Daily Archives: December 11, 2013

Views from the Solar System (178)


Yellowknife Bay Formation on Mars

NASA – This mosaic of images from Curiosity’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) shows geological members of the Yellowknife Bay formation. The scene has the Sheepbed mudstone in the foreground and rises up through Gillespie Lake member to the Point Lake outcrop. These rocks record superimposed ancient lake and stream deposits that offered past environmental conditions favorable for microbial life. Rocks here were exposed about 70 million years ago by removal of overlying layers due to erosion by the wind.

The scene is a portion of a 111-image mosaic acquired during the 137th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work on Mars (Dec. 24, 2012). The foothills of Mount Sharp are visible in the distance, upper left, southwest of camera position.

> Annotated View of Yellowknife Bay Formation, With Drilling Sites

> NASA Rover Results Include First Age Measurement on Mars and Help for Human Exploration

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Lazy Journalists Aren’t to Blame for Death of Print


Print (Photo credit: Helga’s Lobster Stew)

By Megan McArdle – Companies who wanted to inform people about their firm’s activities used to have basically three choices: print media, television or radio. (OK, four if you count billboards.) These were all media companies, and they used the money corporations gave them to produce news.

Now companies have a lot more options.

Print media used to bundle content and distribution into one profitable package. Now that package has been unbundled — and print media got left with the part that doesn’t make much money. more> http://tinyurl.com/k8vy4yj

Three Ways to Improve U.S. Healthcare, as Demonstrated in India

By John Mandrola – The most pressing problem with American healthcare is that it is too wasteful.

Two professors uncovered nine private hospitals in India that provide quality care at a fraction of U.S. prices. For example, cardiac surgery there costs $3,200, which is 5 to 10 percent of the cost in the United States. Outcomes are comparable and the hospitals make a profit.

The best results in medicine come when we allow practitioners (and their teams) to specialize in their craft. This is not what happens in the United States. Here, competing hospitals dilute the talent. more> http://tinyurl.com/luzoozd

Two Ways Google’s Android Platform Is Helping Redefine the Tech Industry

By Ben Bajarin – Android first role is as a smartphone platform. Most hardware manufactures do not own and develop their own operating system. Most like Samsung, HTC, LG and nearly all other smartphone brands you can name, must use an operating system platform that someone else creates.

While some contend that Apple has had the greatest impact on the irrelevance of Microsoft in mobile, the reality is that Android is the culprit. more> http://tinyurl.com/qjd2jcp

How Technology Has Changed Workplace Communication


Never Eat Alone, Who’s Got Your Back, Author: Keith Ferrazzi.

By Natalie Burg – “Collaboration technology sprang up 20 years ago, but we kept acting, behaviorally, like we did when we were meeting face to face,” said Keith Ferrazzi.

Collaboration used to happen in board rooms with whiteboards and bagels. Today, it’s on documents being edited by multiple people all over the world at the same time. It’s sharing screen data and chatting over video. more> http://tinyurl.com/l66tb74