Daily Archives: 29.07.2021

ITMO Scientists Create a Hopping Robot Using Morphological Computation

The International Laboratory of Biomechatronics and Energy-Efficient Robotics has created a prototype of an energy-efficient hopping robot. The design is based on flexible joints and a series elastic actuator. Image credit: ITMO Biomimetic principles A team consisting of Kirill Nasonov and Dmitry Volyansky, Master’s students of the Faculty of Control Systems and Robotics, supervised by Ivan Borisov, a research associate ...

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Rocket Lab’s Electron Booster Returns to Flight, Delivers Monolith Payload to Orbit

After a two-month hiatus, Rocket Lab’s Electron booster took flight early Thursday, laden with the Monolith payload. Photo Credit: Joseph Baxter, via Rocket Lab/Twitter With a powerful crackle from its nine Rutherford liquid-fueled engines, Rocket Lab’s Electron booster returned smoothly to flight early Thursday, following a ten-week hiatus in operations. Liftoff of the 56-foot-tall (17-meter), two-stage vehicle took place at ...

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Strange Intersecting Sand Dunes on Mars

In our exploration of Mars, we’ve seen some strange but naturally occurring shapes. Polygons – a shape with at least three straight sides and angles, typically with five or more – have been seen in several different Martian landscapes, and scientists say these shapes are of great interest because they often indicate the presence of shallow ice, or that water ...

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Irish firms see highest level of VC investment in Q2

Three companies received over $100 million in funding each Irish companies secured the highest level of venture capital investment on record in the second quarter of this year, according to the latest Venture Pulse report by KPMG. Just over $641 million was invested in 33 deals involving Irish companies during the three-month period.This is up from 24 deals in the ...

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