Daily Archives: January 23, 2014

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Volcanic Smog and Sunglint in the Vanuatu Archipelago

NASA – The Vanuatu Archipelago is a collection of volcanic islands about 1,800 kilometers (1,100 miles) northeast of Australia. Two of the islands, Gaua and Ambrym, frequently vent sulfurous gases.

On Jan. 7, 2014 NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over Vanuatu, allowing the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard to capture this true-color image. A broad plume of volcanic vog and ash rises from Ambrym and spreads across the South Pacific. Vog is a combination of “volcanic” and “smog”, and is formed when gases from a volcano react with sunlight, oxygen and moisture.

The vog appears as a light blue-gray plume which arcs from the volcanic island both to the northwest and to the northeast. In the northeast, the vog crosses a mirror-like swath of silver-gray which runs from north to south. That swath is not volcanic in origin, but is an artifact called “sunglint” – the reflection of the sun off the ocean in a satellite image.

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Image Credit: NASA/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Rapid Response Team

The World’s 85 Richest Are Now Worth as Much as 3.5 Billion Poorest

By Christina Larson – The poorest half of the world’s population—that’s 3.5 billion people—control as much wealth as the richest 85 individuals.

  • In 24 out of 26 countries studied, the richest 1 percent has increased their share of national wealth since 1980
  • In the U.S., 95 percent of post-financial-crash wealth generated (i.e., since 2009) went into the bank accounts of the richest 1 percent
  • Nine in 10 people in the U.S. control less wealth in real terms than they did before the financial crash

Quoting former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis—“We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of the few, but we cannot have both” more> http://tinyurl.com/n6ubbah

9 Considerations To Make Before Taking Your Idea From Prototype To Production

By Cindy Glass – What does it mean to take that awesome prototype into production? Step one: Pull out your cash-flow statement.

Here are nine considerations to make before taking your idea from prototype to production.

  1. BOM (Bill of Materials)
  2. MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity)
  3. PO (Purchase Order)
  4. Tooling
  5. Quality
  6. Packaging
  7. Shipping
  8. Storage
  9. Other fixed costs

If you are building a company around your product, other costs can creep up quickly: website, e-commerce site, merchant account, bookkeeper, workspace, trade shows, and so on. Most of these costs can’t be turned off easily when sales are slow. more> http://tinyurl.com/k5as2wb

The biggest land rush in the history of the internet starts on February 4


By Leo Mirani and David Yanofsky – About 1,000 new generic top-level domain names, or gTLDs (the last bit of an internet address, such as the com in qz.com) will come into existence this year. On Feb. 4, anybody will be able to create and start running a website on the first of the new domains.

So why create a whole new bunch of gTLDs if .jobs, .travel and the like got so little traction? The argument is that the internet—or .com at least—is running out of space. So many names on .com are taken that people and businesses have to struggle to find a suitable one. more> http://tinyurl.com/o73blnj

Work to Live? Not Here, We Don’t

Do Americans like to work -- or do they not have a choice? (Photographer: Stephen Swintek/Getty Images)By Megan McArdle – Overwork is not good for productivity.

If you’re doing physical labor, you get tired.

If you’re doing customer service, you get cranky.

If you’re sitting at a desk doing so-called knowledge work, you get stale and unimaginative.

Every time I come back from vacation, I dive back into work with new ideas and a lot more energy, and I think, “Why don’t I do this more often?” And still, every year, I lose most of my vacation days. more> http://tinyurl.com/ld8gf4v

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