Daily Archives: April 24, 2013

NASA technology (45)


Astronaut vs. Robonaut
NASA – Following a session of Robonaut 2 operations controlled by ground personnel, Expedition 35 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy has a few light moments with the robot in the Destiny Laboratory onboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station.

Robonaut 2 is the first humanoid robot to travel to space and the first U.S.-built robot to visit the space station.

Want A Better World? Let’s Work On Boosting Economic Growth

By Edd Noell & Stephen Smith – If we as a society want to live in a better world, we must start taking economic growth seriously. It’s easy for economists to understand why growth is so important–but too often, economists fail to explain why it matters. With increased economic growth, the lives of millions of people around the world–in countries both rich and poor–can be transformed.

The immense power of economic growth is easy to see in dramatic surges like Hong Kong’s, but the transformative power of growth is not limited to poor countries. more> http://tinyurl.com/anjyc59

Europeans Are Thinking the Unthinkable: That Debt Defaults Might Make Sense

By Michael Sivy – None of the euro zone‘s problems have gone away. Political crises beset France, Italy and Spain. Smaller countries, from Portugal to Cyprus, face even more pressing financial troubles. Germany grows less and less willing to foot the bill for bailouts.

There is, in fact, a historical case for tolerating default. Argentina suffered a financial crisis in 1999 that led to a period of high unemployment… more> http://tinyurl.com/c5rfxh3

New fatigue model could lead to more durable, efficient ships

R&D – Heikki Remes at the Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Applied Mechanics, has developed a model making it possible to determine how fatigue sets in with various welded steel materials. The model allows for the development of lighter structures, and as a consequence, more energy-efficient ships.

At present the fatigue measurements used by classification societies are based on the average quality of the weld. The same design guideline is used both with traditional and more advanced structures. With the models that have been developed, it is possible to consider the difference between traditional and advanced structural joints and the impact on fatigue resistance. more> http://tinyurl.com/b4a58ub

10 Remarkable Facts About Online Sales Tax

By Robert W. Wood – With all the hype both pro and con about the online sales tax bill you might have a belly full. Still, these facts about sales and use taxes might surprise you.

  • In 1932, Mississippi was the first state to impose a general state sales tax. By 1940, 23 other states implemented a general sales tax
  • Lost tax revenue on Internet sales was an estimated $11.4 billion in 2012. California alone forecast a loss of $1.9 billion; Texas, $870.4 million; and New York, $865.5 million

more> http://tinyurl.com/a3sckjj



CONGRESS WATCH Join Sen. Sanders for a Special Showing of “Lincoln” May 04, 2013 6:00 PM, US Senate


CONGRESS WATCH Heller Introduces Bill to Help VA Shorten Time for Claims Processing, US Senate


CONGRESS WATCH Boxer Testifies on Legislation to Designate Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial in Riverside, US Senate Video: Boxer Testifies on Legislation to Designate Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial, US Senate