Innovation

The Search for Novelty in Science

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Why pre-judging the value of potential stepping stones to a solution, stifles scientific innovation. Kenneth Stanley, one of the world’s top artificial intelligence researchers, has produced a fascinating presentation, on why focusing on an objective can sabotage innovation. Consider how you would teach a robot to solve a maze. The…

ISEE-3 Update: Trajectory Correction Maneuver

Dennis Wingo writes: As many of you know, last week we fired the thrusters on ISEE-3 to do a spin-up burn. Before the burn (actually 11 pulses on the spacecraft’s hydrazine thrusters) the spin rate of ISEE-3 was 19.16 rpm. After spin-up burn it was 19.76 rpm. The original mission specifications for ISEE-3 called for…