Daily Archives: April 3, 2013

Galactic Views (80)

NGC 602: Taken Under the “Wing” of the Small Magellanic Cloudpar
NASA – The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is one of the Milky Way’s closest galactic neighbors. Even though it is a small, or so-called dwarf galaxy, the SMC is so bright that it is visible to the unaided eye from the Southern Hemisphere and near the equator. Many navigators, including Ferdinand Magellan who lends his name to the SMC, used it to help find their way across the oceans.par
Modern astronomers are also interested in studying the SMC (and its cousin, the Large Magellanic Cloud), but for very different reasons. Because the SMC is so close and bright, it offers an opportunity to study phenomena that are difficult to examine in more distant galaxies.par
Kepler Supernova Remnant: Infrared and Iron (NASA, Chandra, 03/20/13)New Chandra data of the SMC have provided one such discovery: the first detection of X-ray emission from young stars with masses similar to our Sun outside our Milky Way galaxy. The new Chandra observations of these low-mass stars were made of the region known as the “Wing” of the SMC. In this composite image of the Wing the Chandra data is shown in purple, optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope is shown in red, green and blue and infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope is shown in red.par
Astronomers call all elements heavier than hydrogen and helium — that is, with more than two protons in the atom’s nucleus — “metals.” The Wing is a region known to have fewer metals compared to most areas within the Milky Way. There are also relatively lower amounts of gas, dust, and stars in the Wing compared to the Milky Way. more> http://tinyurl.com/cs54que

Wall Street, Political Insiders Quake In Their Guccis About Coming Expose

By Peter Schweizer – Wall Street and Capitol Hill insiders are quaking in their Gucci loafers about a forthcoming government’c2~expos’c3’a9’c2~slated to drop April 4th‘c2~of this year.par
That is when the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) will issue a report on so-called ‘e2’80’9cpolitical intelligence firms’e2’80’9d’e2’80rdblquote shadowy companies that hire former members of Congress, staffers, and other federal officials to scour the halls of Congress and Capitol Hill in search of valuable, market-moving information that is then sold to big hedge funds and financial houses that use the intel to make investments. more> http://tinyurl.com/blkmj3n

Germany welcomes immigrants from Europe’s South

EurActiv – While Britain is trying to contain the influx of immigrants, Germany is making efforts to attract skilled workers from crisis-hit Southern Europe, various European media report.

“We should be happy about this immigration,” social scientist Steffen Kröhnert from the Institute for Population and Development reportedly said. Between 2002 and 2010, Germany’s population decreased by about 800,000 people. Moreover, there is a need for young and qualified professional newcomers in the aging German society. “This is the gap that the immigrants are filling,” added Kröhnert. more> http://tinyurl.com/butx5gs

Chip Suppliers Target Vehicle Complexity

By Charles Murray – Using more cores, bandwidth, Flash memory, and onboard intelligence, the new MCUs could begin to chip away at the complexity issue, which is growing worse, even as suppliers struggle to make in-roads. ‘e2’80’9dIt’e2’80’99s out of control,’e2’80’9d Brad Loane, auto body microcontroller product manager for Freescale Semiconductor, told Design News. ‘e2’80’9cThere’e2’80’99s so much more lighting, so many new user interfaces, so many more sensors and actuators. It’e2’80’99s getting so complex that it’e2’80’99s driving up the weight and the cost.’e2’80’9dpar
Indeed, automotive electronics are now so pervasive that they account for at least 30 percent of the overall cost of a vehicle — and some experts suggest that’e2’80’99s a conservative figure. For hybrids, it could be as high as 45 percent. And, in a few years, hybrids could reach as high as 80 percent. more> http://tinyurl.com/crfa3nt

Vodafone shares drop after Verizon rules out takeover

By Kate Holton – Shares in Vodafone (VOD.L) fell on Wednesday (Apr 3) after Verizon Communications (VZ.N) ruled out a full takeover, turning the focus yet again to whether the two telecom giants can do a deal over their Verizon Wireless joint venture.par
“As Verizon has said many times, it would be a willing purchaser of the 45 percent stake that Vodafone holds in Verizon Wireless,” it said. “It does not, however, currently have any intention to merge with or make an offer for Vodafone, whether alone or in conjunction with others.” more> http://tinyurl.com/cqd7rt5


THOMAS Top Ten – compiled on Mar 31, 2013

Congress watchLibrary of Congress –

  1. H.R. 933 [113th] Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013
  2. S.Amdt. 139 [113th]
    To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty
  3. H.R. 499 [113th]
    Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013
  4. S. 150 [113th]
    A bill to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes
  5. H.R. 3396 [104th]par
    Defense of Marriage Act
  6. S. 47 [113th] Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013
  7. S. 649 [113th]
    Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013
  8. S. 11 [113th]
    Fiscal Sustainability Act of 2013
  9. H.R. 325 [113th]
    To ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, 2013, and for other purposes
  10. H.R. 993 [113th]
    Fruit Heights Land Conveyance Act

Updates from Representative Mike Kelly