Daily Archives: September 23, 2011

NASA Sounds (2)

SPACE WATCH
NASA – Here’s a collection of NASA sounds from historic Apollo and Mercury spaceflights

  • Apollo 8: Merry Christmas
  • Apollo 11: We Have a Lift-Off
  • Apollo 11: Eagle Has Landed Extended
  • Apollo 11: That’s One Small Step for (a) Man
  • Apollo 12: Cardiac Sim
  • Apollo 12: All Weather Testing
  • Apollo 13: Houston, We’ve Had a Problem
  • JFK: Return Him Safely to Earth
  • JFK: We Choose the Moon with Apollo 11 Launch
  • JFK: We Choose the Moon
  • Mercury 6: Zero G
  • Mercury 6: God Speed
  • Mercury 7: Liftoff
  • Mercury 7: Fireflies
  • Mercury 7: Guaymas Greeting
  • Mercury 9: Astronaut Cooper Comments

At hearing, supercommittee members display eagerness to tackle tax reform

President Barack Obama speaks to a joint sessi...

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By Bernie Becker – Supercommittee members from both parties called for lower corporate tax rates on Thursday, raising hopes that the deficit-cutting panel could tackle tax reform.

But the latest hearing of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction also featured the partisan squabbling over taxes that has repeatedly derailed deficit negotiations this Congress. more> http://is.gd/JCK2ZJ

Greece says not seeking new way out of crisis

By Lefteris Papadimas and Renee Maltezou – Greece sought to play down reports on Friday that it was considering a solution to its debt crisis involving bigger losses for its banking creditors, while a fresh round of strikes gripped the country in protest against new austerity measures.

“When we see that there is not a rudimentary equal distribution of the weight and it all falls on the usual people, the wage earners and pensioners, how can we not react?” said Yannis Panagopoulos, head of private sector union GSEE. more> http://is.gd/LxEMBe

China’s Rare Earth Export Cutbacks Raise Alarms

By Kristin Lewotsky – Rare earth elements such as neodymium (Nd) and dysprosium (Dy) play essential roles in products ranging from motors to white-light LEDs. Permanent magnets containing Nd typically produce magnetic fields five or more times as large as those produced by ferric magnets. The addition of Dy prevents them from demagnetizing at high temperatures. Those attributes make rare earth magnets highly appealing for motor applications.

Opening or reopening mines outside China — is already under way around the globe. Molycorp Minerals LLC of Greenwood Village, Colo., has secured permits and $781 million in funding to reopen the Mountain Pass mine in California, which was priced out of the market in 2004. more> http://is.gd/vFEjng

Google chief promises Senate: We’ll be good!

By Brad Reed – While acknowledging that his company has extraordinary power and influence over the Web, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt yesterday promised the Senate that Google wouldn’t be evil.

At issue in yesterday’s hearing was whether Google used its disproportionate power in the search engine space to favor its own secondary services in search results over those of its competitors. Wisconsin Democrat Herbert Kohl, for instance, quoted Google Vice President Marissa Mayer as saying that Google favored its own Google Finance search results whenever users search for stock market quotes on publicly traded companies. more> http://is.gd/OIH7mS