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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.

Joint Artificial Intelligence Center Created Under DoD CIO


WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has created a new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) that will have oversight over almost all service and defense agency AI efforts. The JAIC will report to Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy, the establishing memo by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Shanahan says. Its ambit is not quite untrammeled; any projects under $15 million remain the authority of the service or agency. The JAIC will establish a common set of AI "standards…. Undersecretary for Research & Engineering Mike Griffin, a far more prominent proponent of AI and other cutting-edge technologies who has warned China and Russia are catching up to the US, "will continue to promote development of new AI technologies, systems, and concepts" but without any clearly specified role in the new center.

GM's Maven lets you rent cars for up to 28 days


Maven is General Motors' Zipcar-style vehicle rental service, letting you pay an hourly rate to temporarily borrow a ride. But the company is now targeting folks who want to get around for longer periods at a time with Maven Reserve. The offering enables people to reserve a car for up to 28 days at a time, including a dedicated parking space, insurance and $100 of gas in the tank. In addition, users will apparently receive a "personalized walk-through of the vehicle," as they take delivery of their fancy-schmancy rental car. Maven Reserve will only be available in LA and San Fransisco to begin with, although GM has plans to broaden it out later.

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.