Shuttle IMAX Cameras at the Smithsonian
NASA – An IMAX camera that flew aboard a space shuttle is seen at the Moving Beyond Earth Gallery at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in Washington. This and another IMAX camera that flew in space became a part of the museum’s collection. From 1984 to 1998 the 70mm cameras accompanied astronauts on 17 space shuttle missions offering stunning views of Earth from space and offered an up-close look at what it is like to live and work in a weightless environment. Image Credit: NASA/Paul E. Alers
Posted in Science, SPACE WATCH, Technology
Tagged IMAX, IMAX Cameras, NASA, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Space Shuttle, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Technology, Washington
By Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers – Here’s something you don’t often hear an economist admit: We have very little idea where the economy will be next year. Truth be told, our best guesses just aren’t very good.
The dismal science is more dismal and less science than most people recognize. Careful studies by both Federal Reserve economists and the Congressional Budget Office have found that forecasts of the next year’s economic-growth rate typically miss by about one percentage point, and often more. Unemployment forecasts aren’t much better.
Why? Data are imperfect. Theories are coarse. Models oversimplify. The economy is constantly evolving and can’t be subjected to controlled experiments. Economic cycles are infrequent, so our understanding of them necessarily proceeds very slowly. more> http://is.gd/yVxZpT
Posted in Business, Economy, History
Tagged Betsey Stevenson, Congressional Budget Office, Economist, Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve System, Financial crisis, Jobs, Justin Wolfers, United States
Network map of combined Frontier and divested Verizon assets (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Karl Bode – Verizon is informing users that as of May 6, the company can no longer offer DSL service without attached local voice service. However, if you disconnect and reconnect, or move to a new address — you’ll have to add voice service. Users are also being told that if they make any changes to their existing DSL service (increase/decrease speed) they’ll also be forced to add local phone service. more> http://is.gd/F3jrVz
By Sonia Sirletti – Telecom Italia SpA (TIT) is studying whether to separate its fixed-access network, helping Italy’s biggest phone company raise cash to pay down debt and avoid cutting its dividend further.
A spin-off is “one of several studies” carried out, Executive Chairman Franco Bernabe told Il Sole 24 Ore, in comments confirmed by Telecom Italia. Under the plan, Telecom Italia would be “open to considering” a partnership with state-owned lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA as it builds out a high-speed Internet network, he was quoted as saying. The company would be the first incumbent European operator to spin off its network.
Vodafone Chief Executive Officer Vittorio Colao said in February that the company had offered to co-invest in fixed-line networks, and had been turned down by rival operators. The Italian market had formerly resisted open networks, he said. more> http://is.gd/96IpTe
Posted in Broadband, Business, Net, telecom
Tagged Broadband, European Commission, Franco Bernabè, Internet, Italy, Telecom Italia, Telecommunications, Vittorio Colao, Wireline