Daily Archives: August 25, 2011

Headed Toward Jupiter (4)


                                                                                                                                        
SPACE WATCH

On the Move
NASA – Workers deliver NASA’s Juno spacecraft to Astrotech’s Hazardous Processing Facility in Titusville, Fla., for fueling. The spacecraft will be loaded with the propellant necessary for orbit maneuvers and the attitude control system. Image credit: NASA/ Troy Cryder June 27, 2011

On the Move-2
Workers prepare to transport NASA’s Juno spacecraft from Astrotech’s Payload Processing Facility in Titusville, Fla., to the Hazardous Processing Facility for fueling. The spacecraft will be loaded with the propellant necessary for orbit maneuvers and the attitude control system. Image credit: NASA/ Troy Cryder June 27, 2011

Atlas V Launch Preparation
At Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the Centaur upper stage for the United Launch Alliance Atlas V is in position in the Vertical Integration Facility. The upper stage will be attached to the Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad. Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann June 24, 2011

Atlas V Launch Preparation-2
At Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers monitor an overhead crane as it lowers the Centaur upper stage for the United Launch Alliance Atlas V into position the Vertical Integration Facility. Once in position, the upper stage will be attached to the Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad. Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann June 24, 2011

Atlas V Launch Preparation-3
At Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers guide an overhead crane as it lifts the Centaur upper stage for the United Launch Alliance Atlas V into the Vertical Integration Facility. Once in position, the upper stage will be attached to the Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad. Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann June 24, 2011

Atlas V Launch Preparation-4
At Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers guide an overhead crane as it lifts the Centaur upper stage for the United Launch Alliance Atlas V into the Vertical Integration Facility. Once in position, the upper stage will be attached to the Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad. Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann June 24, 2011

Atlas V Launch Preparation-5
At Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers attach an overhead crane to the Centaur upper stage for the United Launch Alliance Atlas V into the Vertical Integration Facility. Once in position, the upper stage will be attached to the Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad. Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann June 24, 2011

Why Amazon Can’t Make A Kindle In the USA


BOOK REVIEW -
The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management, Author: Steve Denning.

By Steve Denning – I recently noted how conventional cost accounting inexorably focuses executives’ attention on increasing short-term profits by cutting costs.

Dell accepted the proposal because from a perspective of making money, it made sense: Dell’s revenues were unaffected and its profits improved significantly. On successive occasions, ASUSTeK came back and took over the motherboard, the assembly of the computer, the management of the supply chain and the design of the computer. In each case Dell accepted the proposal because from a perspective of making money, it made sense: Dell’s revenues were unaffected and its profits improved significantly.

The managers in both companies did exactly what business school professors and the best management consultants would tell them to do—improve profitability by focus on on those activities that are profitable and by getting out of activities that are less profitable.

What’s to be done?

With such a complex societal problem, it’s hard not to start from Albert Einstein’s insight: “The significant problems that we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.” Many actors will have to play a role. more> http://tinyurl.com/3m72qwy

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European Endgame


By Johan Norberg – Instead of fixing the financial crisis, the EU postponed it with a get-poor-quick pyramid scheme, by sending the debts of households to banks, who sent it to governments, and governments passed it on to the Euro-zone. Now the Euro governments find that they are at the end of the chain, with a crushing burden. Markets are beginning to price in a small risk that the entire European financial system can collapse — and reacting accordingly.

The ECB also subsidized government debt because banks could buy short-term government bonds from weak states and deposit them with ECB as collateral for loans. It was a way to make a decent profit from the margin between bond yields and lending rates — which they invested in more bonds. more> http://tinyurl.com/3rb2nmb

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What’s the Ideal EV Battery Size?


By Charles Murray – The forthcoming Prius Plug-in Hybrid. It employs a relatively small (160kg), 5.2kWh lithium-ion battery. The small battery results in an all-electric range of just 13 miles, but the strategy seems to make sense for consumers who mix regular short trips with occasional longer ones. Automotive industry analysts expect Toyota’s strategy to hit a sweet spot with consumers, in part because the small battery translates to lower cost and shorter recharge times. So the trend is toward smaller batteries, right? Wrong. The Prius plug-in isn’t necessarily a harbinger of what’s to come. more> http://is.gd/SuG9cE

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Wireless Sensor Nets Make Better Economic Case


By Loring Wirbel – The original vision assumed the existence of microcontrollers cheap and powerful enough to deploy as heavily as the smart dust DARPA talked about when Dust Networks was launched. Sensor networks could be as localized as a single human body (or even a microscopic region) or as widespread as a tropical rain forest or the boundaries of an ocean.

In the last couple of years, that hurdle has been tackled, if not conquered, by very low-cost microcontrollers following common instruction sets such as ARM, and by centralized data-acquisition nodes that can occupy a space the size of a PCMCIA mezzanine card. This advantage has allowed everything from a hummingbird-sized drone to a dongle add-on to a smartphone to become capable of acquiring, recording, and storing real-time, high-resolution image data. The tools are there. more> http://tinyurl.com/3ozp3vr

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CONGRESS WATCH Budget and Economic Outlook: An Update Cost Estimate for H.R. 2096, Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2011 Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on July 21, 2011 Cost … Continue reading