Daily Archives: 11.11.2020

A Second Cable has Failed at Arecibo, Causing Even More Damage to the Radio Observatory

Another main cable that supports the Arecibo Observatory broke last week, falling onto the reflector dish and causing more damage. This is the second time a cable has snapped on the iconic radio observatory in just three months. The new damage is an unfortunate and devastating setback for the observatory, just as repairs from the first accident were about to ...

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New Chinese rocket successful in debut launch

Galactic Energy’s Ceres 1 rocket lifts off from the Jiuquan launch base in northwestern China on Saturday. Credit: Xinhua A new four-stage rocket operated by the Chinese launch company Galactic Energy succeeded on its inaugural flight Saturday, delivering a data relay microsatellite to an orbit 300 miles (500 kilometers) above Earth. The Ceres 1 rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan ...

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Airbnb Lines Up Public IPO Filing For 2020 Debut

Airbnb plans to make a public IPO filing next week, putting it on course for a New York stock market debut in December, according to a Reuters report on Thursday citing two people familiar with the matter. The hospitality unicorn’s planned debut is set to be one of the largest U.S. stock market listings of 2020. Notably, it’s occurring amid ...

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Dutch Central Bank Registers First Cryptocurrency Provider Amdax B.V. — Under European Guideline AMLD5

Based in the heart of the Netherlands financial world, Amsterdam-based Amdax B.V. has been given a green light and officially registered by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) as the first provider of cryptocurrency services in the Netherlands. The registration will allow AMDAX to process crypto transactions and store cryptocurrencies. The Dutch government has been somewhat bullish on cryptocurrencies and since May ...

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TikTok to create 200 jobs in Ireland by early 2021

TikTok allows users to create and share short videos that include different filters and backing tracks TikTok plans to hire 200 more people in Ireland over the next three months, having already grown its workforce here rapidly during the year. The Chinese social media company has announced plans to bring its employee numbers here to 1,100 by early 2021 – ...

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Robotic AI learns to be spontaneous

Autonomous functions for robots, such as spontaneity, are highly sought after. Many control mechanisms for autonomous robots are inspired by the functions of animals, including humans. Roboticists often design robot behaviours using predefined modules and control methodologies, which makes them task-specific, limiting their flexibility. Researchers offer an alternative machine learning-based method for designing spontaneous behaviors by capitalizing on complex temporal ...

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The Driest Place on Earth Could Help Predict How Life Might be Surviving on Mars

In the next few years, Mars will be visited by three new rovers, the Perseverance, Tianwen-1, and Rosalind Franklin missions. Like their predecessors – Pathfinder and Sojourner, Spirit and Opportunity, and Curiosity – these robotic missions will explore the surface, searching for evidence of past and present life. But even after years of exploring, an important question remains: where is ...

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NASA formally certifies SpaceX’s Crew Dragon for “operational” astronaut flights

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon “Resilience” spacecraft and its Falcon 9 rocket inside SpaceX’s hangar at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: SpaceX NASA officials gave approval Tuesday for SpaceX to begin regular crew rotation flights to the International Space Station with the launch of four astronauts set for Saturday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, signaling a transition from ...

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Hong Kong Slams Door on Retail Trading — Plans to Regulate Cryptocurrency Markets

In a massive crackdown on fraud and money-laundering, Hong Kong has announced a ban on the retail trading of digital currencies, and will now for all cryptocurrency exchanges to be licensed under new regulations. The new regulations will allegedly bring down the hammer on a massive amount of unregulated cryptocurrency trading in the city. Some pundits are noting that the ...

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Orbcomm launches next-generation, dual-mode ST 9100 terminal for diverse IoT applications

(10 November 2020 – Orbcomm) Orbcomm has launched the ST 9100, a next-generation, dual-mode telematics device targeted for monitoring and controlling assets in the most remote geographies around the world. The versatile device can be utilized for a wide variety of IoT applications such as vehicle security, fleet management, vessel monitoring, fisheries management as well as the remote monitoring of ...

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