Daily Archives: 04.03.2021

Surgical robots developed by Vanderbilt could make radical prostatectomy safer and less invasive

Researchers at the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering have developed a minuscule robot that could revolutionize surgical procedures for treating prostate cancer, which affects one in nine men in the United States. Using a lifelike model, the team demonstrated that the surgical robot could not only remove the prostate gland and tissues through the urethra but also accomplish the difficult ...

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Ryanair to restart eight Belfast City Airport routes

Ryanair to make a return to Belfast City Airport after 11 years Ryanair has said it will restart flights from Belfast City Airport this summer after it stopped flying from the airport 11 years ago. The airline said it will launch eight new routes for summer 2021, which will connect Belfast to Malaga, Mallorca, Faro, Alicante, Barcelona, Ibiza, Milan Bergamo ...

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SpaceX Launches Starlink-17, Lands Now 8x-Flown Rocket

Starlink 17 launches into low clouds. Credit: USAF 45th Space Wing SpaceX has successfully launched its second 8x-flown Falcon 9 booster in a cloudy Thursday morning launch to deliver another 60 Starlink internet communications satellites into low-Earth orbit. Liftoff of the veteran B1049 core—which joins sister B1051 as one of SpaceX’s life-leading boosters—occurred from historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy ...

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NASA Invests in a Plan to Build Landing Pads and Other Structures on the Moon out of Regolith

Materials are a crucial yet underappreciated component of any space exploration program.  Without novel materials and ways to make them, things that are commonplace today, such as a Falcon 9 rocket or the Mars rovers, would never have been possible.  As humanity expands into the solar system, it will need to make more use of the materials found there – ...

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Aries becomes next Hyperledger project graduating to active status

The Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee (TSC) has approved Hyperledger Aries as the latest of Hyperledger’s projects to graduate from incubation to active status. Hyperledger Aries provides tool kits designed to build interopable and verifiable credentials for secure communication without a central authority. The Aries project grew out of the need for protocols and open source tools to enable verifiable credentials, ...

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DigitalOcean Files For IPO Among A Sea Of SPACs

Cloud computing company DigitalOcean filed for a $100 million IPO on Thursday, revealing growing revenue and steady losses. DigitalOcean’s platform offers tools for companies, particularly developers, startups, and small and medium-sized businesses. The company, which is based in New York, last raised a $50 million Series C led by Access Industries in May 2020. Investors in DigitalOcean include Fortress Investment ...

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Davy apologises: ‘deeply regrets shortcomings’

The Central Bank yesterday fined Davy €4.13m for breaching market rules in relation to a transaction involving the broker’s own staff   The Board of Davy has issued a public statement in response to yesterday’s €4.13m fine by the Central Bank for breaking market rules on conflicts of interest. The firm said it “deeply regrets the shortcomings that emerged from the ...

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Heavy rain affects object detection by autonomous vehicle LiDAR sensors

Future fully autonomous vehicles will rely on sensors to operate, one type of these sensors is LiDAR. LiDAR sensor’s effectiveness in detecting objects at a distance in heavy rain decreases, researchers from WMG, University of Warwick have found. The WMG 3xD simulator, used to test the LiDAR sensors. Credit: WMG, University of Warwick High level autonomous vehicles (AVs) are promised ...

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Riding a Giant Spring: Remembering Apollo 9, OTD in 1969

For the first time in the Apollo program, the Command and Service Module (CSM) and Lunar Module (LM) were flown by humans, autonomously, on the Apollo 9 mission. Photo Credit: NASA As NASA prepares a second time to “hot-fire” the Core Stage of the largest and most powerful rocket in the world—the Space Launch System (SLS)—we can look back with ...

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