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'Like High-Definition From The Heavens'; NOAA Releases New Images Of Earth

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released crisp, color images of Earth from its newest orbiting weather satellite. The number 16 in its name refers to its imaging device, which measures 16 different "spectral bands," including two that are visible to the human eye and 14 that we experience as heat. When it is fully up and running, the satellite will "provide images of weather pattern and severe storms as frequently as every 30 seconds, which will contribute to more accurate and reliable weather forecasts and severe weather outlooks," according to its mission overview page. NOAA was not able to immediately explain its criteria for determining which part of the country will get the new technology's weather forecasting benefits.


Ford Looks To A Fleet Of Driverless Cars

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The company said it will more than double its team devoted to developing autonomous driving, and invest even more money in its Silicon Valley campus. Ford and Baidu Inc., the Chinese Internet behemoth, announced that both companies jointly invested 150 million in Velodyne, a Silicon Valley company that specializes in sensors. Randy Visintainer, the head of Ford's autonomous vehicle program, says the company is ready to meet the challenge of putting a driverless car on the road. General Motors, Google and some of Ford's other competitors have spent the year making announcements and investments in advanced technology.


Google And Fiat Chrysler Partner To Make Self-Driving Minivans

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Google announced it is partnering with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to expand its self-driving car project. This is the first time Google has worked directly with an automaker to integrate its self-driving technology into a passenger vehicle. Google announced it is partnering with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to expand its self-driving car project. Google is partnering with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to expand its self-driving car project, the companies said Tuesday in a joint press release.