Daily Archives: 25.02.2021

Electric Raises $40M To Help SMBs With IT Needs

Electric closed a $40 million Series C as the New York-based company looks to be the IT department for companies too small to have their own. The round was led by Greenspring Associates, with participation from Electric’s existing investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, GGV Capital, 01 Advisors and Primary Venture Partners. The company has raised more than $100 million since ...

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Stuck propulsion valve delays second SLS test-firing

One of the SLS core stage’s four RS-25 engines during a wet dress rehearsal in December. Credit: NASA A troublesome liquid oxygen valve on the Space Launch System’s first flight-rated core stage will keep NASA from performing a second test-firing of the rocket’s four main engines this week. NASA hoped to conduct the second hotfire test on SLS core stage ...

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Watch Stunning New Onboard Video of Perseverance’s Incredible Landing on Mars

Perseverance’s touchdown on Mars. Photos: NASA/JPL Since its successful landing on February 18 in Jezero Crater, mission scientists for the Perseverance rover have been providing updates on the status of the rover, and so far everything seems to continue to go well. Today, NASA held a media briefing to show the amazing video footage of the landing, new images from ...

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Icon buys PRA Health Sciences in $12bn deal

The combined company will remain headquartered in Dublin Irish contract research firm Icon is to buy rival PRA Health Sciences in a deal valued at about $12bn, expanding into virtual clinical trials that use patient data from mobile apps and wearable devices. The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted clinical trial enrollment and forced companies to adopt virtual trials or those that used new methods ...

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Titan’s Atmosphere Recreated in an Earth Laboratory

Beyond Earth, the general scientific consensus is that the best place to search for evidence of extraterrestrial life is Mars. However, it is by no means the only place. Aside from the many extrasolar planets that have been designated as “potentially-habitable,” there are plenty of other candidates right here in our Solar System. These include the many icy satellites that ...

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Volvo owner Geely and Concordium announce joint venture for China blockchain services

Volvo owner Geely Holding and Switzerland-based Concordium have signed a joint venture deal that will provide Chinese customers with blockchain technology that can be used to build new business models and create decentralised applications. The joint venture, which is expected to be operational later this year after regulatory approval is secured, will use Concordium’s blockchain technology to help customers build ...

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HAIR: Head-mounted AR Intention Recognition

Communicating the mutual intentions in augmented reality human-robot interaction is necessary to complete a team task. Previous work either focused on helping humans to understand robot intentions or require bulky and expensive systems. A recent paper on arXiv.org proposes a system that evaluates the intentions of the human in a scenario between a single human and an industrial manipulator. Industrial ...

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