How robots will repair or destroy satellites in orbit
- These days, building and launching your own satellite means creating a sophisticated piece of technology — and then flinging it into space where you’ll never see it again.
- Known as satellite servicing, the business revolves around creating bots that can meet up with broken satellites in orbit to repair them, refuel them, or place them in orbits where they can last for many more years.
- If you can no longer operate your satellite, it instantly becomes space junk zooming around Earth at upwards of 17,000 miles per hour.
- The era of satellite servicing is very much in the beginning stages, but this year, a handful of demonstration missions will take off to prove out the technology.
- If all goes well, satellites could one day get a tune-up when they reach orbit, helping to make the space environment a cleaner, more sustainable place.
The Battle over Zomia (2011)
- Scott identifies it as "the largest remaining region of the world whose peoples have not yet been fully incorporated into nation-states." Though the scholars who have imagined Zomia differ over its precise boundaries, Scott includes all the lands at altitudes above 300 meters stretching from the Central Highlands of Vietnam to northeastern India.
- Among them are the Akha, Hmong, Karen, Lahu, Mien, and Wa. Scott admits to making "bold claims" about those hill peoples but says "not a single idea" in his book originates with him.
- For Hjorleifur Jonsson, an associate professor of anthropology at Arizona State University and a specialist on a Southeast Asian hill people called the Mien, the fascination with Scott's book speaks to the American notion of the frontier as a place to seek freedom.
Richest property buyers expected to drive market
- Competitive interest rates, easier lending terms for qualifying buyers and improving sentiment are expected to drive buyer demand and encourage more sellers to put their properties on the market.
- Harvey says sharp price rises late last year were driven by not enough properties on offer to meet strong demand, with Sydney’s listings down by about 30 per cent compared to the previous year.
- Australian Finance Group, the nation’s largest network of mortgage brokers, says demand jumped 25 per cent in NSW and 19 per cent in Victoria during the final quarter of last year compared to the previous year as falling rates and easier lending conditions “renewed buyer confidence".
- Paul Lewis, chief executive of CUA, the nation’s largest credit union, says many borrowers are using lower rates to pay down debt or are renovating their existing properties, rather than buying another.
How Amazon escapes liability for the riskiest products on its site
- For years, the online retail company has argued that many of its customers are simply passing through to use its platform — that the buyer and seller of the product are connecting, and Amazon is merely a passing intermediary.
- Tightly integrated into Amazon’s own sales, Marketplace products are often cheaper for consumers, less controlled, and sometimes less reliable than other products — and because Amazon is usually seen as a platform for those sales rather than a seller, the company has far less liability for anything that goes wrong.
- In an academic paper set to be published next year in the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law, two professors argue that Amazon acts as a “heavy hand” in its Marketplace, closely influencing purchases on its platform.
This proposed law would prevent people who haven't paid child support from getting a hunting permit
- House Bill 197 was introduced Monday at the request of the state's Office of Recovery Services as an enforcement tool to tackle the $404,160,838 in past due child support in the state, the bill's sponsor Rep. Karianne Lisbonee told CNN in an email.
- Lisbonee says that 38% of Utah families do not receive their current child support.
- The bill seeks to prohibit anyone who owes $2,500 or more in child support from obtaining a license, permit or tag from the state's Division of Wildlife Resources.
- An individual can buy a permit only after they are no longer in arrears on payments and the Office of Recovery Services notes the payment, the proposed legislation says.
- If passed, the bill would take effect July 1, 2021.
Shipamax scores $7M Series A to digitise the logistics back-office
- Shipamax, the London-based startup and YC graduate that is helping freight forwarders and other logistics companies automate their back-office processes, has raised $7 million.
- However, realising that the need for digitisation was real but that the market wasn’t large enough for a “VC scale business,” the startup pivoted one more time to develop a toolkit for back-office “process automation” for the global logistics industry.
- The core Shipamax technology connects to any email inbox or unstructured data source and automatically extracts data from emails and attachments in real-time.
- The startup says that’s very different to how logistics companies have previously tried to solve the digitisation problem, typically via optical character recognition (OCR) tools such as Abbyy.
- “The problem with OCR technology is that each company has to start from scratch – setting up hundreds of ‘templates’ to capture important fields and implementing ‘rules’ to interpret this data,” says Shipamax.
Wuhan coronavirus: Is it safe to travel?
- Travelers should "practice enhanced precautions" by avoiding contact with sick people, animals and animal markets and frequently and thoroughly washing hands, the CDC recommends.
- People who have traveled to Wuhan in the last few weeks and are feeling sick with fever, cough or are having difficulty breathing should seek medical attention right away and call ahead to inform providers of recent travel and symptoms, according to CDC guidelines.
- A number of Asian airlines have suspended flights to Wuhan, and some American air carriers including Delta and American are offering flexibility on cancellations of itineraries involving WUH airport.
- For parts of the world outside of the heavily affected region, air travel is likely where more of the risk will lie, says Furuya, because of the increased likelihood of encountering international travelers from areas with high incidence of the virus.
The Sikorsky S-76B was built to carry VIPs like Kobe Bryant. Here's what we know about the helicopter
- Though the layout of Bryant's chopper is unclear, Sikorsky says its S76-D model can carry two pilots and eight passengers.
- Kurt Deetz is a former pilot for Island Express Helicopters and told CNN he flew Bryant on numerous occasions in that very aircraft between 2015 and 2017, including the flight home from his final game.
- The limited number of pilots qualified to operate the helicopter -- Bryant's preferred model -- need at least a couple thousand hours of flight time on a twin-engine chopper, he said.
- The cached Island Express website features a photo of the doomed chopper -- with a white-and-teal color scheme -- and says the company "operates the West Coast's largest fleet of Sikorsky S76 passenger aircraft, the most-trusted name in helicopters." The helicopter boasts unparalleled reliability and a "proven safety record," the cached website says.
'Star Trek: Picard' breaks streaming records on CBS All Access
- CBS’ streaming service, CBS All Access, credits a trio of high-profile events — including the premiere of its new Star Trek series, “Star Trek: Picard,” as well as the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, not to mention a busy month of football — with helping it to achieve a new record for subscriber sign-ups in a given month.
- The company says January 2020 surpassed the service’s previous record in February 2019 for subscriber sign-ups.
- CBS says “Picard’s” premiere also marked a new record for total streams and drove the highest volume of subscribers to stream a CBS All Access original series to date.
- Instead, the company only shares that CBS All Access and Showtime’s over-the-top service, combined, have more than 10 million total subscribers.
- In short, what these figures mean is CBS needs more than football, seasonal events, and a new “Star Trek” series in order to grow.
What it means to be rich, according to 9 financial planners who would know
- Financial planners are in a unique position to define "rich" — they work with people across the financial spectrum, from young couples starting to buy homes and plan for retirement to the super elite, so they have a particular understanding of what it means to be wealthy.
- Denver-based CFP Elizabeth Windisch says wealth isn't about the money you have in your bank account, but whether you can meet most of your spending needs and wants with that money.
- Misty Lynch, a CFP with Beck Bode, says being rich means having the ability to spend on things that reflect your personal values.
- Dan Routh, a CFP with Old Peak Finance, equates true wealth to time freedom — having the financial ability to delegate activities in your life that you don't value or enjoy.