Daily Archives: 17.02.2021

BMW backing brings blockchain startup Vendia’s total funding to £15 million

BMW i Ventures was among the investors to join Vendia’s series A funding round for its serverless SaaS (software as a service) blockchain solution, which raised $15.5 million (£11.2m) and brought their total funds raised to $20.6m (£15m). The investment was led by Canvas Ventures, with participation from BMW i Ventures and Sorenson Ventures, who joined earlier seed round investors ...

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover: The Most Ambitious Space Mission Ever?

When it comes to Mars exploration, NASA has more success than any other agency. This week, they’ll attempt to land another sophisticated rover on the Martian surface to continue the search for evidence of ancient life. The Mars Perseverance rover will land on Mars on Thursday, February 18th, and it’s bringing some very ambitious technologies with it. Whatever your opinion ...

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Ryanair to appeal EU court ruling on state aid

Ryanair has filed a total of 16 lawsuits against the European Commission Ryanair has today lost its fight against state aid granted to flag carriers including rivals Air France and SAS after a top European court said such schemes amid the Covid-19 pandemic were not discriminatory. Ryanair said it will now refer the issue to the Court of Justice of ...

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Spacelift Raises $6M Series A To Keep Companies Online

Spacelift, a startup that automates IT infrastructure, has raised $6 million in a Series A round, the company announced Thursday. Based in Redwood City and Warsaw, Poland, Spacelift provides a platform for team collaboration to manage a company’s cloud infrastructure simultaneously. The company’s “infrastructure-as-a-code” platform lets teams build and test applications without risking their operations going offline, according to a ...

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SpaceX Launches Six-Times-Flown Falcon 9, Misses Drone Ship Landing

B1059 roars aloft at 10:59 p.m. EST Monday, with the Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team at Daytona Beach, Fla., visible in the foreground. Photo Credit: Mike Killian/AmericaSpace SpaceX has delivered another 60-strong batch of Starlink internet communications satellites into low-Earth orbit, following Monday night’s successful launch of a seasoned Falcon 9 booster from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral ...

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Groundbreaking New Drug for Treating Obesity Reduces Bodyweight by 20%

Findings of a recent, major international study, funded by the company Novo Nordisk and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, show that a drug called semaglutide could become a game-changer in the treatment of obesity, and help in cutting down on the global burden of disease, including COVID-19. The phase III randomised controlled trial enrolled a total of ...

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Synspective releases the first image from its small SAR satellite “StriX-α”

(16 February 2021 – Synspective) Synspective, a SAR satellite data and analytic- solution provider, has announced its first success on the first image acquisition from its first own SAR satellite “StriX-α”. This is the first success in Japan that a commercial SAR satellite (100kg class) image has obtained from space. “StriX-α” was launched by Rocket Lab’s Electron, from New Zealand’s ...

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