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Two commercial jetliners flying at high altitude above a major American city—both carrying hundreds of passengers—are heading toward each other. There is little time to spare before they will collide. Somehow, this impending crash goes undetected by the flight directors at the nearby Air Route Traffic Control Center, whose job it is to route plane traffic through the city's airspace. And somehow, neither pilot notices the pending head-on collision.
With the planes hurtling toward each other at speeds upward of 500 miles per hour, the on-board traffic alert system sounds an alarm. The pilots must act, and act immediately. In...Read More
In This Issue
July 2010, Vol. 7 No. 3
Would you welcome the chance to rent your neighbor's idle car when you're left stranded without a set of wheels?
Could you ever imagine wanting to taste something that grows in the ground and has to be sniffed out by pigs or dogs?
Is it possible that a bunch of robots are bandmates to a legendary jazz guitarist who is on a worldwide tour?
Has Barbie really become a computer engineer?
Who are Carnegie Mellon's reigning Nobel laureates and Churchill scholars, and how did they achieve such remarkable success?
For the answers, start reading the July issue of Carnegie Mellon Today!
On a 57-acre farm in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Franklin Garland hoped to grow something most Americans have never tasted—French truffles. In fact, the Carnegie Mellon alumnus hadn't even sampled the French delicacy when he first pursued the idea of creating one of the first French truffle orchards on North American soil.
Stimulating conversations on any number of subjects have been occurring on the campuses of colleges and universities for generations. Sometimes they lead nowhere, sometimes they lead to really good ideas, and sometimes, as is the case with Carnegie Mellon alumnus Oliver Williamson, they can lead to a Nobel Prize.
Jolly Good Show
The Churchill Scholarship gives students an opportunity for postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge in England, one of the world's oldest and most renowned institutions. But only 14 students are chosen each year from among more than 100 colleges and universities. One of this year's finalists happened to be from Carnegie Mellon.