Daily Archives: November 23, 2011

Space Construction (8)

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View from Shuttle Discovery, STS-102-3

NASA – STS102-E-5379 (18 March 2001) — The International Space Station (ISS) backdropped against black space was photographed with a digital still camera from the Space Shuttle Discovery on March 18, 2001. It is a standard practice for the shuttle to make a final fly-around of the outpost following unlinking from it. A new crew comprised of cosmonaut Yury V. Usachev and astronauts James S. Voss and Susan J. Helms will spend several months aboard the station.

View from Shuttle Discovery, STS-102-3

STS102-712-005 (18 March 2001) — Backdropped against the blackness of space, the International Space Station (ISS) is now separated from the Space Shuttle Discovery after several days of joint activities and an important crew exchange. One of the astronauts aboard Discovery took this 70mm photograph from the aft flight deck.

View from Shuttle Discovery, STS-102-4

STS102-714-078 (18 March 2001) — Backdropped against water and clouds, the International Space Station (ISS) is now separated from the Space Shuttle Discovery after several days of joint activities and an important crew exchange. One of the astronauts aboard Discovery took this 70mm photograph from the aft flight deck.

View from Shuttle Endeavour, STS-100

STS100-E-5958 (29 April 2001) — Backdropped against the blue and white Earth and sporting a readily visible new addition in the form of the Canadarm2 or space station robotic arm, the International Space Station (ISS) was photographed following separation from the Space Shuttle Endeavour. With six astronauts and a Rosaviakosmos cosmonaut aboard the shuttle, the spacecraft performed a fly-around survey of the station, which was inhabited by two astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut. The image was recorded with a digital still camera.

Income Gap Dooms Supercommittee

BOOK REVIEW
The Big Sort, Authors: Bill Bishop and Robert Cushing.
Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches, Authors: Nolan McCarty, Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal.

By Peter Orszag – A new study provides a hint about one possible force behind this political segregation: Americans are increasingly choosing to live near people in their own income bracket. According to research by Sean Reardon and Kendra Bischoff of Stanford University, in 1970, almost two-thirds of American families lived in middle-income neighborhoods. By 2007, only 44 percent did. The share of those living in a poor neighborhood, in the same period, more than doubled, from 8 percent to 17 percent. So did the share living in an affluent neighborhood — from 7 percent to 14 percent.

As Reardon and Bischoff conclude, “The increasing isolation of the affluent from low- and moderate-income families means that a significant proportion of society’s resources are concentrated in a smaller and smaller proportion of neighborhoods.” A separate study, by Tara Watson of Williams College, concluded that trends in income inequality can fully explain recent increases in economic segregation. more> http://is.gd/y9eOuS

“Disastrous” bond sale shakes confidence in Germany

By Stephen Brown and Noah Barkin – The Bundesbank was forced to retain almost half of a sale of 6 billion euros due to a shortage of bids by investors. The result pushed the cost of borrowing over 10 years for the bloc’s paymaster above those for the United States for the first time since October.

One senior ratings agency official said the rise in its own borrowing costs could even give Germany a pause to re-examine its refusal to embrace a broader solution to resolve the debt crisis. more> http://is.gd/GxT1Gg

Sparking Growth Systematically

By Robert B Tucker – Appleton Papers, based in Appleton, Wisc., found itself in the unenviable position of being the world’s leading producer of a product fewer and fewer customers want: carbonless paper, the kind used in forms that need to be filled out in triplicate. The company already had a suggestion program for cost-savings ideas, but it desperately needed ideas that would replace revenue. So it created the GO Process (short for “growth opportunities”), which regularly solicits ideas from everybody in the company.

“In one year we’ve gotten over 700 new product ideas from our 2,500 employees,” says Dennis Hultgren, Appleton’s vice president. One of these is a new digital paper product that has been launched in Germany. “What we’ve learned is that it’s important to bring everybody in on [the search].” more> http://is.gd/J1RsV2

Siemens occupies top position for patent applications in Europe

Siemens – Last fiscal year Siemens increased the number of inventions registered by its employees to approximately 8,600 — that amounts to 40 per workday. A major contribution to this figure was made by 12 particularly successful researchers and developers, whom Siemens honored as “Inventors of the Year 2011” at a ceremony in Munich on November 22.

In recent years these inventors have been responsible for a combined total of 730 registered inventions and 636 individual patents. “Every day they demonstrate a pioneering spirit, entrepreneurial thinking, and international teamwork. These are exactly the factors we need in order to be successful in the world markets both now and in the future,” said Siemens CEO Peter Löscher at the award ceremony. more>

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CONGRESS WATCH Cost Estimate for H.R. 2829, United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act of 2011 Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on October 13, 2011 Cost Estimate for S. 1119, … Continue reading