Daily Archives: 13.02.2021

Are banks about to start charging us for our savings?

Negative rates could be introduced on personal deposits very soon, possibly starting with amounts as high as €500,000 with the threshold gradually reducing over time It may be hard to believe for those who availed of it, but it’s 20 years since Ireland’s arguably most famous and controversial savings scheme was launched. In an attempt to encourage people to take ...

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Teaching an old spacecraft new tricks to continue exploring the Moon

(11 February 2021 – NASA Goddard) NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has far exceeded its planned mission duration, revealing that the Moon holds surprises: ice deposits that could be used to support future lunar exploration, the coldest places in the solar system in permanently shadowed regions at the lunar poles, and that it is an active world that is ...

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Bitcoin Miners Buy Oversupplied Energy, Turn To Renewables – Nic Carter

Source: Adobe/Татьяна Палладина Bitcoin (BTC) mining leaves a climate footprint, but renewable energy accounts for a considerable share of the process, according to Nic Carter, Founding Partner of blockchain-focused venture capital (VC) firm Castle Island Ventures. “Bitcoin absolutely is an industry that consumes a lot of energy,” Carter said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “We needed to find a ...

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Creating Better Drugs: BigHat Biosciences Raises $19M Series A For Antibody Platform

BigHat Biosciences raised $19 million in an oversubscribed Series A funding round to integrate a wet lab with machine-learning technologies to guide the search for better antibodies, and as a result, better drug treatments, particularly in areas where no other treatments are available. Andreessen Horowitz led the round with participation from prior investors 8VC, 1 AME Cloud Ventures and Innovation ...

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Collective Worm and Robot “Blobs” Protect Individuals, Swarm Together

Individually, California blackworms live an unremarkable life eating microorganisms in ponds and serving as tropical fish food for aquarium enthusiasts. But together, tens, hundreds, or thousands of the centimetre-long creatures can collaborate to form a “worm blob,” a shape-shifting living liquid that collectively protects its members from drying out and helps them escape threats such as excessive heat. Large groups ...

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Visa partners with neobank First Boulevard for new crypto API initiative

Visa has chosen First Boulevard, a neobank with a focus on financially empowering the Black American community, as a partner for its new crypto API program anticipated to launch later this year. First Boulevard will be the first to pilot Visa’s suite of crypto APIs which will allow the neobank’s customers to purchase, hold, and trade digital assets held by ...

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NASA Goddard’s Core Flight Software Chosen for Lunar Gateway Operations

The first two pre-integrated elements of the Gateway will be launched no sooner than May 2024. Image Credit: NASA As NASA works toward implementing the Gateway later this decade, two of the agency’s key centers are working to achieve “Class A Certification” of the core Flight System (cFS) which will run the spacecraft’s day-to-day operations in Near-Rectilinear Halo Orbit (NRHO) ...

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December house price growth hits 17-month high of 2.2%

Home prices rose 1.2% in Dublin in December, today’s CSO figures show Residential property prices increased nationally by 2.2% in the year to December 2020, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, the fastest annual rate in 17 months.  This compares to an increase of 0.2% in the year to November. In the year to December 2019, ...

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ESA’s Solar Orbiter ‘Hides’ Behind the Sun

A deep-space mission is about to pull a ‘vanishing act,’ through mid-February, as the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter (affectionately known as ‘SolO’ to mission controllers) makes a crucial pass behind the Sun. The ‘occultation’ as seen from our Earthly vantage point is to be expected. ESA mission controllers prepared for the blackout phase for weeks in advance, uploading commands ...

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