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Google reportedly won't renew controversial drone imaging program


It looks like the drama surrounding Google's controversial involvement in Project Maven is coming to an end. Yet another report from Gizmodo on the subject says that Google won't be renewing the project once its current contract runs out. Project Maven is an initiative from the Department of Defense, which aims to "accelerate DoD's integration of big data and machine learning." The DoD has millions of hours of drone footage that pour in from around the world, and having humans comb through it for "objects of interest" isn't a scalable proposition. So Maven recruited several tech firms for image recognition technology that could be used to identify objects of interest in the footage.

GM's car sharing brand Maven expands to Boston, Chicago, D.C.


Having driven over a million miles in fewer than four months, General Motors' car sharing brand Maven is expanding to Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. GM announced Thursday morning that it will be expanding Maven into three major U.S. cities, having already driven a million miles in its two test markets New York City and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Maven is more than car sharing, starting at 8 per hour -- including insurance and fuel. In Chicago, for example, Maven includes 99/week Chevy Equinox rentals, which allows Chicagoans who don't own a car to drive for GM partner Lyft. Specifically at the Aqua luxury high-rise in the city's Lakeshore East neighborhood, residents can also utilize Maven for on-demand car sharing from their building. While it's currently very limited, even with the newly added cities, over the coming years, Maven has the potential to wholly alter -- if not end -- car ownership as we know it.

NASA forced to move Maven craft to avoid hitting Phobos

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A NASA science satellite orbiting Mars was forced to make a rare evasive manoeuvre to avoid a collision next week with one of the planet's two small moons, the U.S. space agency said on Thursday. Flight controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, commanded the MAVEN spacecraft, which is studying Mars' vanishing atmosphere, to fire up its engine on Tuesday to boost its speed by about 1.3 feet per second (0.4 meters per second). While the shift may seem small, it's enough to ensure that Maven avoids crashing into Phobos by about 2.5 minutes. A NASA science satellite orbiting Mars was forced to make a rare evasive manoeuvre to avoid a collision next week with one of the planet's two small moons, the U.S. space agency said on Thursday This is the first time Maven has needed to move out of the way to avoid a collision with the lumpy, crater-filled moon, according to NASA. The acceleration was necessary to slightly shift MAVEN's orbit and steer the satellite clear of the Martian moon Phobos, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a statement.

NASA MAVEN Mission Images Show 'Unprecedented' Detail From Mars

International Business Times

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission has sent some new images from the planet showing an unprecedented level of detail of the "nightglow" that comes from the planet's atmosphere. Images of the the ultraviolet glow, taken by the Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph (IUVS), can tell scientists more about the day-to-day of the Red Planet. "MAVEN obtained hundreds of such images in recent months, giving some of the best high-resolution ultraviolet coverage of Mars ever obtained," said Nick Schneider, instrument lead of the IUVS based at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, who is presenting the results Oct. 19 at the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Pasadena, Calif. The spacecraft, which arrived at Mars on Sept. 21, 2014, has images from the nightside and the dayside of the planet. Imagery from the former can tell scientists how winds on Mars circulate at such high altitudes.

Apache Maven 2 Effective Implementation - Programmer Books


All material in the book will be worked through by example, building up a sample application. It is intended to be read through in sequence, though once complete, should serve as a suitable reference for certain cases that can be referred to directly. This book is for Java developers who want to get started with Apache Maven. If you are tasked with build automation in your company, this book will help you to quickly and easily get started with Maven in order to improve the efficiency of your builds.