Daily Archives: 30.03.2021

Mars Spiders Form as Spring Arrives on Mars. But why?

A person suffering from arachnophobia might think their fear would stoked on a trip to Mars.  However, there is such a thing known colloquially as a Martian “spider”.  It is much more innocuous than the eight legged animal that strikes fear into the hearts of millions, but its origins have only been theorized until recently.  Now, a team led by ...

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Visa pilots use of USD Coin for settling transactions in industry first

Payments giant Visa has announced a significant industry first towards interconnecting digital and traditional fiat currencies with the use of USD Coin (USDC) to settle a Visa transaction. USDC is a stablecoin being developed by Centre with support from fintech firm Circle and digital currency exchange platform Coinbase. Visa is piloting the capability with Crypto.com, a Visa partner and one ...

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Cosmic Opportunities №25

New week, new opportunities. As always up to date and interesting information for our fellow readers. Hilary Terrell (Salazar) – 03’21 has marked that 11’20 she has left the “Planet”, she was Marketing Consultant, part-time. From 01’21 took office as Senior Director, Go to Market Enablement in “Box”. Giovanni Greco – 03’21 has left the “Blue Origin”, he was Senior ...

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Ulster Bank tops Financial Ombudsman complaints list

The Ombudsman’s office received 5,395 new complaints last year and closed a total of 6,193, an increase of 35% on 2019 Ulster Bank Ireland had more complaints against it upheld by the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman (FSPO) last year than any other financial services provider. In total, Ombudsman Ger Deering upheld 19 complaints against the lender – 13 partially, ...

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NASA begins final assembly of spacecraft destined for asteroid Psyche

(29 March 2021 – JPL) A major component of NASA’s Psyche spacecraft has been delivered to the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, where the phase known as assembly, test, and launch operations is now underway. Over the next year, the spacecraft will finish assembly and undergo rigorous checkout and testing before it’s shipped to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for ...

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New Zealand Pension Fund Provider NZ Funds Management Takes Bitcoin Leap

Source: Adobe/Alexey The New Zealand-based NZ Funds Management-run KiwiSaver pension fund has sunk about 5% of its USD 245m holdings into bitcoin (BTC), claiming that the token will feature in more KiwiSaver plans in the future. The KiwiSaver program is government-endorsed, and both individuals and companies can contribute to it but a number of competing providers offer differentiated products, or ...

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Ease Closes $41M Series C To Help SMBs Handle Benefits

San Francisco-based benefits software developer Ease raised a $41 million Series C to help aid small and medium-sized businesses in providing benefits to their employees. The round was led by Spectrum Equity with participation from existing investors Centana Growth Partners, Propel Venture Partners, Freestyle Capital, Compound Ventures and Upside Partnership. The new round brings the company’s total funding to $70 ...

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Robotic Guide Dog: Leading a Human with Leash-Guided Hybrid Physical Interaction

Guide dogs have an enormous benefit in helping visually impaired or frail people to navigate. An autonomous robot could be designed mimicking this example. Nevertheless, most current guide robots are guiding the human with a rigid arm, which makes operating difficult and complex. Using a leash could solve the problem. Image credit: Xiao, A. et al,, arXiv:2103.14300 Therefore, a recent ...

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