Daily Archives: 04.02.2021

Virgin Orbit adds two seasoned pros to executive team

(4 February 2021 – Virgin Orbit) Virgin Orbit announced today the addition of two well-respected space industry leaders to its executive team. Kirk Pysher has joined the company as its new Vice President of Mission Assurance, Quality and Safety, and Janice Starzyk as Vice President of Government Operations. The announcement comes on the heels of Virgin Orbit’s successful orbital launch ...

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Uncertainty growing on Ulster Bank’s future here – FSU

Ulster Bank CEO, Jane Howard The Financial Services Union has said uncertainty is growing over the future of Ulster Bank’s operations in the Republic, following a meeting today between union officials and the chief executive of the bank, Jane Howard. The FSU described the meeting as “difficult and deeply troubling” and said it provided no reassurance for staff or customers ...

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SpaceX fires 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit, with more set to launch Friday

A Falcon 9 rocket climbs into a moonlit sky over Cape Canaveral after liftoff at 1:19 a.m. EST (0619 GMT) Thursday. Credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now Sixty more SpaceX-owned Starlink internet satellites rocketed through a moonlit winter sky over Cape Canaveral aboard a Falcon 9 launcher early Thursday, while another Falcon 9 stood on a different launch pad a few miles ...

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Ukraine Wants to Bolster its Budget with Nuclear-powered Crypto Mining

Source: Adobe/rootstocks The Ukrainian energy ministry is in advanced talks with a domestic crypto mining firm named Hotmine over a proposed deal to allow the company to build mining centers at more of the nation’s nuclear power plants. As reported late last month, the ministry, in conjunction with NAEC Energoatom – the state-run nuclear energy firm that manages Ukraine’s four ...

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Oyster Raises $20M To Allow Companies To Hire Anywhere

Oyster, a human resource platform, closed a $20 million Series A to help companies hire in more than 100 different countries. The round was led by Emergence Capital1, and comes less than a year after the company raised a $4.2 million seed round. Oyster’s platform helps companies deal with complex employment rules and regulations when hiring full-time employees and contractors ...

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MOBI releases second instalment of blockchain vehicle identity ledger

The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI), which collaborates with leading automakers such as Ford and BMW, has released the second iteration of its Vehicle Identity (VID) Standard blockchain technology. The release of the VID II Standard improves on the scope of the VID I Standard released back in 2019. The first iteration of VID served as a birth certificate to ...

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Commonsense Knowledge Mining from Term Definitions

Natural language understanding or question answering can considerably benefit from commonsense knowledge. However, generating broad and diverse common knowledge is still an open task. A recent paper on arXiv.org explores dictionary term definitions as a possible source of common knowledge.  Image credit: Kasharp via Wikimedia, CC-BY-SA-4.0 The English version of Wiktionary is used to extract phrases from term definitions. They ...

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Quintillion-ATLAS partnership brings polar orbiting satellite data to American soil

(2 February 2021 – ATLAS Space Operations) Today, Quintillion Networks and ATLAS Space Operations completed construction of the highest-latitude satellite ground station on US soil. This accomplishment is a significant step forward in the quest to close a critical gap in US security capabilities and provide ground station operations and downlink facilities for polar orbiting satellites. The ground station is ...

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