Daily Archives: 04.10.2021

Consumer spending helps lower deficit in September

On a twelve month rolling basis, the Exchequer deficit was €9.153 billion at the end of last month A strong recovery in consumer spending and higher than expected corporation tax helped push the deficit in the public finances lower in September. According to the Department of Finance, an Exchequer deficit of just over €6 billion was recorded to the end ...

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On Assessing the Usefulness of Proxy Domains for Developing and Evaluating Embodied Agents

Developing and evaluating agents like robots in the setting where they are meant to be deployed can be costly, dangerous, and time-consuming. Therefore, a proxy of the target task domain could be a useful simulation environment. Image credit: luckey_sun via flickr.com, CC BY-SA 2.0. A recent paper on arXiv.org investigates the usefulness of a proxy domain by providing proxy usefulness ...

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Soyuz rocket rolls out for launch of Russian film crew

 A Soyuz rocket rolled out to its launch pad in Kazakhstan Friday, ready to blast off Tuesday to the International Space Station with veteran Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, actress Yulia Peresild, and film director Klim Shipenko. The Soyuz-2.1a launcher, positioned on its side on a special railroad car, emerged from an integration building at the Baikonur Cosmodrome and rode to ...

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Astronomers Look at Super-Earths That had Their Atmospheres Stripped Away by Their Stars

As the planets of our Solar System demonstrate, understanding the solar dynamics of a system is a crucial aspect of determining habitability. Because of its protective magnetic field, Earth has maintained a fluffy atmosphere for billions of years, ensuring a stable climate for life to evolve. In contrast, other rocky planets that orbit our Sun are either airless, have super-dense ...

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