Joe Palca http://wfpl.org en A Year On Mars: What's Curiosity Been Up To? http://wfpl.org/post/year-mars-whats-curiosity-been Imagine winning the World Series, the lottery and a Nobel Prize all in one day. That's pretty much how scientists and engineers in mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., felt one year ago when the 1 ton, six-wheeled rover named Curiosity landed safely on Mars.<p>Within minutes, the rover began sending pictures back to Earth. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:10:08 +0000 Joe Palca 6353 at http://wfpl.org A Year On Mars: What's Curiosity Been Up To? Cheesecake Factory, IBM Team Up To Crack The Code Of Customer Bliss http://wfpl.org/post/cheesecake-factory-ibm-team-crack-code-customer-bliss Consider the following entirely fictitious but totally plausible scenario:<p>A diner at the <a href="http://cheesecakeinternational.com/">Kuwait City</a> branch of The Cheesecake Factory restaurant chain complains to his waiter that the pickles in his <a href="http://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/menu/glamburgers/double_cheese_crunch_burger">Americana Cheeseburger</a> (American and cheddar cheese, crunchy potato crisps, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, pickles and secret sauce) had a funny texture. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:06:05 +0000 Joe Palca 4225 at http://wfpl.org Cheesecake Factory, IBM Team Up To Crack The Code Of Customer Bliss Big News From Mars? Rover Scientists Mum For Now http://wfpl.org/post/big-news-mars-rover-scientists-mum-now Scientists working on NASA's six-wheeled rover on Mars have a problem. But it's a good problem.<p>They have some exciting new results from one of the rover's instruments. On the one hand, they'd like to tell everybody what they found, but on the other, they have to wait because they want to make sure their results are not just some fluke or error in their instrument.<p>It's a bind scientists frequently find themselves in, because by their nature, scientists like to share their results. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:23:09 +0000 Joe Palca 2580 at http://wfpl.org Big News From Mars? Rover Scientists Mum For Now