Daily Archives: 03.04.2021

China’s 14th five-year plan: Blockchain and digital currency part of ‘new infrastructure’ investments

China has referenced blockchain and digital currency technologies in its latest five-year plan. The 14th iteration of the five-year plan, which is a guiding document for the country’s future social development and economic growth from 2021 to 2025, places significant emphasis on ‘new infrastructure.’ In a chapter called ‘accelerating digitalisation development and building a digital China,’ the government pledged to ...

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A robot that senses hidden objects

System uses penetrative radio frequency to pinpoint items, even when they’re hidden from view. In recent years, robots have gained artificial vision, touch, and even smell. “Researchers have been giving robots human-like perception,” says MIT Associate Professor Fadel Adib. In a new paper, Adib’s team is pushing the technology a step further. “We’re trying to give robots superhuman perception,” he ...

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Busy month of crew rotations on tap at International Space Station

Astronauts Thomas Pesquet, Megan McArthur, Shane Kimbrough, and Akihiko Hoshide are. preparing for launch April 22 aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. Credit: SpaceX Seven astronauts and cosmonauts are gearing up for launches April 9 and April 22 to the International Space Station, replacing seven outgoing crew members set to land in Kazakhstan and off the coast of Florida on ...

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If Astronomers see Isoprene in the Atmosphere of an Alien World, There’s a Good Chance There’s Life There

It is no exaggeration to say that the study of extrasolar planets has exploded in recent decades. To date, 4,375 exoplanets have been confirmed in 3,247 systems, with another 5,856 candidates awaiting confirmation. In recent years, exoplanet studies have started to transition from the process of discovery to one of characterization. This process is expected to accelerate once next-generation telescopes ...

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Microsoft resolves 365 service issues

The outage had impacted services like Teams and Azure Microsoft has said it has resolved an issue with its Microsoft 365 services and features, including workplace messaging app Teams and Azure, after many users were unable to access them. Microsoft said in its status page that the Domain Name System (DNS) issue was resolved and that all Microsoft 365 services ...

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Atlas V Hardware for SBIRS GEO-5 Arrives in Florida, Ahead of NET 17 May Launch

The Atlas V Common Core Booster (CCB) and Centaur upper stage for SBIRS GEO-5 arrived at Port Canaveral late Wednesday and was offloaded from R/S RocketShip. Photo Credit: ULA Flight hardware for a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V booster tasked with delivering the U.S. Space Force’s fifth geostationary-orbiting Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS GEO-5) payload arrived safely at Port Canaveral ...

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