Daily Archives: April 4, 2013

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NASA – On March 17, 2013, NASA’e2’80’99s Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) acquired synthetic aperture radar data over the Napo River in Ecuador and Peru. The image colors indicate the likelihood of inundation (flooding) beneath the forest canopy, which is difficult to determine using traditional optical sensors.par
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Red and yellow shades indicate a high likelihood of standing water with emergent vegetation, blue and green shades are areas less likely to be inundated, and black indicates the open water areas of the Napo River. These data, which have already been transmitted to a field team working along the Napo River, will be used to guide field measurements during a second observation by UAVSAR on March 31, 2013.par
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The image is a 8.7-mile-wide by 5.6-mile-long (14-kilometer-wide by 9-kilometer-long) segment of an image measuring more than 124 miles (200 kilometers) long. North is toward the upper right. The resolution is 20 feet (6 meters). UAVSAR data like these are helping scientists assess the effectiveness of using synthetic aperture radar data to study the inundation dynamics of this and similar rivers around the world. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Social Security as solution, not problem

By Josh Freedman – Social Security is not the problem ‘e2’80ldblquote it is the solution. Washington is filled with talk of a looming ‘e2’80’9cretirement crisis.’e2’80’9dpar
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But the real problem is not the long-term solvency of Social Security. Rather, it is the fact that millions of Americans are facing an insecure and underfunded retirement.par
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Designed as a supplement t0 other retirement income, Social Security has become the primary retirement security program for the majority of workers. We need to expand it to make up for where other retirement supports have fallen short. more> http://tinyurl.com/bvnarkt

Hunger Figures Show Massive Failure of Food Stamps (Or Fishy Statistics)

By Paul Roderick Gregory – Statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Agriculture reveal that childhood hunger rates remain high. The U.S. Census Bureau calculates that 29.2 percent of families with children are ‘e2’80’9cfood insecure,’e2’80’9d to use the agriculture department’e2’80’99s term. Insofar as 32 million of the 78 million U.S. families have children, this means that some 20 million children live in food insecure households.

Another 32 million school children receive free or highly subsidized meals at schools. The federal, state and local government cost of school meals is some $14 billion, or about $438 per year per recipient. For the single mother with two kids, free school lunches add almost $1,000 to her food budget.

Either we have a colossal policy failure of our federal food programs or there is something fishy with the federal government’e2’80’99s measure of ‘e2’80’9chunger.’e2’80’9d more> http://tinyurl.com/c5tw7x2

Updates from BOEING

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Boeing – Between 1984 and 1997, Boeing produced 937 AH-64As for the U.S. Army, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.par
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The radar-equipped AH-64D Apache Longbow features numerous enhanced capabilities, including:par

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  • Longer-range weapons accuracy and all-weather/night fighting
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  • Detection of objects (moving or stationary) without being detected
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  • Classification and threat-prioritization of up to 128 targets in less than a minute
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  • Integrated sensors, networking, and digital communications for situational awareness, management of the combat arena in real time, and digital transmission of images and target locations to joint operations battlefield commanders
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Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Team Apache suppliers worldwide are applauding the news that the U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopter fleet has surpassed 3.5 million flight hours.par
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The Army’s aviation program office said that the milestone of endurance and reliability was reached in June as Apache crews flew combat missions in Afghanistan, participated in exercises in South Korea, and trained with the new AH-64D Apache Block III. Apaches began operating in 1984.par
more> http://tinyurl.com/cpdjtlw

Nebula Launches First Branded ‘Cloud Computer’

By Chris Preimesberger – The company that created this data center rack-type device is Mountain View, Calif.-based startup Nebula, which has been working on it for nearly two years and launched it April 2. Nebula, which launched itself at the OSCON conference in 2011, was spun out of NASA’s open-source Nebula cloud operating system project.par
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Enterprise cloud hoster Rackspace produced its own open-source cloud operating system, OpenStack, around the same time, and now the two projects are intertwined. Nebula uses the OpenStack system inside its device. more> http://tinyurl.com/d9dmsp9par
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