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Goldstone’s Antenna Tracks Spacecraft

NASA – Late night in the desert: Goldstone’s 230-foot (70-meter) antenna tracks spacecraft day and night. This photograph was taken on Jan. 11, 2012.

The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex, located in the Mojave Desert in California, is one of three complexes that comprise NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN). The DSN provides radio communications for all of NASA’s interplanetary spacecraft and is also utilized for radio astronomy and radar observations of the solar system and the universe. DSN, the world’s largest and most powerful communications system for “talking to” spacecraft, will reach a milestone on Dec. 24: the 50th anniversary of its official creation.

JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Deep Space Network for NASA. More information about the Deep Space Network is online at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/dsn50.

More information about NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation program is at: www.spacecomm.nasa.gov.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Of Course Washington Is Broken: It Was Designed to Be

English: Detail of Preamble to Constitution of...

English: Detail of Preamble to Constitution of the United States Polski: Fragment preambuły Konstytucji Stanów Zjednoczonych (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BOOK REVIEW

Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches, Authors: Keith Poole, Howard Rosenthal, and Nolan McCarty.

By Peter Aldhous – Those who framed the U.S. Constitution had just fought to free themselves from colonial domination, and they needed to convince skeptical states that the new federal government wasn’t going to be similarly oppressive. The priority wasn’t to make government maximally effective, but instead to tie its hands. “It’s very clear that the founders intended a bias toward inaction,” observes Seth Masket, a political scientist at the University of Denver.

Is that useful today?

But whichever side you’re on, you can take comfort in democracy’s main selling point: If we don’t like what our leaders do, we can always vote the bums out. more> http://tinyurl.com/n49bsy8

How to Explain What’s Happening in Ukraine

BOOK REVIEW

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, Author: Timothy Snyder.

By Andrea Chalupa – East Ukraine was once as nationalistic and Ukrainian-speaking as Western Ukraine is today. The dramatic transformation of the area was a result of ethnic cleansing.

In 1932 a famine engineered by Stalin killed up to an estimated 10 million people, mostly in East Ukraine. Beginning in 1933, the Soviets replaced them with millions of deported Russians. Western Ukraine was then part of Poland and spared. Raphael Lemkin, who first coined the word genocide, used the Ukrainian famine as an example. more> http://tinyurl.com/l86fyv2

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Solar panels perform better when listening to music

By Simon Levy – The sound vibrations that make up music can make solar panels work harder, according to new research, and pop music performs better than classical.

Practical uses for this discovery could include solar powered air conditioning units, laptop computers or electronic components on buses, trains and other vehicles. more> http://tinyurl.com/ohwrh2t

Fed cuts bond buying in first step away from historic stimulus

English: The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserv...

English: The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building (commonly known as the Eccles Building or Federal Reserve Building) located at 20th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Designed by architect Paul Philippe Cret in 1935, construction of the Art Deco building was completed in 1937. Its 2009 property value is $109,029,200.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Jonathan Spicer and Jason Lange – The Fed’s extraordinary money-printing has helped drive stocks to record highs and sparked sharp gyrations in foreign currencies, including a drop in emerging markets earlier this year as investors anticipated an end to the easing.

The central bank‘s asset purchase programs, a centerpiece of its crisis-era policy, have left it holding roughly $4 trillion of bonds, and the path it must follow in dialing it down is rife with numerous risks, including the possibility of higher-than-targeted interest rates and a loss of investor confidence. more> http://tinyurl.com/ks8t5m4

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