Daily Archives: February 6, 2012

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SPACE WATCH

J-2X Test, Control Room Monitoring
NASA – Engineers and technicians in the A-2 Test Control Center at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi monitor activities during a Nov. 9 test of a next-generation J-2X rocket engine. The 500-second test marked an important step in development of an upper stage for NASA’s new heavy-lift Space Launch System. The J-2X engine is being developed for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne of Canoga Park, Calif. Image credit: NASA/SSC

Installing RS-25D Engine Into Transportation Canister
Technicians oversee the installation of a Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne RS-25D engine into a transportation canister in the Engine Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The 15 engines used during the Space Shuttle Program will moved to Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi, where they will be stored for future use on NASA’s new deep space heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System. Credit: NASA/KSC

RS-25D Engines at Kennedy’s Engine Processing Facility
RS-25D engines line the wall of the Engine Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The 15 engines used during the Space Shuttle Program are being transfered to Stennis Space Center, Miss., where they will be stored for future use on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System, which will carry NASA’s new Orion spacecraft, cargo, equipment and science experiments beyond low-Earth orbit. Credit: NASA/KSC

RS-25D Engine Awaits Shipment at Kennedy Space Center
A RS-25D engine in the Engine Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., is awaiting placement in a transportation canister for shipment to Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi. The 15 RS-25D engines used during the Space Shuttle Program will be stored at Stennis for future use on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System, which will carry NASA’s new Orion spacecraft, cargo, equipment and science experiments beyond low-Earth orbit. Credit: NASA/KSC

How Economics Contributed to the Financial Crisis

BOOK REVIEW

The Making of an Economist, Authors: Arjo Klamer and David Colander.

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By John T. Harvey – A lot of blame has been spread around regarding the financial collapse and the onset of the Great Recession. One group has largely avoided their fair share of attention: economists.

They were the ones who provided the intellectual justification for the transformation of our economy over the past thirty years. They stood idly by as jobs went overseas, demand was sapped by increasingly uneven distributions of income, competition was destroyed by lax attitudes towards antitrust laws, and safeguards were discarded in the financial sector. More than that, many actually praised these events.

There was actually a poll among economists to determine which of their brethren they thought most responsible for our current debacle. The “winners” were as follows:

  1. Alan Greenspan
  2. Milton Friedman
  3. Larry Summers

more> http://tinyurl.com/7ula72v

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IBM chief to launch postgraduate review

By Louisa Peacock – The chief technology officer at the computer giant will chair an independent inquiry on behalf of the Higher Education Commission, a cross-party group set up last summer by Labour MP Barry Sheerman, to determine whether postgraduate education is fit for purpose.

The UK “urgently needed a robust strategy on postgraduate education,” Graham Spittle said, adding for too long British governments had focused purely on degrees to plug higher skills gaps – but this was not enough. more> http://tinyurl.com/7v7rujj

‘Start-Stop’ Hybrids Hit the Road

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By Charles Murray – If you start your car two or three times a day, prepare for a shock. Over the next decade, that figure is likely to rise by a factor of 10. Soon your car’s engine will automatically shut down at traffic lights and stop signs. It will turn off during heavy rush-hour driving. It may even shut down when you pull your foot off the accelerator and coast, possibly at speeds of up to 75mph. Experts say the so-called start-stop wave is coming.

US automakers have begun unveiling a new breed of start-stop-equipped vehicles. Ford, Chevy, Buick, Kia, and BMW will roll out the technology early in 2012. Their vehicles will join a handful of models from Fiat, Volvo, and Alfa Romeo that already have it. more> http://tinyurl.com/6s6tl99

THOMAS Top Ten – compiled on Jan 29 2012

Congress watchLibrary of Congress –

  1. H.R. 3261 [112th]
    Stop Online Piracy Act
  2. H.R. 3012 [112th]
    Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act
  3. H.R. 1981 [112th]
    Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011
  4. S. 1867 [112th]
    National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
  5. S. 968 [112th]
    Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011
  6. H.R. 1540 [112th]
    National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
  7. H.R. 1148 [112th]
    Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act
  8. H.R. 3630 [112th]
    Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011
  9. S. 570 [112th]
    A bill to prohibit the Department of Justice from tracking and cataloguing the purchases of multiple rifles and shotguns
  10. H.R. 3699 [112th]
    Research Works Act
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CONGRESS WATCH Hanna, T&I Committee Unveil Major Transportation, Jobs Legislation, US Congress Girl Scouts Celebrate 100th Anniversary, girl scouts Related articles Updates from Congressman Richard Hanna (blogs.strategygroup.net)

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CONGRESS WATCH Rep. Scott Tipton Weekly Update February 3, 2012, YouTube [VIDEO 4:04] Oil shale bill still needs work, Editorial, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel/US Congress KJCT Channel 8 Grand Junction Tipton Amends the PIONEERS Act, YouTube [VIDEO 1:03] Phone-in town … Continue reading