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Computers Cracking The Case Of The Exploding Manhole

A scientist leads the investigation of the mysterious flying manhole covers that plague the streets of New York.

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Suddenly, without warning, the manhole cover launches 20 feet into the air as black smoke belches from the hole in the sidewalk.

In a previous Moment of Science, we learned all about the mysterious flying manhole covers that plague the streets of New York.

Now, a scientist named Cynthia Rudin leads an investigation that she hopes will crack the case wide open. The team has developed a computer algorithm to seek out the problem.

The only question that remains is: who will win? Manhole or machine?

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Molly Plunkett

is a journalism student at Indiana University and an online producer for A Moment of Science. She is originally from Wheaton, IL.

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