Archive: 8/07/2011

We'll miss you, you adorable Martian rovers

( -- NASA made its final attempt to uplink a command to the Spirit rover May 25. That afternoon, a group of us who work with the rovers at Cornell gathered at a bar to mourn. We drank sangria outside, soaking ...

dateJul 08, 2011 in Space Exploration
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Improving recommendation system algorithms

Recommendation algorithms are a vital part of today’s Web, the basis of the targeted advertisements that account for most commercial sites’ revenues and of services such as Pandora, the Internet radio site that ...

dateJul 08, 2011 in Computer Sciences
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Helping space shuttles achieve liftoff

Friday’s scheduled liftoff of Space Shuttle Atlantis marks the beginning of the end of nearly four decades of collaboration between MIT and NASA on the nation’s space shuttle program -- a partnership that has shaped ...

dateJul 08, 2011 in Space Exploration
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Did colossal WWII bombing raids alter weather?

On May 11, 1944, a warm and cloudless spring day, U.S. Army Air Force B-24 Liberators, B-17 Flying fortresses and their fighter escorts lifted off from airfields across southeast England. They climbed, circled, and then formed ...

dateJul 08, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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