Daily Archives: June 18, 2014

Views from the Solar System (213)

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Spurting Plasma

NASA – A stream of plasma burst out from the sun, but since it lacked enough force to break away, most of it fell back into the sun (May 27, 2014). The video, seen in a combination of two wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light, covers a little over two hours. This eruption was minor and such events occur almost every day on the sun and suggest the kind of dynamic activity being driven by powerful magnetic forces near the sun’s surface.

View ‘Spurting Plasma’ video

Image credit: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory

4 Ways Companies Can Fix The Employment Skills Gap

By Gwen Moran – Rod Hewlett, dean of Bellevue’s College of Business works directly with its advisory group and businesses to research and assess the skills that new graduates need to be attractive to employers.

he finds that the key skills for most jobs include:

  • Problem identification and solving skills
  • Decision-making ability
  • Good judgment
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Reason

Students participate in hands-on projects and in settings designed to simulate real-world work situations, sometimes in partnership with businesses. Instructors and fellow students review performance and give feedback. more> http://tinyurl.com/n2b7lxz

The Science of Our Optimism Bias and the Life-Cycle of Happiness

BOOK REVIEW

The Science of Optimism: Why We’re Hard-Wired for Hope, Author: Tali Sharot.

By Maria Popova – “Although the belief in a better future is often an illusion, optimism has clear benefits in the present. Hope keeps our minds at ease, lowers stress, and improves physical health. This is probably the most surprising benefit of optimism. All else being equal, optimists are healthier and live longer.

“It is not just that healthy people are more optimistic, but optimism can enhance health. Expecting our future to be good reduces stress and anxiety, which is good for our health.” more> http://tinyurl.com/c6jcu3b

Sensor in eye could track pressure changes, monitor glaucoma

By Michelle Ma – Your eye could someday house its own high-tech information center, tracking important changes and letting you know when it’s time to see an eye doctor.

“No one has ever put electronics inside the lens of the eye, so this is a little more radical,” said Karl Böhringer, a UW professor of electrical engineering. “We have shown this is possible in principle. If you can fit this sensor device into an intraocular lens implant during cataract surgery, it won’t require any further surgery for patients.” more>

Why This Merger Boom Is Different

By Peter R. Orszag – In a relatively sluggish economy, it’s harder for companies to generate fast revenue growth, and investors seem to believe that it’s becoming more challenging to boost earnings growth by further streamlining existing corporate operations.

Over the past three years, 15 percent to 20 percent of growth in earnings per share has come from companies buying back their own shares. Such activity typically has diminishing returns.

As companies approach this threshold after years of substantial buybacks, the relative return for mergers and acquisitions may increase. more> http://tinyurl.com/lmqhdsj