Daily Archives: 16.04.2021

Walker Becomes Third Female ISS Skipper, Expedition 65 Set For Three Commanders

Front row (from left) are Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins and Soichi Noguchi. Back row (from left) are Kate Rubins, Sergei Ryzhikov, Sergei Kud-Sverchkov, Mark Vande Hei, Pyotr Dubrov and Oleg Novitsky. Photo Credit: NASA The International Space Station (ISS) has its third female skipper, following Thursday’s change-of-command ceremony in which Russian cosmonaut Sergei Ryzhikov relinquished the helm and ...

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Learning What To Do by Simulating the Past

Learning policies with neural networks requires writing a reward function by hand or learning from human feedback. A recent paper on arXiv.org suggests simplifying the process by extracting the information already present in the environment. Artificial intelligence – artistic concept. Image credit: geralt via Pixabay (free licence) It is possible to infer that the user has already optimized towards its ...

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Ground-Based Lasers Could Push Space Debris off Collision-Course Orbits

Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) are finding new uses for the laser-based technology that sharpens telescope imagery – called adaptive optics – and it just might help mitigate the world’s growing space debris problem. Purpose-built lasers could give derelict satellites a slight ‘push’ of photons, imparting just enough energy to change the debris’s orbit and prevent an impending ...

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Coinbase IPO marks historic first crypto company to enter US stock exchange as Bitcoin rockets

April 14 will see the first company dedicated purely to cryptocurrency to enter the US stock exchange when Coinbase is listed on Nasdaq. The build-up to the offering has had a bullish effect on the crypto market, with Bitcoin reaching an all-time high of $63,209 (£46,039) on Tuesday, marking a 116% year-to-date increase. The release of Coinbase’s Q1 report on ...

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Court rules future hearings at WRC to be held in public

Last week, in a landmark judgment, the Court ruled that the fact that WRC hearings were held in private was repugnant to the constitution Future hearings at the Workplace Relations Commission will have to held in public and witnesses will have to swear an oath or affirmation following a Supreme Court ruling confirmed today. Last week, in a landmark judgment, ...

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Helping Sales Teams Compete: Atrium Optimizes Data With Seed Raise

San Francisco-based Atrium has closed $13.5 million in seed funding, hoping to bring usable, proactive data to sales managers and their teams. The seed round includes funding from Bonfire Ventures, CRV and Bullpen Capital. Atrium, founded in 2016, is looking to “democratize” data for the sales world, said co-founder Pete Kazanjy. “Historically, sales managers come from an account executive background,” ...

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Blue Origin Approaches Crewed Flights, Following NS-15 New Shepard Success

Spectacular window-seat view for Mannequin Skywalker during Wednesday’s NS-15 mission. Photo Credit: Blue Origin Blue Origin’s effort to send tourists to the edge of space moved one step closer Wednesday, when its previously-flown NS4 New Shepard launch vehicle roared aloft from Launch Site One in West Texas, kicking off this particular booster’s second flight of the year. It also marked ...

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