Daily Archives: 08.02.2021

Grocery sales up 16.8% in January amid latest lockdown

Today's Kantar figures show that households with children spent €172 more on groceries in January with the return of home schooling New figures show that take-home grocery sales grew by 16.8% over the past four weeks as the country marked a full month of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.   Kantar said that with restaurants and bars closed for the past four ...

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GRASP Lab’s Coolest Robot Yet

Mark Yim, Asa Whitney Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has seen any number of innovative robots walk, fly, hop, roll and otherwise propel themselves about the GRASP Lab, where he serves as Ruzena Bajcsy Director. But the lab’s latest creation is, quite literally, its coolest yet: it’s made out of ice. ModLab, Yim’s own group within the GRASP Lab, focuses on modular ...

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Planet Mars, From Pole to Pole

A new image from the ESA’s Mars Express Orbiter shows exactly how different regions in Mars are from one another. From the cloudy northern polar region all the way to the Helles Planitia down in the south, Mars is a puzzle of different terrain types. At the heart of it all is what’s known as the Martian dichotomy. Mars from ...

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All Systems Go for OSIRIS-REx Departure from Asteroid Bennu and Historic Sample Return to Earth

Artist’s illustration of OSIRIS-REx leaving the asteroid Bennu on May 10, 2021. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has been a huge success. The spacecraft has been studying the asteroid Bennu in great detail, and last October, it collected samples of rock, sand and dust for later return to Earth. ...

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NASA awards launch services contract for SPHEREx astrophysics mission

(4 February 2021 – NASA) NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization, and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission. NASA’s Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission is targeted to launch in 2024. SPHEREx will ...

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