Daily Archives: 20.11.2020

Sentinel-6A, Starlink Missions Primed for Weekend Launch Double-Header

Inside SpaceX’s Payload Processing Facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the U.S.-European Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ocean-monitoring satellite is being encapsulated in the SpaceX Falcon 9 payload fairing on Nov. 3, 2020. Photo Credit: NASA SpaceX stands ready to make personal-best-beating history this coming weekend, with a pair of back-to-back missions from the West Coast at Vandenberg Air Force ...

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Beyond “Fermi’s Paradox” IX: What is the Brief Window Hypothesis?

Welcome back to our Fermi Paradox series, where we take a look at possible resolutions to Enrico Fermi’s famous question, “Where Is Everybody?” Today, we examine the possibility that we haven’t heard from aliens because intelligent life only survives for so long. In 1950, Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi sat down to lunch with some of his colleagues at the Los ...

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Abacus.AI Lands $22M Series B

Artificial intelligence startup Abacus.AI has raised $22 million in a Series B round led by Coatue, the company announced Wednesday.  With Abacus.AI, an organization’s team of developers–with access to the organization’s data–can use its platform to create deep-learning systems that can make accurate predictions without having to invest the time and resources to do so from scratch. “You can imagine ...

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Bayer explores agricultural blockchain network with BlockApps

Enterprise blockchain platform provider BlockApps has launched the TraceHarvest Network in collaboration with pharmaceutical giant Bayer. The initiative is claimed to be the first blockchain solution of its kind to track and trace the full lifecycle of agricultural products beginning with the seed source. Other solutions are available, about which this publication has reported, including Cargill and Agrocorp’s test to ...

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Elliott makes new takeover bid for Aryzta – reports

The reported move for Aryzta comes as its CEO Kevin Toland steps down Elliott Management has made a new takeover bid for ailing Irish-Swiss baking company Aryzta, people with knowledge of the matter have said. Bloomberg has reported that Elliott proposed an offer of about 0.80 Swiss francs per share in recent weeks and reiterated its interest in the past ...

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Reactive Human-to-Robot Handovers of Arbitrary Objects

Human-robot handing is a useful feature that can be especially helpful for older people or people with disabled mobility. Such a system may be constrained in approach directions by the human’s pose and requires motions that are intuitive and feel safe for humans. A recent paper suggests a vision-based system for human-robot handovers suitable for unknown objects. Industrial robot. Image ...

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Rocket Lab recovers booster after launch with 30 small satellites

Rocket Lab’s Electron launcher blasts off from New Zealand with 30 small satellites. Credit: Rocket Lab Rocket Lab says the first stage of its Electron launcher splashed down under parachute in the Pacific Ocean off New Zealand after firing into space with 30 small satellites Thursday, becoming only the second private company to return an orbital-class booster to Earth intact. ...

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The First Civilization We Contact Will Have Been Around Much Longer Than Humanity

Recently at UT, author Matt Williams has been writing a series called “Beyond Fermi’s Paradox”, which takes a look at possible resolutions to one of the most famous questions in science: “Where is everybody?”  As Matt discusses, there are multiple hypothetical solutions, but there may eventually come a day when we can definitively answer it. Consideration of that day opens ...

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