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Cosmic Opportunities №42

Greetings! This month was quite interesting, taking into account two private space flights. Virgin Galactic took the leadership to be the first one, but shortly after the huge achievement, their main test pilot left the company. Maybe they think that if it successfully flies once, it will continue to work further. But there certainly some doubts according to that. Mark ...

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Ryanair ups traffic forecast as summer bookings surge

Ryanair said it was experiencing a “strong rebound of pent up travel demand into August and September” Ryanair has today raised its forecast for full-year traffic on strong summer bookings, with group chief executive Michael O’Leary saying the post-pandemic recovery offers the best growth opportunities of his three-decade career. Shares in the budget airline, Europe’s largest, rose 3.8% in Dublin ...

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Blockchain start-ups see record Q2 despite crypto plunge

Blockchain start-ups worldwide raised a record £3.2 billion in funding during Q2 2021, in spite of the significant decline the cryptocurrency market has been experiencing since mid-April. This data, collected by analytics firm CB Insights in its ‘State of Fintech‘ report, represents a 50% increase over last quarter and a ninefold increase compared to the same time last year. The ...

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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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Clearco Raises $215M From SoftBank To Provide Startups With Alternatives To VC Funding

Toronto-based Clearco — formerly Clearbanc — raised a new $215 million growth equity round led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 as the company eyes further international expansion. Founded in 2015, the company has now raised more than $681 million, according to Crunchbase data. Just this April, the company raised $100 million in equity and $250 million in debt that valued ...

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