop owners to abide by the rules amid reports that some non-essential retailers are justifying opening by stocking small amounts of items classed as essential, while some essential retailers are continuing to sell items ...

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Risk-Aware Decision Making in Service Robots to Minimize Risk of Patient Falls in Hospitals

A rise of frail patients in hospitals and high patient-to-nurse ratios can be a significant problem in healthcare. Robots capable of assisting patients in moving and preventing falls can help to ensure the safety of patients. A recent study proposes a risk-aware planning framework. It combines learning-based and model-based methods to predict the trajectory of a patient. A novel risk-aware ...

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Q&A: A Look Inside The Black Venture Institute

Recent uproar over America’s history of social injustice has ignited several initiatives aimed at providing inclusion and equity for Black founders. One of the newest initiatives is addressing the lack of access and resources to becoming a venture capitalist. Last week, BLCK VC, Operator Collective, Salesforce Ventures 1 and Berkeley Haas School of Business announced the Black Venture Institute, an ...

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Firefly Aerospace announces new customer agreements, completes Stage 1 acceptance testing ahead of first Alpha launch

(20 October 2020 – Firefly Aerospace) Firefly Aerospace today announced the successful acceptance test of the first stage of its Alpha launch vehicle for its inaugural flight later this year, and the execution of new customer agreements. Firefly has signed a Launch Services Agreement (LSA) with Spire Global (Spire) for the launch of Lemur spacecraft on the Alpha launch vehicle. ...

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Soyuz brings three space station fliers back to Earth

STORY WRITTEN FOR  & USED WITH PERMISSION The descent module of the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft after landing in Kazakhstan. Credit: NASA TV / Spaceflight Now One week after two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut arrived at the International Space Station, the three crew members they’re replacing strapped into their own Soyuz spacecraft, undocked and returned to Earth Wednesday with a landing ...

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Brexit and Covid-19 major challenges for 2021 – Ibec

Ibec says that remote working will trigger long-term changes in almost a third of organisations surveyed Over two thirds of businesses believe economic unpredictability triggered by Covid-19 and Brexit will be a major challenge in 2021 with varying impacts depending on the sector concerned, according to the latest survey by the employer body Ibec.   However, the Ibec HR Update 2020, ...

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Bio-Inspired Mole-Like Drilling Robot

New natural resources, such rare earth elements, are being explored due to the development of electronic instruments. Also, new drilling systems for planetary exploration are in demand. Current technologies of drilling are bulky, not suitable for shallow depths and soft grounds, and remove excavated soil by non-ecologically friendly ways. One way to overcome the limitations of previous systems is to ...

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What Would a Realistic Space Battle Look Like?

Science fiction space movies can do a poor job of educating people about space. In the movies, hot-shot pilots direct their dueling space ships through space as if they’re flying through an atmosphere. They bank and turn and perform loops and rolls, maybe throw in a quick Immelman, as if they’re subject to Earth’s gravity. Is that realistic? No. In ...

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