Daily Archives: April 2, 2013

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Alaskan Mountains Seen During IceBridge Transit
NASA – Alaskan mountains seen from high altitude aboard the NASA P-3B during the IceBridge transit flight from Thule to Fairbanks on March 21, 2013.

NASA’s Operation IceBridge is an airborne science mission to study Earth’s polar ice. For more information about IceBridge, visit: www.nasa.gov/icebridge. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard

Mitch McConnell Prepares To Give Barack Obama The Political Shellacking Of A Lifetime

By Ralph Benko – Coming up next: a political Battle of Armageddon over repealing Obamacare. The Republicans are attempting to take the majority in the Senate. The Democrats ambitiously wish to take the majority in the House.par
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Enter Obamacare ‘e2’80rdblquote which now has landed as the issue on which national politics almost is sure to hinge in the upcoming political cycle. If indeed Obamacare degrades health care (and makes it more expensive and an even bigger hassle) it will prove more of a political liability than an asset. What does the political battlefield look like? more> http://tinyurl.com/cu6jgv5

Germany sees itself as Europe’s grown-up, children sullen

By Paul Taylor – Buoyed by solid finances, roaring exports and low unemployment, Germany increasingly sees itself as the only grown-up in Europe, responsible for bringing wayward children into line to hold the family together.par
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The mood among German politicians and officials is one of economic self-confidence tinged with a sense of parental duty to provide the euro zone with stiff-backed leadership, even if that makes them unpopular in Europe. more> http://tinyurl.com/cd9a7me

Electronics Add Glitter to New Rolls-Royce

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By Charles Murray – Known as the Wraith, the new luxury car combines a V-12 engine with an eight-speed, satellite-aided transmission that “sees” the road ahead. It also incorporates LED exterior lights, a “starry night” array of fiber-optic lamps on the ceiling, and a touchscreen that reads handwritten messages. “It’s a very intuitive vehicle,” Rolls-Royce spokesman James Warren told Design News. “It can see beyond what the driver sees.” more> http://tinyurl.com/d25n8em

Russian-American crew taking short cut to space station

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By Steve Gutterman and Irene Klotz – The express route, used for the first time to fly a crew to the station, shaved about 45 hours off the usual ride, allowing NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin to get a jumpstart on their planned 5.5-month mission.par
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All previous station crews, whether flying aboard NASA’s now-retired space shuttles or on Russian Soyuz capsules, took at least two days to reach the station, a $100 billion research laboratory that flies about 250 miles above Earth. more> http://tinyurl.com/bs9bb6b

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