Daily Archives: 23.10.2020

SPAINSAT NG programme successfully passes Preliminary Design Review (PDR)

(22 October 2020 – Thales) The SPAINSAT NG programme, owned and operated by Hisdesat, has successfully passed the preliminary design review (PDR) of the payloads and the full satellite, including PDR of Pacis 3 elements. SPAINSAT NG is being manufactured by a consortium of four co-primes from Airbus in Spain and France, and Thales Alenia Space in Spain and France. ...

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Employment in western counties hit harder by Covid

Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Leitrim, Limerick, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo are more heavily reliant on micro-enterprises, Central Bank research shows A new analysis by the Central Bank finds that counties in the west and along the Atlantic Economic Corridor suffered a greater initial employment shock when Covid-19 restrictions were introduced earlier this year. This is because of pre-existing employment patterns ...

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Scientists Think They Know What Caused the Deadliest Mass Extinction in the History of the Earth

Humanity can have a love/hate relationship with itself, but there’s no denying that we’re the pinnacle of evolution on Earth as things stand now. But it took an awfully long time for evolution to produce beings such as we. Several times, life had to drag itself back from near annihilation. The largest extinction setback was the Permian-Triassic extinction, also called ...

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Victim Stung for BTC 22 as DoppelPaymer Scammers Claim Latest Victim

Source: Adobe/Shutter2U A hapless victim has reportedly forked out a whopping BTC 22 – worth over USD 263,000 – to DoppelPaymer ransomware scammers, per data published by tracking website ScamAlert. Earlier this year, antivirus software developer Avast warned that there had been a recent resurgence in scammers making use of the notorious ransomware. Like other, similar malware, DoppelPaymer locks the ...

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The Briefing: RVShare Raises Over $100M, Google Disputes Charges, And More

Here’s what you need to know today in startup and venture news, updated by the Crunchbase News staff throughout the day to keep you in the know. RVShare raises over $100M for RV rentals RVShare, an online marketplace for RV rentals, reportedly raised over $100 million in a financing led by private equity firms KKR and Tritium Partners. Akron, Ohio-based ...

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Rocket Lab calls off launch attempt in New Zealand

Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket is seen venting oxygen vapors during a countdown in New Zealand on Wednesday (U.S. time). Credit: Rocket Lab Rocket Lab canceled a launch attempt Wednesday in New Zealand to evaluate unexpected sensor data, postponing a mission that will deliver 10 small commercial Earth-imaging satellites to orbit. The California-based rocket company was planning to launch the mission ...

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Consumer sentiment slides as Covid-19 climbs

The KBC Bank Ireland consumer sentiment index fell to 52.6 in October from 60.7 in September (Photo: RollingNews.ie) Consumer sentiment slumped in October on sharply increased concerns about the potential impact on household finances and jobs of a renewed surge in Covid-19 cases and the prospect of related restrictions on economic activity. The KBC Bank Ireland consumer sentiment index fell ...

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Robot stably swings objects into specific poses

In a topsy-turvy world, we humans often take for granted our ability to pick up and handle objects of different weights and sizes. We’ve probably all had the experience of picking up a suitcase that we assume is quite heavy and realizing that it’s completely empty. A key reason we can pick up and manipulate objects we’ve never seen before ...

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Astronomers Challenge Recent Findings About Venus. “No Statistically Significant Detection of Phosphine”

In September, a team of scientists reported finding phosphine in the upper atmosphere of Venus. Phosphine can be a biomarker and is here on Earth. But it’s also present on Jupiter, where it’s produced abiotically. The discovery led to conjecture about what kind of life might survive in Venus’ atmosphere, continually producing the easily-degraded phosphine. The authors of that study ...

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