Daily Archives: 08.10.2021

US job growth slows sharply in September

The Labor Department said in its closely watched employment report today that non-farm payrolls increased by 194,000 jobs last month US employment increased far less than expected in September amid a decline in government payrolls, but hiring could pick up in the months ahead as Covid-19 infections subside and people resume the search for work. The Labor Department said in ...

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Precise Object Placement with Pose Distance Estimations for Different Objects and Grippers

In order to grasp and manipulate objects in undefined poses, robots must perceive their environment and plan corresponding actions accordingly. Industrial robot. Image credit: jarmoluk via Pixabay (Free Pixabay licence) A recent study on arXiv.org focuses on robotic bin-picking, where multiple rigid objects of different types are stored chaotically in a bin. The robot has to pick the objects and ...

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NASA swaps two astronauts from Boeing missions to SpaceX crew flight

NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada view the rollout of a Boeing Starliner spacecraft before a test flight in December 2019. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky NASA has reassigned two rookie astronauts from missions on Boeing’s troubled Starliner crew capsule to a SpaceX crew mission to the International Space Station late next year, a move agency officials said will allow the ...

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Crew-3 Discusses Upcoming Mission, Names New Dragon ‘Endurance’

Crew-3 astronauts (front to rear) Raja Chari, Kayla Barron, Matthias Maurer and Tom Marshburn pose with their Falcon 9 core stage. Photo Credit: SpaceX Four astronauts representing NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are only three weeks away from their 2:43 a.m. EST launch on 30 October to the International Space Station (ISS). Seasoned spacefarer Tom Marshburn—a veteran of ...

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Perseverance Sees Evidence of Flash Floods in Jezero Crater

Nearly eight months into the Perseverance rover’s mission on Mars, researchers have confirmed that Jezero crater is (as was believed) an ancient lakebed, but more significantly, that it once experienced powerful flash floods that pushed boulders from tens of miles upstream into the crater basin. Years before Perseverance ever left Earth, orbital photographs of Jezero crater showed what looked to ...

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