Daily Archives: 01.04.2021

New £1.49 million project to research nuclear decontamination robots

Scientists from Lancaster and Manchester Universities are to investigate the best way to use robots to help clean up radioactivity with a £1.49 million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UKRI. The four-year ALACANDRA project is led by Professor Malcolm Joyce from Lancaster University’s Department of Engineering and Professor Barry Lennox from the University of Manchester. It brings ...

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Enhanced rights for employees to disconnect from work

The Code of Practice includes a duty to respect another person’s right to disconnect from work From today, employees have enhanced rights to disconnect from work outside normal working hours, under a new Code of Practice published by the Government. Under the code launched by Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar, employees will be entitled not ...

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PayPal confirms addition of Checkout with Crypto capability

PayPal has confirmed the launch of Checkout with Crypto, which enables US customers to pay with cryptocurrency and aims to ‘significantly increase’ utility. Customers will be able to select their cryptocurrency of choice – Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, or Litecoin – with only one type of cryptocurrency able to be used for each purchase. Once the customer confirms the purchase, ...

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The Debris Cloud From a Supernova Shows an Imprint of the Actual Explosion

Computer models are continuing to play an increasing role in scientific discovery.  Everything from the first moments after the Big Bang to potential for life to form on other planets has been the target of some sort of computer model.  Now scientists from the RIKEN Astrophysical Big Bang Laboratory are turning this almost ubiquitous tool to a very violent event ...

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Maxar, Busek Conclude End-to-End Testing of SEP System for Lunar Gateway Element

The Power and Propulsion Element (PPE, at right) and Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO, at left), will be launched together atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy, no sooner than May 2024. Image Credit: NASA Maxar Technologies, Inc., and Busek Co., Inc., have completed an end-to-end series of hot-fire tests to validate all major elements of the six-kilowatt Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) ...

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Exclusive: Preveta Raises $2M To Coordinate Care For Early Disease Detection

Three months after attending Techstars LA, Preveta inked $2 million in seed funding led by MaC Venture Capital and TSVC. Victor Lee, his wife, Shirley Lee, and Steven Hu started the Los Angeles-based company in 2018 to create a data-driven cancer care coordination platform for health care providers focused on improving patient outcomes through value-based care, Victor Lee told Crunchbase ...

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NASA blames recent Hubble woes on aging hardware

The Hubble Space Telescope, seen from the space shuttle Columbia at the end of a 2002 servicing mission. The observatory’s door is open in this picture. Credit: NASA Hardware problems that cropped up earlier this month on the Hubble Space Telescope, now approaching the 31st anniversary of its launch, are the latest signs the observatory is showing its age. Hubble ...

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Gilmour Space to launch Fleet satellites in 2023

(30 March 2021 – Gilmour Space, Fleet Space) Two of Australia’s New Space pioneers — Queensland rocket manufacturer Gilmour Space Technologies, and South Australian nanosatellite manufacturer for the Internet of Things (IoT), Fleet Space Technologies — are joining forces to launch small satellites to orbit. (courtesy: Gilmour Space, Fleet Space) “We have signed a contract to launch six Fleet Space ...

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Central Bank revises upwards economic growth forecast

The Bank has pencilled in a forecast for 20,000 housing units to be completed this year The Central Bank has revised upwards its forecast for economic growth in the economy this year in its latest quarterly bulletin.  It says longer pandemic restrictions have slowed the domestic economy but this will be offset by greater demand for exports. It predicts that ...

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Orientation stabilization in a bioinspired bat-robot using integrated mechanical intelligence and control

Micro aerial vehicles could be used to make residential spaces safer and more efficient; however, current aerial robots may be dangerous for humans and have limited operation time. A recent study explores the possibility of mimicking bat wings to create safe, agile, and energy-efficient drones. Illustration of Northeastern University’s Aerobat. Image credit: Eric Sihite et al, arXiv:2103.15943 Bats can mobilize ...

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