Daily Archives: 12.07.2021

Training robots to manipulate soft and deformable objects

A virtual environment embedded with knowledge of the physical world speeds up problem-solving. Robots can solve a Rubik’s cube and navigate the rugged terrain of Mars, but they struggle with simple tasks like rolling out a piece of dough or handling a pair of chopsticks. Even with mountains of data, clear instructions, and extensive training, they have a difficult time ...

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Venus’ Surface Tectonics is More Like Pack ice on Earth

Planets move in mysterious ways.  Or at least their surfaces do.  Earth famously has a system of tectonic plates that drives the movement of its crust.  Those plate tectonics are ultimately driven by the flow of material in the mantle – the layer directly below the crust.  Now, scientists have found a slightly different deformation mechanic on our nearest sister ...

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Richard Branson rockets into space

STORY WRITTEN FOR  & USED WITH PERMISSION Richard Branson floats inside the passenger cabin of the VSS Unity rocketplane. Credit: Virgin Galactic Virgin Galactic owner Richard Branson rocketed into space Sunday, an edge-of-the-seat sub-orbital test flight intended to demonstrate his company’s air-launched spaceplane is ready for passengers who can afford the ultimate thrill ride. And it appeared to do just that, ...

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Virgin Galactic Completes First Fully-Crewed Flight to Edge of Space

Sir Richard Branson and his crewmates tumble around VSS Unity’s passenger cabin, during their few fleeting minutes of weightlessness. Photo Credit: Sir Richard Branson/Twitter Six humans roared perfectly skyward from Spaceport America, north of Las Cruces, N.M., early Sunday morning, including the wealthiest person ever to reach the edge of space. Virgin Galactic billionaire Sir Richard Branson was joined aboard ...

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Volkswagen posts H1 operating profit of €11 billion

Volkswagen is expecting first-half operating profit of around €11 billion Volkswagen said its first-half operating profit is expected to come in at around €11 billion – surpassing pre-pandemic levels on the back of strong demand in Europe and the US. The good result was driven in particular by demand for premium brands Porsche and Audi as well as the group’s ...

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