In what sounds like the plot of a '70s caper movie, the Chronicle reported today that Google is funding a competition to see who can get a robotic rover on the moon first. The contest is the brainchild of Google co-founder Sergey Brin and compatriots. “I was shocked at how this incredible space for human discovery was left absent” from private sector support, Brin said, adding, “If we are going to sponsor things, it should be for new discovery and in ambitious and unexpected ways.” And what's better than just throwing some money at research? Holding a big ol' race with a cash prize. (click 'more')
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