NASA inviting public to navigate its rovers around Mars
NASA has an algorithm called SPOC (Soil Property and Object Classification), which labels different types of Mars terrain such as boulders or sand to create maps that the rover driver can use when maneuvering the vehicles.
To help with the task of training the algorithm, NASA is inviting the public to help classify bits of martian terrain.
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New study examines recursive thinking
"The ability to represent recursive structures is present in children as young as three years old, which suggests it is there even before they use it in language," said Stephen Ferrigno, a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University and first author on the paper. Ferrigno at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA el al., "Recursive sequence generation in monkeys, children, US adults, and native Amazonians," Science Advances (2020).
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Curiosity rover loses orientation on Mars
While NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars is still connected to the Curiosity team on Earth, its latest mission update reports that the rover seems to have suffered from a loss of orientation, losing its knowledge of local terrain, the directions of its sensors and joint positions. The rover is frozen in place while Curiosity researchers are attempting to identify and resolve the problem.
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