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+ - Is Pluto a planet? Kinda, sorta, well yes, maybe->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics opened one of those cans of worms that refuse to go away any time soon: Is in fact Pluto a planet or not? The short answer is yes but you know it's not that easy. The organization had 3 distinguished scientists present the case for and against Pluto. Pluto’s planet status you may recall has been redefined and questioned since about 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) set a definition of what it meant to be a planet."
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+ - Take a spin in the world's first 3D –printed electric car->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "The researchers say the two-seat car, known as a Strati, is built almost entirely of carbon-reinforced plastic, including the body and chassis and took 44 hours to make. The researchers noted that other experimental cars have used 3D printed parts before but this was the first to use the technology almost exclusively."
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+ - NASA Inspector General lobs big rocks at agency's asteroid hunting program->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "Lack of money, management structure and staff are hampering NASA’s ability to effectively identify and track comets, meteorites and asteroids that might threaten Earth. The space agency’s Inspector General, Paul Martin, issued a scathing report this week that said while NASA’s Near Earth Object program has done substantial work in identifying the sometimes massive rocks hurtling around the planet it is substantially behind in its goal of cataloging 90% of those 140 meters in diameter by 2020, among other issues."
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+ - Is there a viable alternative to ubiquitous GPS?->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "What’s the state-of-the-art in non-GPS based navigation and homing technology? That’s the main question behind a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) request to the industry this week as the group ponders where or not to go forward with a program that would seek an alternative to or a technology capable of augmenting GPS."
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+ - DARPA contemplates vast ocean network->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "Probably one of the last and perhaps unforgiving areas of the world not truly “wired” is above and below the ocean. Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) want to explore the possibility of seriously changing that notion and develop what it calls “a system-of-systems architecture and critical components to support networked maritime operations, to include undersea, surface, and above surface domains.”"
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+ - US intelligence wants tools to tell: Who's the smartest of them all? ->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "Can a tool or technology be applied to the brain and accurately predict out of a given group of people who will be the smartest? The research arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is looking for exactly those kinds of tools.“IARPA is looking to get a handle on the state of the art in brain-based predictors of future cognitive performance. In particular, IARPA is interested in non-invasive analyses of brain structure and/or function that can be used to predict who will best learn complex skills and accomplish tasks within real-world environments, and with outcome measures, that are relevant to national security."
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