Daily Archives: 10.02.2021

People on PUP facing reduced tax credits

Revenue is collecting tax owed on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment payments for 2021 by reducing people’s tax credits The Director of Public Policy at Chartered Accountants Ireland has said Revenue will collect the tax owed on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) for 2021 by reducing people’s tax credits when they return to work. Brian Keegan said that this is the ...

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Falcon Heavy to Lift First Lunar Gateway Elements NET May 2024, NASA Announces

SpaceX’s gigantic Falcon Heavy will launch the initial elements of the Gateway towards lunar orbit no sooner than May 2024 to kick off a prolonged phase of robotic and human exploration of our closest celestial neighbor. The triple-barreled rocket—which first flew amid great fanfare three years ago, this week—will rise from historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) ...

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NASA’s first mission to the Trojan asteroids installs its final scientific instrument

(9 February 2021 – NASA Goddard) With less than a year to launch, NASA’s Lucy mission’s third and final scientific instrument has been integrated onto the spacecraft. The spacecraft, which will be the first to explore the Trojan asteroids — a population of small bodies that share an orbit with Jupiter — is in the final stages of the assembly ...

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BIS survey explores central banks’ ongoing plans for digital currencies worldwide

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has found in a new report that more and more countries are moving into advanced stages of development for central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) – with the likelihood of implementation within the next decade growing globally. CBDCs are central bank-issued digital money denominated in the national unit of account. They differ from existing forms ...

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A New Technique to Find Cold Gas Streams That Might Make up the Missing (Normal) Matter in the Universe

Where is all the missing matter? That question has plagued astronomers for decades, because the Universe looks emptier than it should, given current theories about its makeup. Most of the Universe (70%) appears to be composed of Dark Energy, the mysterious force which is causing the Universe’s rate of expansion to increase. Another 25% of the Universe is Dark Matter, ...

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Frail people with COVID-19 are three times more likely to die from the infection

COVID-19 is a very dangerous disease, but risks are not equal to everyone. Older people are facing higher risks of complications from COVID-19 and should be protected more. Now scientists at the University of Birmingham have shown that frail individuals are much more likely to die from COVID-19. Frail old people are in an extreme risk group in this COVID-19 ...

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Donohoe warns of consequences of Ulster Bank withdrawal

NatWest is expected to give an update on its strategic review of Ulster Bank next week The Minister for Finance has said a sudden withdrawal by Ulster Bank from the Irish market would be “very serious” for the economy, employment and credit. Addressing the Oireachtas Budgetary Oversight Committee, Paschal Donohoe said he is taking the concerns over the bank’s future ...

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Musk’s Doge, Bitcoin Tweets May Spur Double-Digit Returns – Report

Elon Musk. Source: a video screenshot. Billionaire and Tesla‘s head Elon Musk’s Twitter activity is not only stirring controversy, but it also triggers abnormal trading volumes and double-digit returns, according to a recent paper by the Blockchain Research Lab (BRL). Musk, owner of a Twitter account with 45.5m followers, continues to move markets through his never-ending stream of opinions on ...

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Metalenz Puts $10M Series A Into Focus With Investment From Intel and 3M

Metalenz, a developer of meta-optic technologies for new lenses, has secured a $10 million Series A as the company looks to exit stealth and have its chips deployed in smartphones and mobile devices later this year. The round included investments from 3M Ventures, Applied Ventures LLC, Intel Capital, M Ventures and TDK Ventures, along with Tsingyuan Ventures and Braemar Energy ...

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