Daily Archives: 29.10.2020

High Acceleration Reinforcement Learning for Real-World Juggling with Binary Rewards

Using deep reinforcement learning in robots may be a more efficient alternative to preprogrammed movements and enable robots to perform more challenging tasks. Nevertheless, learning on physical systems must not damage the robot. A recent paper focuses on the task of juggling two balls. It cannot be simulated as high accelerations are required, and non-linear effects and dynamic contacts occur. ...

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Bitcoin Outperformed by Ethereum But Still Has More Holders Profiting

Source: Adobe/stockphoto-graf Even though bitcoin (BTC) was outperformed by several major coins in the past year, including ethereum (ETH), there are still more BTC holders ‘in the money.’ This information is provided by the set of tools, developed by blockchain analytics firm Into The Block. Among the top 10 coins by market capitalization, it is available for seven coins: BTC, ...

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‘Zero-G and I Feel Fine’: Remembering John Glenn’s Return to Space, OTD in 1998

Since 29 October 1998, John Glenn has been (and remains) the only septuagenarian ever to have flown into space. Photo Credit: NASA Records are there to be broken, it is often said, and generally astronauts who set records—whether for age, number of flights, cumulative time spent in space or Extravehicular Activity (EVA)—desire them to be broken quickly. “If we don’t ...

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What Martian Settlers Need to Know About Soil Can Teach us How to Grow Better on Earth

When human beings start living in space for extended periods of time they will need to be as self-sufficient as possible. The same holds true for settlements built on the Moon, on Mars, and other bodies in the Solar System. To avoid being entirely dependent on resupply missions from Earth (which is costly and time-consuming) the inhabitants will need to ...

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Salto Inks $27M In Funding To Improve Business Operations

Israeli startup Salto emerged from stealth Tuesday with its SaaS tool for business application configuration supported by $27 million in Series A funding. Bessemer Venture Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures 1 led the round, which is the company’s first institutional funding since Benny Schnaider, Gil Hoffer and Rami Tamir founded the company in 2019. Salto provides a dashboard ...

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Tesco to create 450 permanent jobs nationwide

The supermarket chain said 120 of the new positions will be based in Cork Tesco Ireland has announced that it is to create 450 permanent jobs across the country, 120 of them to be based in Cork. The supermarket chain is also generating 700 temporary positions for the Christmas trading period and is already recruiting for these positions. Announcing the jobs, ...

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Rocket Lab successfully launches satellites for Planet and Canon

An Electron rocket lifts off from Rocket Lab’s launch base in New Zealand with 10 small satellites for Planet and Canon. Credit: Rocket Lab An experimental satellite for Canon Electronics and nine Earth-imaging CubeSats for Planet fired into orbit from New Zealand on Wednesday on top of a Rocket Lab Electron booster, taking the place of similar spacecraft destroyed in ...

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Modeling and Validation of Soft Robotic Snake Locomotion

Snake bodies are capable of navigating using a wide range of locomotion gaits. Therefore, snake-inspired robots can traverse challenging terrains, move through tight spaces, and perform operations such as inspection, search, and rescue. However, most of the current soft robotic snakes can perform only planar gaits. Image credit: Dimuthu D. Arachchige et al., arXiv:2010.11476 A recent study proposes a novel ...

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ISS Crew Return Safely to Earth

On the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 21st, the crew of Expedition 63 finally returned to Earth after spending Arrived196 days in space. It all began when NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy (commander) and Russian cosmonauts Ivan Vagner and Anatoly Ivanishin (both flight engineers) departed the International Space Station (ISS) aboard their Soyuz spacecraft at 07:32 PM EDT (04:32 PM PDT) and ...

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Crunchbase News Analysis: Investor Cohort Funding Through The Pandemic

Alarm bells were sounded in March this year that companies needed to get ready for a changed business environment and prepare for an 18-month runway, with no expectations of being able to raise funding. It became apparent quite quickly that while some companies had their markets wiped out overnight (especially in travel, recruiting and events), others experienced increased demand as ...

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