Daily Archives: 06.03.2021

Perseverance rover aces first test drive on Mars

This image was taken during the first drive of NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars on March 4, 2021, shortly after its first drive after landing. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Two weeks into its mission of exploration on Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover has completed its first test drive and returned some 7,000 images from its station in Jezero Crater, including mesmerizing vistas of ...

Read More »

Helping soft robots turn rigid on demand

New type of control system may broaden robots’ range of tasks and allow safer interactions with people. Imagine a robot. Perhaps you’ve just conjured a machine with a rigid, metallic exterior. While robots armored with hard exoskeletons are common, they’re not always ideal. Soft-bodied robots, inspired by fish or other squishy creatures, might better adapt to changing environments and work ...

Read More »

Analysis: The increasing scope of UK cryptocurrency regulation

Analysis With the price of Bitcoin rising past US$50,000 in February, the profile of – and investor interest in – cryptoassets continues to increase. With this, the global regulatory landscape is swiftly evolving with recent calls for cryptocurrency to be subject to tightened rules and HM Treasury releasing an important new consultation. Less than three years ago, Parliament’s Treasury Committee ...

Read More »

A New Study Says That Betelgeuse Won’t Be Exploding Any Time Soon

I have stood under Orion The Hunter on clear evenings willing its star Betelgeuse to explode. “C’mon, blow up!” In late 2019, Betelgeuse experienced an unprecedented dimming event dropping 1.6 magnitude to 1/3 its max brightness. Astronomers wondered – was this dimming precursor to supernova? How cosmically wonderful it would be to witness the moment Betelgeuse explodes. The star ripping ...

Read More »

Cutting Edge: Remembering Columbia’s STS-62 Mission, OTD in 1994

Tropical Storm Owen vividly backdrops Columbia’s silhouetted payload bay, aft bulkhead and vertical stabilizer during STS-62. Photo Credit: NASA Almost three decades ago, a quintet of veteran astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Columbia sailed through a mission which their launch announcer called “the cutting edge of microgravity research”. Video Credit: NASA, via National Space Society STS-62 Commander John Casper, Pilot Andy ...

Read More »

DispatchHealth Brings In $200M, Aims To Build Largest System Of In-Home Medical Care

DispatchHealth, a provider of in-home medical care, secured a valuation of $1.7 billion following a round of $200 million in Series D funding. The new funding announcement comes less than a year after the Denver-based company banked $135.8 million in a Series C in June 2020. “We’ve built one of the most comprehensive in-home care companies in the market,” Mark ...

Read More »

Sixth mirror cast for Giant Magellan Telescope

(5 March 2021 – Giant Magellan Telescope) The Giant Magellan Telescope has announced fabrication of the sixth of seven of the world’s largest monolithic mirrors. These mirrors will allow astronomers to see farther into the universe with more detail than any other optical telescope before. The sixth 8.4-meter (27.5 feet) mirror — about two stories high when standing on edge ...

Read More »