Daily Archives: 20.04.2021

Cannabis Startups Navigate Regulations, Lack Of Capital To Plant Industry Seeds

Startups in the background of America’s cannabis industry are developing the infrastructure and support system for the budding industry, and experts say federal legalization can open the floodgates for more activity and venture capital investment in the sector. “Cannabis dispensaries were labeled ‘essential’ and stayed open during the pandemic in California,” said Sam Dibble, partner at the law firm Baker ...

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Covid supports ‘not a subsidy for insurance firms’

Michael McGrath said the Government is examining the issue of insurance firms seeking to deduct such payments from payouts owed to businesses Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath has said the Covid-19 supports paid to businesses were “never intended to be a subsidy for insurance companies”. The Minister said the Government is “examining” the issue of insurance companies ...

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Cosmic Opportunities №28

As one wise man once said -“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” The preparations are already made, next turn for opportunities. Alasdair Hitchins – 04’21 has left the “Hummingbird Technologies”, he was Head of Remote Sensing. Ashish Arora – 03’21 has left the “Hexagon Geospatial”, he was Technology Lead – India and SAARC. 04’21 took office as Strategic ...

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Bank of England taskforce announced to explore CBDC potential

The Bank of England and the Treasury have announced the creation of a joint taskforce to explore the potential upsides and pitfalls of a UK central bank digital currency (CBDC), referred to as ‘Britcoin’ by chancellor Rishi Sunak. The taskforce will be jointly led by the Bank’s deputy governor for financial stability, Sir Jon Cunliffe, and the Treasury’s director general ...

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Dogs can Sniff out Coronavirus with Great Accuracy and might be Deployed in Public Settings for Active Screening

A new study published on 14 April in the journal PLOS ONE has shown that specially trained dogs are capable of detecting positive samples of COVID-19 with 96% accuracy, suggesting the potential of using dogs in large public gathering post-lockdown to actively screen for infection. The study has demonstrated that even though dogs are, indeed, capable of discerning the virus, ...

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Nice Round Number: Remembering the Arrival of Canadarm2, 20 Years On

Canadarm2 is clearly visible in this 5 April 2021 photograph as Dragon Resilience relocates between ports on the International Space Station (ISS). Photo Credit: NASA Twenty years ago today, a key player in enabling the construction, expansion and maintenance of the International Space Station (ISS) was lofted into orbit aboard shuttle Endeavour and her STS-100 crew. Canada’s contribution to the ...

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NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Achieves Historic First Powered Flight on Another World

Success! The Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, took this photo looking down at its own shadow on the surface after liftoff. This is the first time that powered, controlled flight has been accomplished on another planet. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech After much anticipation, NASA’s first-ever Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, has successfully completed its first test flight, which took place on Monday, April 19 at ...

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Covid-19 having ‘profound’ impact on SMEs

SMEs from all sectors are being affected by the impact of Covid-19, a new Central Bank survey shows A survey by the Central Bank and the ESRI has found the impact of Covid-19 on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) has been “profound”. The survey reveals that almost a quarter of SMEs could be vulnerable to liquidation when insolvency criteria ...

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