Monthly Archives: May 2018

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GRACE-FO Launches Aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9

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The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on, or GRACE-FO, a collaboration between NASA and German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California's Central Coast on May 22, 2018.

Kīlauea Volcano’s Lower East Rift Zone

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This video from May 21, 2018, shows how splashing and spattering lava builds cones around fissure sites in Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone.

Nekton Mission I – Discovering the Rariphotic Zone

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Results from Nekton Mission I – the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey confirms the discovery of a new zone in the ocean, the Rariphotic Zone (Rare Light Zone) from 130 meters to 300 meters. The Rariphotic Zone is the fourth zone confirmed in the top 3,000 meters of the ocean, each defined by distinct biological communities living at different depths.

Self-Driving Cars for Country Roads

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A team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) developed a way for autonomous cars to read and anticipate their local surroundings rather than relying on gigabytes of 3D map data.