Expedition 30 Soyuz Rolls to the Pad
NASA – he Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft is rolled out by train on its way to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. The launch of the Soyuz spacecraft with Expedition 30 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of Russia, NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit and European Space Agency astronaut and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers is scheduled for 8:16 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Image Credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi
Posted in Science, SPACE WATCH, Technology
Tagged André Kuipers, Baikonur Cosmodrome, European Space Agency, Expedition 30, NASA, Oleg Kononenko, Soyuz, Soyuz TMA-03M, Space
By Brad Plumer – Traffic congestion sometimes seems like an utterly intractable problem. If a city suffering from gridlock tries to construct new roads to ease the pressure, traffic usually just increases to fill the extra space. Same thing when new bus and subway lines get built. Yet a few cities like Stockholm, London, and Singapore have taken a more market-orientedapproach to congestion.
Stockholm puts a flat $2.60 charge on all vehicles entering the city during peak hours and a $1.30 to $2 levy at other times throughout the day. And, so far, traffic appears to have stayed at reduced levels since the system came into effect in 2007.
Congestion charges have had a hard time getting traction in the United States. more> http://is.gd/m9hb5s
Posted in Business, Economy, Technology, Transportation
Tagged Business improvement, Congestion pricing, Ecology, London, Productivity, Rush hour, Singapore, Stockholm, Super regions, Test & measurement, Traffic congestion, United States
By Beth Stackpole – Donn McKinney has been obsessed with large battleships for more than 30 years. Now, thanks to his diligence and dexterity with 3D CAD software, he’s close to producing an operational replica of the USS Missouri.
The full-scale CAD model is then being used to produce a 1/32nd scale physical replica, which translates into a 28-foot-long steel ship that will feature the ship’s complete functionality, including radar and fully operational scaled weapons. McKinney is also working with partners who are providing stereolithography services to create realistic 3D fittings based on the SolidWorks model, as well as to add a voice command telemetry (VCT) system that will allow presenters to give full military orders to the vessel and receive an immediate response. more> http://is.gd/wGM41d
Posted in Construction, Education, Product, Technology, Transportation
Tagged 3D modeling, 3D printing, AutoCAD, Computer-aided design, Industrial economy, Manufacturing, Productivity, SolidWorks, USS Missouri
Retrevo – By our calculation, over 100 tablets were introduced since the iPad however, we defy even the most tech-savvy of you to name more than a few of them . What was so wrong with the competition that it failed to make any inroads in the tablet market, at least until the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook came along? more> http://is.gd/AOzKrN