Daily Archives: 29.11.2020

China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft enters lunar orbit

Artist’s illustration of the Chang’e 5 spacecraft’s initial elliptical orbit around the moon. Credit: CCTV Five days after taking off on a heavy-lift Long March 5 rocket, China’s Chang’e 5 sample return spacecraft entered orbit around the moon Saturday, moving into position for a descent to the lunar surface in a bid to gather specimens and bring them back to ...

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Supercapacitors ready to deliver maximum power to space

(27 November 2020 – ESA) High-power supercapacitors – already found within terrestrial electric cars, trains, lifts and cranes – are on their way to space. An ESA-led project with Airbus Defence and Space developed and tested a supercapacitor design able to provide brief bursts of very high power levels to space missions as required. Potential uses might include operation of ...

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Virtual handshakes: Recruiting during a pandemic

Employers have been forced to use online platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams to virtually meet candidates. The process of recruiting and onboarding new employees has changed dramatically due to the pandemic.  In today’s world, jobseekers are greeted with a virtual handshake over Zoom, instead of the usual face-to-face interview. This new virtual experience can be daunting for both jobseekers ...

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Keeping Spacecraft on Course with Propellant Management Technologies

Rocket off course? It could be a slosh problem. Propellant slosh, to be exact. The motion of propellant inside a rocket-based launch vehicle or spacecraft tank is an ever-present, vexing problem for spaceflight. Not only can it make gauging the amount of available propellant difficult, but the volatile waves of liquid can literally throw a rocket off its trajectory. Carthage ...

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Japanese data relay satellite set for launch on H-2A rocket

A Japanese H-2A rocket stands on its launch pad at the Tanegashima Space Center, hours before a planned liftoff with a Japanese data relay satellite. Credit: MHI A Japanese satellite designed to relay data and imagery from civilian and military Earth observation spacecraft is set for liftoff Sunday aboard an H-2A rocket. The dual-use communications satellite is scheduled to ride ...

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Debenhams stock won’t be removed for 1 week – mediator

The move follows the appointment of Labour Court chairman Kevin Foley as a mediator in the dispute The joint liquidators of Debenhams Irish operation KPMG have undertaken not to attempt to remove stock from any of the stores for a week to allow engagement aimed at resolving the long-running dispute over redundancy payments. The move follows the appointment of Labour ...

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One of These Pictures Is the Brain, the Other is the Universe. Can You Tell Which is Which?

“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual.” – Carl Sagan “The Demon-Haunted ...

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Deep Smartphone Sensors-WiFi Fusion for Indoor Positioning and Tracking

While outdoor navigation services are widespread, there is no reliable and universal service for indoor positioning. A recent approach to tackle this problem has been recently published on arXiv.org. It employs a number of different sensors of a smartphone. Network sensors and observed landmarks allow estimating an absolute position. Then, motion and position sensors, such as accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer, ...

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South Korean Crypto Tax May Be Delayed after Parliamentary Intervention

Source: iStock/AaronChoi South Korean crypto investors could receive a welcome stay of execution from new crypto taxes – with parliamentarians pushing Seoul to postpone a much-maligned crypto tax reporting act. Per the Dong-a Ilbo, a leading South Korean parliamentary committee has made a late intervention in the matter, and will now seek to push through an extra three-month stay of ...

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