Daily Archives: 22.04.2021

Toward deep-learning models that can reason about code more like humans

Researchers propose a method for finding and fixing weaknesses in automated programming tools. Whatever business a company may be in, software plays an increasingly vital role, from managing inventory to interfacing with customers. Software developers, as a result, are in greater demand than ever, and that’s driving the push to automate some of the easier tasks that take up their ...

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Bitcoin Fees Hit ATH, Transactions Slow Down after China Explosion

Source: Adobe/agnormark Bitcoin (BTC) transaction fees have hit an all-time high after an explosion in Xinjiang, China, drove miners offline last week. According to data from BitInfoCharts, the average (mean) fee is now USD 58.42, eclipsing the former record of USD 55.16 set in December 2017. Source: bitinfocharts.com The drop in hashrate, which coincided with the increase in BTC mining ...

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IDC estimates $19 billion global spending on blockchain solutions in 2024

A new update to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Worldwide Blockchain Spending Guide forecasts global blockchain spending will hit just under $19 billion (£13.5bn) by 2024. This is compared to an estimated $6.6bn (£4.7bn) in 2021, at a five year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 48.0%. The guide found that banking leads the way in blockchain spending, accounting for ...

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Creating A Safer Birth Control: adyn Raises $2.5M Seed

Precision medicine company adyn closed a $2.5 million seed round of funding to develop personalized birth control. The seed round, the Seattle-based company’s first institutional funding, was co-led by Lux Capital and M13 with participation from Civilization Ventures, Concrete Rose Capital and Y Combinator, as well as a group of angel investors including Anne Wojcicki, Nish Bhat, Qasar Younis and ...

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Donohoe says Ireland committed to global tax deal

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe Ireland is committed to reaching an agreement to overhaul global corporate tax, but it must be one that works for small countries and accommodates healthy and fair tax competition, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said today. Momentum has been building towards reaching a consensus on how to better tax multinational companies. But Paschal Donohoe said the narrative ...

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Crew Dragon launch to space station delayed to Friday by offshore weather

STORY WRITTEN FOR  & USED WITH PERMISSION A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands on pad 39A with the Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky Launch of a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying four astronauts to the International Space Station has been delayed 24 hours to Friday because of bad weather in the Atlantic Ocean where the crew could be forced ...

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Blue Origin’s Latest New Shepard Flight is a Success, With Passengers Climbing on Board (and Getting off Again Before it Flew)

In 2000, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos founded Blue Origin, a commercial space company intended to become one of the crown jewels of his financial empire. Unfortunately, Blue Origin has lost ground in recent years to companies like SpaceX, which have been pushing the envelope with the development of reusable launch systems, resupply services, and human-rated spacecraft. To address ...

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The MIT Humanoid Robot: Design, Motion Planning, and Control For Acrobatic Behaviors

In order to enable a humanoid robot to perform acrobatic motions like backflips, spins, or jumps, complex hardware design, planning, and control algorithms have to be introduced. A recent paper on arXiv.org proposes the MIT Humanoid robot that can perform highly dynamic motions. MIT Humanoid Backflip. Image credit: Matthew Chignoli et al, arXiv:2104.09025 The robot relies on the design of ...

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