Daily Archives: 26.07.2021

Ab Initio Particle-based Object Manipulation

Previous methods of robotic manipulation have relied on two different techniques. While model-based approaches capture the object’s properties in an analytic model, data-driven methods learn directly from prior experiences. A recent study proposes Particle-based Object Manipulation (PROMPT), which combines the advantages of both approaches. Image credit: NASA A particle representation is constructed from a set of RGB images. Here, each particle represents ...

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Russia’s Pirs module discarded after 20 years of service at space station

Russia’s Progress MS-16 supply ship and Pirs module back away from the International Space Station Monday. Credit: NASA TV/Spaceflight Now Wrapping up nearly 20 years of service as a docking port and airlock, Russia’s Pirs module departed the International Space Station Monday under tow from a Progress supply ship, heading for a destructive re-entry in Earth’s atmosphere to clear the ...

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When the Sun Dies, Earth’s Magnetosphere won’t Provide Protection any More

The Earth’s magnetic field is an underappreciated wonder of the natural world.  It protects our atmosphere, provides some of the most breathtaking scenery when it creates auroras, and allows people to navigate from one side of the world to the other.  Unfortunately, it won’t be able to save us from the death of the Sun though.  At least that’s the ...

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Americans Increasingly Invest In Crypto Even During Downturn

Source: Adobe/velishchuk Contradictorily, in the US, people seem to trust crypto more, while at the same time lacking information about it. As the data gathered by the “real-time insights enablement platform” Civic Science indicates, since the beginning of the year, the number of people who have invested in crypto has risen, going from 9% in January to 17% in July, ...

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