Daily Archives: 11.01.2021

Ready for Space Station: Remembering STS-72, 25 Years On

Leroy Chiao (foreground) works in Endeavour’s payload bay during one of the STS-72 EVAs. Photo Credit: NASA A quarter-century ago, today, six astronauts began an ambitious mission which put virtually all of the Space Shuttle’s capabilities—satellite deployment and retrieval, rendezvous and proximity operations, research and Extravehicular Activity (EVA)—to the test, as well as providing a great insight into the work ...

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Over 17,000 jobs lost in Enterprise Ireland firms

Enterprise Ireland has reported a net drop in employment of 872 for 2020 Nearly 16,500 jobs were created by Enterprise Ireland (EI) backed companies last year, similar to 2019 levels. But the twin challenges of Covid-19 and Brexit meant when the 17,368 jobs that were lost in Enterprise Ireland client businesses were taken into account, there was a net drop in ...

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Playing with Food: Learning Food Item Representations through Interactive Exploration

In order to successfully manipulate food items, robots have to know their material properties. This task is difficult and time-consuming for robotic systems, but humans can accomplish it by vision or touch. A recent study on arXiv.org suggests distinguishing properties between food items using multimodal sensor data from interactive robot exploration.  Image credit: G.steph.rocket via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0) The ...

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More Bad News Coming For XRP Proves Crypto Market Matured

Source: Adobe/piter2121 There are more bad news coming for XRP, following the recent lawsuit filed against major US-based blockchain company Ripple – as yet another major exchange stops trading, an investor sues Ripple looking to force a stock redemption, and the number of addresses with XRP 1m or more has dropped sharply. However, some argue that “the fall of XRP ...

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China to begin construction of space station this year

Components for the Long March 5B rocket that will launch the core module of China’s space station. Credit: CASC The core section of China’s space station is scheduled to launch in the next several months, the first of 11 missions carrying lab elements, cargo, and astronauts to the fledgling outpost over the next two years, according to Chinese space program ...

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