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“NASA’s current paradigm is to fly from the Moon to Mars. We’re trying to present Venus as an additional target along the way.” Scientists propose manned mission to Venus

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With a surface hot enough to melt lead, crushing atmospheric pressure, and clouds of sulfuric acid, Venus might not seem like the most enticing place for human exploration. But a panel of experts the Guardian spoke to advocates that another of our closest neighbors, not Mars, be the initial target of a manned mission to another planet.

“NASA’s current paradigm is to fly from the Moon to Mars.  We're trying to present Venus as an additional target along the way.

You can’t walk on the surface of Venus, so astronauts would have to look down at the planet from a safe spacecraft during the flight.

What speaks in favor of the Venus mission, however, is that it is significantly closer, making a return mission feasible in a year compared to a potentially three-year round trip to Mars. According to a report presented at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Paris last week, the flyby would be scientifically valuable and could provide important experience for a long-duration deep space mission as a precursor to visiting Mars.

Venus has a bad reputation because it has such a complex surface environment.” said Dr. Noam Eisenberg of the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University and one of the proponents of the Venus flyby. “TNASA’s current paradigm is to fly from the Moon to Mars. We are trying to present Venus as an additional target along the way.“, the expert pointed out. He said there are practical arguments for including a flyby of Venus in a manned landing on Mars, which NASA hopes to accomplish by the end of the 2030s.

There has also been renewed scientific interest in Venus. The discovery of thousands of exoplanets raises the question of how many of them could be habitable, and scientists want to understand how and why Venus, a planet so similar to our own in size, mass and distance from the Sun, ended up in hellish conditions on the surface.

Eisenberg said the Venus flyby “isn’t popular yet” in the wider space travel community, although there are backers at NASA, including its chief economist Alexander Macdonald, who chaired the IAC meeting.

They produced a report titled “Goddess Encounter” that substantiates a hypothetical mission that astronauts could use remotely operated rovers, drones and hot air balloons to observe active volcanoes on Venus and look for signs of past water and ancient life.

There is every reason to believe that Venus will be an endless wonderland full of alluring and mysterious sights and formations.“, the report says.

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Huobi and Tron Jointly Launch Dominica National Token – Dominica Coin

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Crypto exchange Huobi today announced a strategic agreement with the Tron network, DMC Labs, and the government of Dominica. As part of this deal, the parties will jointly issue the world’s first national token, Dominica Coin (DMC).

Huobi and Tron Jointly Launch Dominica National Token - Dominica Coin

Moreover, at the same time, a virtual ID protocol called DID will also be launched on the Tron platform. DMC holders will automatically receive a “digital citizenship” of Dominica.

Dominica DIDs and DMCs will initially be released on the Tron network, which is Dominica’s national blockchain infrastructure. In the future, the developers plan to ensure the interaction of the DMC token with the Ethereum and BSC networks via the BitTorrent Chain protocol. Just like TRX and USDD tokens, DMC will have legal status in the Commonwealth of Dominica and can be used as a means of payment in this country.

DMC will be released on Huobi Prime. The exchange will conduct a distribution of DMC tokens and enable the Dominica DID application for each registered user, the announcement says.

DID holders can also use the ID to issue SBT tokens in the Tron ecosystem. This will open up the possibility for them to become Dominica citizens in a future blockchain-based metaverse.

After paying the fee, you can also receive a printed certificate of your status. However, it is not yet completely clear whether such a document will have legal force outside the country. DID can also be used to complete KYC verification, obtain a loan in Dominica, register a virtual company, and a number of other government services.

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When the GeForce RTX 4090 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Card consumption can be reduced by 33% by sacrificing 8% performance

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When the GeForce RTX 4090 is a wolf in sheeps

Contrary to early leaks and rumors, the GeForce RTX 4090 turned out to be very energy efficient and even more economical than the RTX 3090. But Nvidia’s new product can be made even less voracious.

When the GeForce RTX 4090 is a wolf in sheep's clothing.  Card consumption can be reduced by 33% by sacrificing 8% performance

The authors of the QuasarZone resource decided not only to achieve less power consumption from the RTX 4090, but also to achieve this in two different ways. The first is reducing the power limit, but the second is more complex – it is undervolting or reducing the voltage on the GPU.

When the GeForce RTX 4090 is a wolf in sheep's clothing.  Card consumption can be reduced by 33% by sacrificing 8% performance

When the GeForce RTX 4090 is a wolf in sheep's clothing.  Card consumption can be reduced by 33% by sacrificing 8% performance

As you can see from the diagrams, both methods are effective, and in both cases you can achieve an impressive reduction in power consumption with a slight drop in performance. In the case of power limit management, power consumption can be reduced to 268 W, with a loss of only about 6% of performance. Reducing the voltage allows you to achieve power consumption of only 232 watts, sacrificing less than 8% of performance.

Thus, the RTX 4090 can be turned into a mid-range card in terms of power consumption, while keeping its monstrous performance almost unchanged.

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For some reason, new Intel processors do not support DLVR technology, designed to reduce power consumption

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For some reason new Intel processors do not support DLVR

Intel was expected to endow Raptor Lake processors with DLVR (Digital Linear Voltage Regulator) technology. Information about it appeared last year. However, it has now become known that current Intel CPUs do not support it.

For some reason, new Intel processors do not support DLVR technology, designed to reduce power consumption

Information about DLVR was neither in Intel’s presentation, nor somewhere on the site describing Raptor Lake. However, the CPU DLVR Bypass Mode Enable item has appeared in the new BIOS of Asus motherboards. True, its activation does not lead to anything.

For some reason, new Intel processors do not support DLVR technology, designed to reduce power consumption

One of the overclockers from the Asus team said that the technology does not work because Intel eventually disabled it in the new generation of processors. For what reasons, it is not clear, but from the tests we know that, perhaps, in vain, since Raptor Lake turned out to be even more voracious than Alder Lake. However, next-generation CPUs may well support the new technology already fully, however, there is no clarity on this matter.

DLVR is a digital linear voltage regulator that complements the main one. This should allow a significant reduction in energy consumption.

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