Daily Archives: 17.04.2021

Google subsidiary moved $75bn in profits out of Ireland

Google employs over 4,000 people here Newly filed accounts show that a subsidiary of Google incorporated in Ireland sent over $75bn in profits out of the country in 2019, more than three times the amount it moved a year earlier. Although the company, Google Ireland Holdings Unlimited Company, was registered here, for the purposes of paying tax it was based ...

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Expedition 65 Begins, as Soyuz MS-17 Trio Return Safely to Earth

Soyuz MS-17’s descent module completes its final, parachute-aided drop to the desolate Kazakh steppe, after six months in orbit. Photo Credit: NASA Expedition 64 has officially concluded with the safe departure and homecoming of Soyuz MS-17 crew members Sergei Ryzhikov, Sergei Kud-Sverchkov and Kate Rubins. Following a customary change-of-command ceremony on Thursday—in which Ryzhikov relinquished the helm of the International ...

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Instagram Filter Removal on Fashionable Images

Pictures in social networks like Instagram or Facebook often are edited by applying some filters. Convolutional neural networks-based visual understanding models could be used in filter removal tasks. However, current research tries to classify the specific filter applied to the images or to learn parameters of transformations applied and cannot recover the original image. Image credit: freestocks.org, free photo via ...

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Crypto Climate Accord unveiled, commits to 100% renewable blockchains by 2030

Energy Web, RMI, and the Alliance for Innovative Regulation (AIR) have announced the Crypto Climate Accord, an initiative committed to making the cryptocurrency industry 100% renewable by 2030. The accord is already supported by leading organisations including Consensys, Ripple, EDF, and XRP Ledger, as well as having the backing of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). According ...

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Russian capsule brings home three space fliers

STORY WRITTEN FOR  & USED WITH PERMISSION The Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft lands in Kazakhstan. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls Two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut undocked from the International Space Station and plunged back to Earth early Saturday, landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan amid preparations in Florida for launch of another station-bound crew Thursday aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. With Russian ...

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Astronauts Will Soon be Getting a Space Fridge, Keeping Everything Cold in Zero-G

One of the least known of NASA’s funding mechanisms is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.  This program, required by the Baye-Doyle Act of 1980, earmarks a piece of every US Federal agency’s budget (including NASA) for the development of small businesses to commercialize new technologies.  NASA’s SBIR program usually focus on commercializing technologies that are useable in space, ...

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Peering through the clouds of Venus surprises NRL scientists

(15 April 2021 – NRL) Venus images are nothing new, but a solar probe surprised U.S. Naval Research Laboratory researchers by seeing through the planet’s clouds. NRL’s Wide-field Imager for Parker Solar Probe (WISPR) took a stunning image of Earth’s celestial neighbor Venus last year that left researchers searching for answers as to how what they were seeing was possible. ...

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Where VCs Are Putting Their Money As Cybersecurity Funding Hits Record High

Last year proved not even a pandemic could slow investors’ appetite for cybersecurity. Now with a possible light at the end of the COVID tunnel, investors are being bold about doubling down. “The market is more crazy than ever before,” laughed Luke Page, general partner at RTP Global, during an interview with Crunchbase News. The first quarter of this year ...

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