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How Cognitive Computing Will Power Future NASA Missions

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by Angela Guess Mark Pomerleau recently wrote for GCN, “Despite the conclusion of the space shuttle program, NASA shows no signs of slowing down.  The space agency’s recently released draft 2015 Technology Roadmaps outline NASA’s plans across 15 technology areas, ranging from nanotechnology to exploration systems. Underlying all NASA’s technology goals are its cross-cutting computing…

NASA, Data Science, and Gender Diversity

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by Angela Guess João-Pierre S. Ruth recently wrote for Xconomy, “Space exploration could launch more diversity in the technology scene. Over the weekend, NASA held its annual International Space Apps Challenge, a hackathon that encourages the development of new ideas that relate to the space agency’s mission. Once again, New York was the global headquarters…

NASA Turns to Machine Learning to Identify Stars Faster

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by Angela Guess A recent article in The Astrophysical Journal reports that NASA has started to use machine learning techniques to understand the properties of stars more quickly. The article states, “New time-domain surveys have begun exploring everything from nearby extrasolar planets to the most distant known stellar explosions, and a veritable zoo of time-variable…

Off Semantic Tech Goes Into The Wild Blue Yonder

by Jennifer Zaino Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no – it’s an Amazon drone! Admittedly, Amazon Prime Air’s unmanned aerial vehicles in commercial use are still a little ways off. But such technology – along with other recent innovations, such as the use of unmanned aircraft in crop-dusting or…

NASA’s Latest Strategies for Tackling Big Data

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by Angela Guess Megan Gannon of Space.com reports, “Every hour, NASA’s missions collectively compile hundreds of terabytes of information, which, if printed out in hard copies, would take up the equivalent of tens of millions of trees worth of paper. This deluge of material poses some big data challenges for the space agency. But a team at…

NASA Moves to the Cloud

Kathleen Hickey of GCN.com reports, “NASA’s OpenNEX is one of the latest federal research projects moving to the cloud to improve collaboration with the academic, public and private sectors.”

How NASA Manages Its Data

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by Angela Guess Jeff Bertolucci of Information Week reports, “NASA has dozens of missions active at any given time: Robotic spacecraft beaming high-resolution images and other data from great distances; Earth-based projects surveying polar ice or examining global climate change. As you might imagine, the volume of data generated by these multiple efforts is staggering. For Chris Mattmann, a…

NASA and Amazon Web Services Open Up Big Data to Researchers

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by Angela Guess Phys.org reports, “NASA and Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) of Seattle, Wash., are making a large collection of NASA climate and Earth science satellite data available to research and educational users through the AWS cloud. The system enhances research and educational opportunities for the U.S. geoscience community by promoting community-driven research, innovation…