Daily Archives: 02.08.2021

Pushing the boundaries of micro-robotics, researchers create ‘RoboWorm’

University of Toronto researcher Xinyu Liu and his team design robots, but their latest creation stretches the very definition of the term – it’s controlled by a computer, but has no mechanical parts. Instead, the physical body of the robot is a tiny, soil-dwelling worm known as C. elegans. “Essentially, what we’ve done is to replace the organism’s neural control patterns with our own control, ...

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What a Lucky Person: Remembering STS-43, Thirty Years On

Spectacular view of the Home Planet, as seen from STS-43. Photo Credit: NASA Thirty years ago today, Space Shuttle Atlantis flew a mission which harked back to the past and set in place a cornerstone to enable the exploration of the future. On the morning of 2 August 1991, the crew of STS-43—Commander John Blaha, Pilot Mike Baker and Mission Specialists ...

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NASA Chooses Falcon Heavy Over SLS to Launch Europa Clipper, Saving About $2 Billion

The bureaucracy of government control is slowly fading away in space exploration, at least in the US.  A series of delays, cost overruns, and imposed requirements have finally started taking its toll on the Space Launch System (SLS), the next generation NASA rocket system.  Now, the space agency has finally conceded a point to the commercial launch industry.  It has ...

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Total Value Locked in DeFi is a ‘Deceptively Complicated Metric’

Source: Adobe/Andrey Korshenkov One of the most often used metrics in the decentralized finance (DeFi) industry, total value locked (TVL), is “a deceptively complicated metric hiding under a benign name,” according to crypto intelligence firm Coin Metrics. What this metric should be measuring is the total size of a levered market, and that figure “can be misleading as it is ...

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