Daily Archives: June 11, 2014

Space Launch System (20)

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Orion Comes Together

NASA – The Orion crew module for Exploration Flight Test-1 is shown in the Final Assembly and System Testing (FAST) Cell, positioned over the service module just prior to mating the two sections together. The FAST cell is where the integrated crew and service modules are put through their final system tests prior to rolling out of the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Technicians are in position to assist with the final alignment steps once the crew module is nearly in contact with the service module. In December, Orion will launch 3,600 miles into space in a four-hour flight to test the systems that will be critical for survival in future human missions to deep space.

Image Credit: NASA/Rad Sinyak

How Citizens United Reshaped the Politics of Climate Change

By Jeffrey Toobin – Far more important was the assertion in Citizens United that money is speech–that money contributed in support of a political campaign is entitled to full First Amendment protections.

This result led, in turn, to the conclusion that individuals could give unlimited amounts to support any candidate they wanted, as long as the money was controlled by a nominally independent entity, not the campaign itself.

The gist of the Citizens United decision is that the Supreme Court gave rich people more or less free rein to spend as much money as they want in support of their favored candidates. more> http://tinyurl.com/p3syzrc

3 Must-Do’s for Leading Through Change

By Scott Eblin – Keeping everyone engaged and productive during a big change is a very tough job for leaders at all levels.

The must-do’s fall in three big categories–yourself, your team and your peers:

  • If you’re a designated leader, there’s going to be a lot of people looking to you for direction and watching you for clues about what’s really going on
  • Engage. To be more specific, be visible. Talk with people
  • Stay connected with your peers. Problem solve together. Kibitz and vent

more> http://tinyurl.com/ptzfs2t

Optical brain scanner goes where other brain scanners can’t

By Michael C. Purdy – The new optical approach to brain scanning is ideally suited for children and for patients with electronic implants, such as pacemakers, cochlear implants and deep brain stimulators (used to treat Parkinson’s disease).

The magnetic fields in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) often disrupt either the function or safety of implanted electrical devices, whereas there is no interference with the optical technique.

The new technology is called diffuse optical tomography (DOT). While researchers have been developing it for more than 10 years, the method had been limited to small regions of the brain. The new DOT instrument covers two-thirds of the head and for the first time can image brain processes taking place in multiple regions and brain networks such as those involved in language processing and self-reflection (daydreaming). more> http://tinyurl.com/lxlj29a

Grow up, journalists

By Gregory Rodriguez – Nearly a century ago, philosopher and educational reformer John Dewey reminded us that “a democracy is more than a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience.”

For democracy to function, he argued, citizens need to understand not only the inner workings of government, but also how our actions and opinions play out in society as a whole. more> http://tinyurl.com/mntpko3