More than just dust...

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cthiker
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More than just dust...

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Now that we've been well entrenched in our dusting, and even though we've yet to achieve any confirmed success(es), I thought it would be interesting to post other searches which have used essentially the same techniques that we have begun to validate here!

Came across this in a trade magazine (InformationWeek), about the search for the famed Microsoft researcher, Jim Gray. He and his crew were lost at sea off the coast of California about 6 months ago, and a UC-Berkeley computer scientist (Dr. Joseph Hellerstein) he worked with came up with the idea of using satellite images to locate is boat, the Tenacious.

See... http://www.helpfindjim.com/

Unfortunately, the search was unsuccessful, and his whereabouts are still (as far as I can tell) unknown. :cry: However, a good background and description of the search can be found at...

http://www.informationweek.com/news/sho ... =198701579

I think it's important to know that scientific research techniques can, and often do, have applicability to the "real" world - beyond just "Teflon and Tang"! IMHO, the work that we're doing here can set the groundwork for a wide variety of activities that would otherwise be untenable or impossible...even the saving of a human life.

And to Jim Gray, wherever he may be, at least we hope to honor you by proving a tool for that use in the future...and to bid you God Speed on whatever journey you may have taken!

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