Daily Archives: May 2, 2013

Views from the Solar System (125)

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Dwarfed Wavemaker
NASA – Like a proud peacock displaying its tail, Enceladus shows off its beautiful plume to the Cassini spacecraft’s cameras.

Enceladus (313 miles, or 504 kilometers across) is seen here illuminated by light reflected off Saturn.

This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Enceladus. North on Enceladus is up and rotated 45 degrees to the right. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 18, 2013.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 483,000 miles (777,000 kilometers) from Enceladus and at a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 173 degrees. Image scale is 3 miles (5 kilometers) per pixel.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Leadership In The Three-Speed Economy

By Steve Denning – Is the economy in a recovery? The question today is almost meaningless. That’s because “the economy” is an aggregate of three very different economies, each with its own dynamic.

The Traditional Economy–still the largest–is in steep and fundamental decline.

The seemingly prosperous economy of Financial Capitalism continues to run on bubbles and needs to be reconnected to the real economy.

The Creative Economy is the genuinely flourishing economy of the future. more> http://tinyurl.com/blv59pp

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Six “Megatrends” That Will Shape the Future of Digital Media

By: John Villasenor – The World Economic Forum also works year-round through its network of over eighty global agenda councils, which address a diverse range of topics including biotechnology, climate change, energy security, and youth unemployment.

I’ve been a member of the Forum’s global agenda council on the intellectual property system. We’ve taken a careful look at the forces shaping how people are creating and sharing digital media today:

  • Content distribution models are shifting
  • New technologies are reshaping the creative economy landscape
  • Traditional lines between content creators and content consumers are blurring
  • Business models for digital content distribution are changing
  • Commerce in creative works is increasingly global
  • Technology is making it easier to modify and redistribute content

more> http://tinyurl.com/chy3yn6

Rolling tree planting robot

Dassault Systèmes – Our great winner Geoffrey Cooper. His IF WE Dream was “IF WE design a rolling tree planting robot, we can send them out to replant forests and restore a desertified land. Let’s make it happen!!“. Geoffrey is a industrial designer coming from Canada and lived in Los Angeles at the time of the challenge. more> http://tinyurl.com/dxoc4km

Norway’s Capital Doesn’t Have Enough Trash to Help Power the City

By Kharunya Paramaguru – In an age where there is an increasing demand to find alternatives to landfill sites, and a pressing need to reduce garbage production globally, Oslo, the capital of Norway, is experiencing an unusual problem with its trash: there’s not enough of it.

In order to sustain that waste-energy production, the Norwegians plan on importing garbage-potentially from as far afield as the U.S. given how relatively inexpensive sea transportation is. Last year Sweden also ran out of garbage to burn and plans to import nearly 800,000 tonnes annually to keep up with its energy production. more> http://tinyurl.com/ctcxgdd

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