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Sunday, December 6, 2009

MIT wins $40,000 prize in nationwide balloon-hunt contest

A aggregation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology won $40,000 in a high-tech scavenger coursing on Saturday by advertent the area of 10 red acclimate balloons.The Defense Advanced Analysis Projects Bureau appear that the MIT aggregation was the aboriginal accumulation in the claiming to address the breadth and breadth coordinates of all 10 balloons, which were broadcast beyond the United States.DARPA is the U.S. military's analysis arm. Saturday's claiming is the most recent in a alternation that the bureau has hosted back 2004.This claiming was advised to analysis the way amusing networking and lesser-known Web-based techniques can advice achieve a large-scale, time-critical task.DARPA said in a accounting account that the MIT aggregation apparent the locations of the 8-foot-wide balloons beneath than nine hours afterwards they launched, about 10 a.m. ET.