Daily Archives: April 12, 2013

NASA Memory Lane (27)

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On April 12, 1981.par
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NASA – A new era in space flight began on April 12, 1981, when Space Shuttle Columbia, or STS-1, soared into orbit from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.par
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Astronaut John Young, a veteran of four previous spaceflights including a walk on the moon in 1972, commanded the mission. Navy test pilot Bob Crippen piloted the mission and would go on to command three future shuttle missions. The shuttle was humankind’s first re-usable spacecraft. The orbiter would launch like a rocket and land like a plane. The two solid rocket boosters that helped push them into space would also be re-used, after being recovered in the ocean. Only the massive external fuel tank would burn up as it fell back to Earth. It was all known as the Space Transportation System.par
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Twenty years prior to the historic launch, on April 12, 1961, the era of human spaceflight began when Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth in his Vostock I spacecraft. The flight lasted 108 minutes.par
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Pictured here: a timed exposure of STS-1, at Launch Pad A, Complex 39, turns the space vehicle and support facilities into a night- time fantasy of light. Structures to the left of the shuttle are the fixed and the rotating service structure.

The sorrow and the pity of Obama’s budget

By Chrystia Freeland – Pity Barack Obama. Everything in his life experience prepared him to be the president who would take on the big challenge of the 21st century: rising income inequality and the hollowing out of the middle class.par
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Obama’s swift political ascent soon propelled him back into the world of the plutocrats, but even as he was pocketing their donations, he worried about coming to share their worldview. Obama feared that hanging out too much with the super-rich would skew his perspective. He was concerned, he wrote, about losing sight of the “frequent hardship of the other 99 percent of the population ‘e2’80rdblquote that is, the people that I’d entered public life to serve.” more> http://tinyurl.com/brfnk3cpar
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Are Chinese State Owned Enterprises A Threat To U.S. Companies?

By Colin Mayer – The last few years have witnessed the rapid growth not just of the Chinese economy but in particular of the Chinese state owned enterprises (SOEs).par
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The Chinese economy and the SOEs raise similar issues to the Japanese experience. Do they represent the next major challenge for the U.S. and a new corporate form that poses a major threat to the survival of U.S. corporations or, as in the case of Japan, is this a flash in the pan that will in due course also implode with devastating consequences for the Chinese economy? more> http://tinyurl.com/bpor5qp

Updates from SIEMENS

Motorsport engineering teams use online tools to speed software learning curve
Siemens – It’e2’80’99s all about speed. Speed is the essence of auto racing. The first car to the finish line wins. So it is the responsibility of every crew member ‘e2’80ldblquote including those who work at team headquarters designing and building parts and systems ‘e2’80ldblquote to do whatever they can to help make the cars go faster. For design teams, it’e2’80’99s important that they are proficient with the software, coming up to speed on the software quickly and staying strong thereafter. That’e2’80’99s where Learning Advantage comes in.

Learning Advantage is a convenient e-Learning portal that provides cost effective and time efficient methods for users to gain skills and knowledge of Siemens PLM Software solutions. This system provides access to an unparalleled library of self-paced courses and assessments, as well as management tools for companies to measure learning progress and to administer learning programs. Our course development teams work closely with our software developers to ensure that prescribed processes reflect the intended product usage and industry best practices. more> http://tinyurl.com/c8sqtsc

Austrians’ love of bank secrecy has deep roots

By Michael Shields – Call it the battle for grandma’s passbook.

That is how politicians here are framing a debate over whether Austria should roll back banking secrecy and share information on depositors with European partners and the United States. Luxembourg’s decision this week to open its books has fixed attention on Austria, the last EU holdout.par
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The discussion has touched a nerve in a country where the confidentiality banks offer is so cherished that banking secrecy is anchored in the constitution. Why Austrians are so wedded to such secrecy is answered in part by a distrust of authority. The country’s Catholic identity and a nod-and-wink approach to off-the-books work in the shadow economy may play a role too. more> http://tinyurl.com/clhe2zr

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