Daily Archives: January 10, 2014

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Orbital-1 Antares Launch

NASA – An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen as it launches from Pad-0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, Wallops Island, VA. Antares is carrying the Cygnus spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The Orbital-1 mission is Orbital Sciences’ first contracted cargo delivery flight to the space station for NASA. Cygnus is carrying science experiments, crew provisions, spare parts and other hardware to the space station.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

More Jobs Are the Antidote to Inequality


Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People, Authors: Dean Baker and Jared Bernstein.

By Ezra Klein – Average American workers have lost power. Their unions have been crushed, their jobs made easier to ship overseas, and their competition has expanded to include not only low-wage foreigners but, increasingly, robots. Their skills are slipping, their educations have been rendered inadequate by technological complexity, and they can no longer trust regulators to stop a super-empowered finance sector from detonating the global economy, throwing tens of millions out of work, in pursuit of profit.

No politician actively opposes full employment. What they oppose are policies that lead to it. Baker and Bernstein are particularly effective at exposing the economic assumptions that undermine full employment. Many are so commonplace they’re practically built right into the language of the political system. more> http://tinyurl.com/mnwpadn


The World Economy’s Shifting Challenges

By George Soros – The euro’s design – which was modeled on the Deutsche Mark – has a fatal flaw. Creating a common central bank without a common treasury means that government debts are denominated in a currency that no single member country controls, making them subject to the risk of default. As a consequence of the crash of 2008, several member countries became over indebted, and risk premia made the eurozone’s division into creditor and debtor countries permanent.

The current arrangements governing the euro are here to stay, because Germany will always do the bare minimum to preserve the common currency – and because the markets and the European authorities would punish any other country that challenged these arrangements.

What was meant to be a voluntary association of equal states that sacrificed part of their sovereignty for the common good – the embodiment of the principles of an open society – has now been transformed by the euro crisis into a relationship between creditor and debtor countries that is neither voluntary nor equal. more> http://tinyurl.com/odg3tm9

Updates from SIEMENS

New ISO standard streamlines the collaboration in ship lifecycle

SIEMENS – Data, knowledge-sharing and collaboration are bigger challenges in the shipbuilding industry than other industries. Complications come from large amounts of data, different design and manufacturing stages, different disciplines and different software. Further adding to the challenges are the huge supply chain which includes design agents, equipment manufacturers, block fabricators and more.

More recently, with the expanding worldwide collaboration network which is resulting in design, engineering and manufacturing in extended enterprise, the shipyard and its entire supply chain has to manage this complexity of communication in a heterogeneous environment.

To support this, there is a need for a product representation method which can meet the demands of application and hardware independence, support the total lifecycle of a ship, generate viewpoint-specific representations, and rapidly share information between geographically-distributed applications and users while protecting corporate intellectual property.

Siemens PLM Software’s JT™ technology has been approved by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as an International Standard (ISO 14306:2012). JT provides a lightweight data format for 3D product information visualization and collaboration.

Because of JT, shipyard manufacturers, suppliers, even IT vendors and academia can work together to speed up the development of ship.

JT as a neutral lightweight format can handle several processes in design, construction and lifecycle support for the shipbuilding industry:

  • Program and project management
  • Collaborative design and engineering
  • Ship digital construction
  • Supplier chain management
  • Services and supports

The applications of JT go beyond visualization, so it is possible to optimize product engineering processes by integrating a JT-based solution into selected processes. Shipyards can use a combination of JT-supported processes along with processes which need the use of native computer-aided design (CAD) tools or various PLM systems.

Leading shipbuilders have already adopted JT technology in the development and manufacturing process of ship. more> http://tinyurl.com/motmqst


On Measuring Changes in Income

By Greg Mankiw – To divert attention from the disastrous rollout of his health reform, President Obama has decided to change the national conversation to discuss increasing inequality.

This national conversation has generated renewed attention to the highly influential Piketty-Saez data.  It is worth pointing out, therefore, some limitations of these data, which have been stressed by Cornell economist Richard Burkhauser: The data are on tax units rather than households, they do not include many government transfer payments, they are pre-tax rather than post-tax, they do not adjust for changes in household size, and they do not include nontaxable compensation such as employer-provided health insurance. more> http://tinyurl.com/lv7a825


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