Daily Archives: 12.02.2021

US Congress Now Aims At Decentralized Services Too

Source: Adobe/Daniel Two members of the American Congressional Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence have challenged the decentralized blockchain-powered DLive platform to explain why it was hosting “extremist” content that incited Donald Trump supporters to storm the Capitol building early last month, and allowing streamers to earn crypto while doing so. As previously reported, groups have claimed that as many as ...

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A language learning system that pays attention — more efficiently than ever before

MIT researchers’ new hardware and software system streamlines state-of-the-art sentence analysis. Human language can be inefficient. Some words are vital. Others, expendable. Reread the first sentence of this story. Just two words, “language” and “inefficient,” convey almost the entire meaning of the sentence. The importance of keywords underlies a popular new tool for natural language processing (NLP) by computers: the ...

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Presale Platform Vivun Lands $35M From Enterprise Players Salesforce, Atlassian 

Four months after announcing its $18 million Series A, Oakland, California-based Vivun closed a $35 million Series B led by Menlo Ventures. The round also included new investors Salesforce Ventures 1 and Atlassian Ventures participating along with existing backers Accel and Unusual Ventures. Vivun works in a field of presales — something that may not be familiar to most, but has ...

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NASA seeking astronaut seat on Soyuz launch in April

The Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft docks with the International Space Station on Oct. 14, 2020, delivering three new crew members to the research complex. Credit: NASA NASA wants to fly an astronaut on Russia’s next Soyuz mission to the International Space Station in April, a measure the agency says would ensure a continued U.S. presence on the research outpost in case ...

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Featured: The Block’s list of innovative blockchain companies to look out for in 2021

Feature 2021 is going to be an exciting year for blockchain technologies. The launch of Ethereum 2.0, the ongoing volatility of Bitcoin and the intriguing use cases arising from DeFi will continue apace, while enterprise opportunities, from finance, to energy and sustainability, to the wider supply chain, remain. The Block has selected seven companies to feature for 2021. Read their ...

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Wide Range of Science Heading to Space Station on Next Cygnus Mission, NET 20 Feb

Only weeks after the departure of NG-14 in January, another Northrop Grumman Corp. Cygnus cargo ship is being readied for launch on 20 February. Photo Credit: NASA Only days after the NG-14 Cygnus ended its multi-month mission to the International Space Station (ISS), Northrop Grumman Corp. is readying another cargo ship to deliver a further 8,200-pound (3,700 kg) haul of ...

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UK economy suffers record 9.9% slump in 2020

New figures show that the UK’s GDP dropped by 9.9% last year Britain’s coronavirus-ravaged economy shrank 9.9% in 2020, the biggest annual fall in output since modern records began. But the UK avoided heading back towards recession in the final quarter of the year, official figures showed today. UK gross domestic product grew 1% between October and December versus the ...

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Perseverance Will Make Sure it has a Safe Landing

To casual observers, landing a rover on Mars can seem kind of like old news, believe it or not. Especially after all of NASA’s successes. But many are likely not aware of the so-called ‘Mars Curse.‘ The fact is, many of the spacecraft that attempt to land there fail and crash. Next to run the gauntlet of the Mars Curse ...

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Fabricating fully functional drones

From Star Trek’s replicators to Richie Rich’s wishing machine, popular culture has a long history of parading flashy machines that can instantly output any item to a user’s delight. While 3D printers have now made it possible to produce a range of objects that include product models, jewellery, and novelty toys, we still lack the ability to fabricate more complex devices ...

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