Daily Archives: February 8, 2012

Views from the Solar System (25)


                                                                                                                                        
SPACE WATCH

Full Moon Over Washington
NASA – A United States Marine Corps helicopter is seen flying through this scene of the full moon and the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, from Arlington National Cemetery. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Santorum revives campaign with wins in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota


By Philip Rucker and Nia-Malika Henderson – Rick Santorum had a breakthrough night Tuesday, winning GOP presidential contests in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado, all of which is expected to breathe life into his struggling campaign and slow Mitt Romney’s march to the Republican presidential nomination.

The Santorum triumphs promise to, at least temporarily, alter the face of the campaign going into the crucial “Super Tuesday” contests, as the caustic tone of the primaries is expected to continue and intensify. more> http://tinyurl.com/6p56kpl

Catching Europe’s ills


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economics (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

By Warwick McKibbin – As we now know from decades of government failure in Europe, much is at stake if Australian politicians get the economics wrong. The crisis in Europe (the region of choice for what not to do economically) was caused by a number of bad policy choices made over many decades. It has come to a head because of large-scale, macro-economic mismanagement, but this was a result of a wide series of policy errors over time which have merely been exposed by a sudden unexpected shock.

Some of these mistakes include: too much government focus on redistributing wealth rather than generating wealth; a focus on large-scale intervention to meet environmental goals set by the emergence of the green parties rather than serious assessment of the costs and benefits of policies; wasteful industry support through massive subsidies that badly distorted markets over many years; the idea that governments drive the economy and create jobs rather than the idea that governments provide the conditions through markets and transparent regulations that enable the private sector to create jobs; a reliance on Keynesian economics that led governments to create an enormous overhang of government debt generated by spending on activities that did not generate sufficient return to service that debt; and labour market rigidities preventing real wage flexibility when an economic shock occurs. more> http://tinyurl.com/847jxoe

Bronze-Matryoshka: Metal in a metal in a metal


R&D Mag – This is how Thomas Faessler explains his molecule – Just like in the Russian wooden toy, a hull of twelve copper atoms encases a single tin atom. This hull is, in turn, enveloped by 20 further tin atoms. Professor Faessler’s work group at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) was the first to generate these spatial structures built up in three layers as isolated metal clusters in bronze alloys.

These powders, with their large surfaces, are interesting as an interim step for catalysts that transfer hydrogen, for instance. Similar structures made of silicon could be used in solar cells to capture light from the sun more effectively. more> http://tinyurl.com/8x6txan

THOMAS Top Ten – compiled on Feb 5 2012


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  1. H.R. 3261 [112th]
    Stop Online Piracy Act
  2. H.R. 7 [112th]
    American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012
  3. H.R. 3012 [112th]
    Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act
  4. H.R. 1981 [112th]
    Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011
  5. H.R. 1179 [112th]
    Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011
  6. S. 1867 [112th]
    National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
  7. H.R. 1540 [112th]
    National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
  8. S. 2038 [112th]
    STOCK Act
  9. H.R. 658 [112th]
    FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act
  10. S. 1467 [112th]
    Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011