By Charles Murray – Known as the RedRock MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) switch, the new product could serve in such applications because it measures just 1 mm x 1 mm square. In contrast, conventional reed switches typically measure at least 4 mm to 5 mm long, due to technical limitations in the manufacturing process.
The technology may be best suited to a device known as an ingestible endoscope, which, after being swallowed, uses video cameras to take pictures of a person’s gastrointestinal tract. Today, such pill-shaped endoscopes measure an unappetizing one-inch long by almost half an inch wide, making them difficult to swallow. A MEMS-based reed switch would significantly reduce the size of such devices. more> http://tinyurl.com/omq2znp
By Bill Schneider – Why the sudden surge of Democratic Party discipline in 2009 and 2010?
The answer: Republicans. The Tea Party’s radicalization of the GOP ended up splitting Republicans and unifying Democrats.
The issues dividing Democrats today are over interests rather than values.
If Republicans win control of the Senate this year, the pressure on Hillary Clinton to run will be irresistible. Because if Democrats don’t hold the White House, the legacies of the last two Democratic presidents will be obliterated. And Hillary Clinton was part of both administrations. more> http://tinyurl.com/qbhjspe
Posted in Business, CONGRESS WATCH, Economic development, Economy, Healthcare, History, Leadership, Media, Regulations
Tagged Barack Obama, Business, Congress Watch, Government, Health, Industrial economy, Leadership, Organization, Regulations, United States
By E.J. Dionne Jr. – One of the best arguments for health-insurance reform is that our traditional employer-based system often locked people into jobs they wanted to leave but couldn’t because they feared they wouldn’t be able to get affordable coverage elsewhere.
By broadening access to health insurance, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ends the tyranny of “job lock,” which is what the much-misrepresented Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study of the law released Tuesday (Feb 4) shows. The new law increases both personal autonomy and market rationality by ending the distortions in behavior the old arrangements were creating.
But that’s not how the study has been interpreted … more> http://tinyurl.com/n2xx8rg
Posted in Business, CONGRESS WATCH, Economy, Healthcare, History, Leadership, Media, Regulations
Tagged Barack Obama, Business, Congress Watch, Government, Health, Industrial economy, Jobs, Leadership, Regulations, United States
Forecast: What Physics, Meteorology and the Natural Sciences Can Teach Us About Economics, Author: Mark Buchanan.
By Mark Buchanan – Astronomers using NASA’s Kepler space telescope found in 2013 the closest thing yet to a planet similar to Earth in size and composition. Temperatures on Kepler-78b, as the planet is known, get far too hot for life as we know it.
In the past two decades, astronomers have discovered about 1,000 planets in orbit around other stars, and their techniques get 10 times more powerful every few years.
We are, in a sense, just beginning to turn on the lights in our universe. It’s well within the realm of possibility that, in a decade or two, having discovered hundreds or thousands of Earth-like planets and monitored them with ever more sensitive instruments, we might discover another humanlike intelligence in our universe. It is difficult to imagine the world-changing shock to human thinking that would come from making such contact. more> http://tinyurl.com/kfk4d5v
Posted in Book review, Economy, Education, Healthcare, History, Nature, Science, Technology
Tagged Business improvement, Health, Industrial economy, Physics, Super regions, Technology
By Greg Sargent – The current political tug of war breaks down as follows.
Republicans want the Obama era to be seen as one of excess liberal governance thwarting our economic potential, leading to widespread misery. The primary vehicle for this argument is Obamacare — government interference is only leading to lost coverage, higher premiums, and crushed jobs. Only electing Republicans to Congress can act as a check on unbridled liberal governance and restore market-powered prosperity.
Democrats want to persuade Americans that only they have an actual policy program to deal with our primary problems — that the gains from the recovery are not broadly shared, that wages have stagnated, and that there aren’t enough jobs. The Dem case is that the Republican arguments against Obama’s signature domestic achievement are really a proxy for the same old GOP trickle down ideology. more> http://tinyurl.com/o6p8skt
Posted in Business, CONGRESS WATCH, Economy, Healthcare, Leadership, Media, Regulations
Tagged Barack Obama, Business, Congress Watch, Government, Leadership, Organization, Regulations, United States