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When Google Earth Microsoft eScience Group scientist Jim Gray didn't return from an oceangoing trip, Coast Guard cutters and helicopters searched for him night and day, but gave up the search last Thursday (Feb. 1).

Someone at Amazon wondered why the power of the web couldn't be brought to bear on this critical problem. Sparing no expense, Amazon arrange for a satellite sweep of the area where Jim Gray must still be located, and stored all the images on its server.


Now you can help find him by searching these images, looking for foreign objects in the water. Might want to mosey on over there and give it a try. Hopefully we can all help find him before it's too late.

Jim Gray Missing [Amazon Mechanical Turk, via TechCrunch]