Daily Archives: 02.11.2020

We Can Do This: Remembering Expedition 1, 20 Years On (Part 2)

Twenty years ago today, Expedition 1 formally began the permanent occupancy of the International Space Station (ISS). From left to right are Bill Shepherd, Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev. Photo Credit: NASA Twenty years ago today, the first team of astronauts and cosmonauts arrived at the infant International Space Station (ISS) to begin a new era; one which would see ...

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Airbnb’s IPO Is A Big Deal For The Company. It’s Big For Y Combinator, Too.

Every batch of entrepreneurs that goes through prestigious startup accelerator Y Combinator nowadays hears founders from the same company speak: Airbnb. The co-founders of the company, which is set to go public this year, return to the accelerator where they got their start to speak to founders going through the process they did back in 2009, often staying for as ...

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New Simulation Shows Exactly What’s Happening as Neutron Stars Merge

Neutron stars are the remnants of massive stars that explode as supernovae at the end of their fusion lives. They’re super-dense cores where all of the protons and electrons are crushed into neutrons by the overpowering gravity of the dead star. They’re the smallest and densest stellar objects, except for black holes, and possibly other arcane, hypothetical objects like quark ...

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How Will Blockchain Technology Be Leveraged To Solve UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals? Can It Help Solve The World’s Most Pressing Social And Environmental Problems?

With the arrival of Blockchain technology and its potential to disrupt the status quo, we have a relatively new ‘fix’ (or at least some bandaids) for many of our most severe problems as a civilisation. We have not changed that much since we started farming communities in the Agricultural Age some 10,000 years ago, followed by the Industrial Revolution several ...

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Manufacturing activity expands slightly in October

The AIB IHS Markit manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 50.3 in October from September's reading of 50 Manufacturing expanded slightly in October, a survey showed today, as firms took on more staff for only the third time in the past twelve months despite increased Covid-19 restrictions hitting orders.  The AIB IHS Markit manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to ...

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This Robot Hawk can Fly Long-Distances and uses Less Power

Inspired by the northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), a team of researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, led by Enrico Ajanic, have built a 284-gram drone with a maximum wingspan of 1.05 metres. According to Ajanic, “multicopter drones can hover and move well, but can’t fly long distance”, whereas “winged drones can fly long distances, but aren’t very ...

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Something other than just gravity is contributing to the shape of dark matter halos

It now seems clear that dark matter interacts more than just gravitationally. Earlier studies have hinted at this, and a new study supports the idea even further. What’s interesting about this latest work is that it studies dark matter interactions through entropy. Entropy is a subtle and powerful concept in physics. It was first introduced as a property in thermodynamics, ...

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