Daily Archives: 26.11.2020

Chainalysis secures $100m series C funding to scale with crypto surge

Chainalysis, a provider of blockchain data and analysis across multiple sectors, has raised $100 million (£74.9m) in series C funding – citing a ‘surging’ cryptocurrency market as key to future investment. The funding round is the second for the New York-based company this year, having extended its series B to $49m in July. “As institutional dollars flow into this newly ...

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Satelligence raises investment to transform global commodity supply chains and eradicate deforestation

(23 November 2020 – Satelligence) Agritech company Satelligence has raised $2.3 million from Dutch tech and impact investor 4impact and the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme to enable more clients to improve their mitigation of environmental and social risk in agricultural commodity production. Satelligence leverages insights based on satellite and supply chain asset data, machine learning and human intelligence. Tackling ...

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New Zealand’s First Rocket Launch to Space!

Earlier this week, the island nation of New Zealand accomplished a historic first. On Wednesday, May 24th at 16:20 p.m. NZST – 00:20 a.m. EDT; May 23rd, 21:20 p.m. PDT – the country joined the small club of nations that have space launch capability. Taking off from a launch pad located on the Mahia Peninsula (on the North Island), the ...

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No changes to Central Bank’s mortgage rules

Central Bank Governor Gabriel Makhlouf warns that the shock from Covid-19 ‘hasn’t played out completely’ The Central Bank has today left its key rules on mortgage lending unchanged and also extended its relaxation of certain regulations on bank reserves into next year. However, the Governor of the Central Bank warned the situation facing the economy is still “very challenging” with ...

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Object-centered image stitching

Image stitching is the creation of a single image from a set of images. It is nowadays used in Google StreetView, satellite maps, or panorama creation apps. However, this task cannot be considered solved as current algorithms often produce images where objects are duplicated, cropped, or deleted. A recent paper on arXiv.org suggests an improved way to make composite images. ...

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Mitochondrial changes key to health problems in space

(25 November 2020 – NASA Ames) Living in space isn’t easy. There are notable impacts on the biology of living things in the harsh environment of space. A team of scientists has now identified a possible underlying driver of these impacts: the powerhouse of the cell, called mitochondria, experiences changes in activity during spaceflight. Recently published in the journal Cell, ...

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RocketLab Recovers a First-Stage Booster for the First Time: “Return to Sender”

In recent years, one of the most impressive developments for space exploration has been the rise of the commercial space industry (aka. NewSpace). Beyond fulfilling contracts with space agencies like NASA to provide commercial and crewed launch services, private aerospace companies are also fostering innovation that is helping to reduce the cost of sending payloads to space. Take RocketLab, the ...

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Call for all pubs to be allowed reopen in December

250 ‘wet’ pubs in Dublin will have been kept shut for 260 consecutive days by December 1 The chief executive of the Vintners Federation of Ireland has said that all pubs should be allowed re-open in December because the guidelines are the same for food and non-food pubs. Padraig Cribben said he was hearing “all kinds of nonsense” about the ...

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