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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, Author: T.J. Stiles.
By T.J. Stiles – Explosions, collisions and derailments have shadowed travel in New York since the inception of the transit system two centuries ago and the search for explanations has often tapped into larger fears.
As disasters multiplied, critics blamed an unbridled business culture. In the antebellum era, a risk-taking, competitive spirit swamped the city’s genteel merchant community, and scrappy transportation entrepreneurs pioneered this ethos. more> http://tinyurl.com/ot2sm65
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Tagged Business improvement, Industrial economy, New York, Organization, Technology, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, United States
R&D – Tom van Hemert and Ray Hueting of the Univ. of Twente’s MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology have shown that leakage current can be radically reduced by “squeezing” the transistor with a piezoelectric material (which expands or contracts when an electrical charge is applied to it).
In modern microchips, every single transistor is continuously exposed to enormous pressures of up to 10,000 atmospheres. This pressure is sealed in during the manufacturing process, by surrounding the transistors with compressive materials. While this boosts the chip’s processing speed, the leakage current also increases. The use of piezoelectric material means that the transistors are only put under pressure when this is necessary. This can generate considerable savings in terms of energy consumption. more> http://tinyurl.com/nrk5of2
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Tagged Business improvement, Industrial economy, Integrated circuit, Leakage (electronics), Physics, Piezoelectricity, Technology, Transistor, University of Twente
By Michelle Rhee – The stakes are higher than just test scores; it’s about competing in an increasingly global economy. The best jobs–indeed most jobs–will go to the most capable individuals, regardless of geography. Children in Sacramento or Detroit will not be competing for jobs against kids in Memphis or Denver, but in Shanghai and Seoul. That reality is fast approaching.
Perhaps America needs to hit bottom — 34th out of 34 — before we’ll truly embrace reform. That’s what happened in Tennessee and Washington, D.C. before politicians embraced change. more> http://tinyurl.com/nzwggbx
Fifteen Years Ago, International Space Station Assembly Begins
NASA – On Dec. 6, 1998, the crew of space shuttle mission STS-88 began construction of the International Space Station, attaching the U.S.-built Unity node and the Russian-built Zarya module together in orbit. The crew carried a large-format IMAX® camera, used to take this image of Unity lifted out of Endeavour’s payload bay to position it upright for connection to Zarya.
Zarya, launched on Nov. 20, 1998, was the first piece of the International Space Station. Also known as the Functional Cargo Block (FGB), it would provide a nucleus of orientation control, communications and electrical power while the station waited for its other elements. Two weeks later, on Dec. 4, 1998, NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour launched Unity, the first U.S. piece of the complex, during the STS-88 mission.
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Tagged International Space Station, NASA, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle Endeavour, Technology, United States, Unity, Zarya
The Three Ways of Getting Things Done, Author: Gerard Fairtlough.
By Steve Denning – There are only three ways of getting things done effectively as an organization:
The book explains that “hierarchy is not necessary for discipline, for systematic ways of working, for inspiration or for leadership. The alternative to hierarchy is not chaos or anarchy. Only our powerful addiction to hierarchy, given to us by our genes and by our culture, leads us to believe this.” more> http://tinyurl.com/kjtk7ps
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Tagged Business improvement, Decision making, Government, Heterarchy, Hierarchy, Industrial economy, Leadership, Organization, Responsible autonomy
By Bill Gerstler – It consists of two peizo-electric elements, separated by an elastomer. A sinusoidal voltage is delivered to the peizo-electric elements. The elastomer forms an orifice that allows a fluid to enter and exit the device as the motion of the piezo-electric elements expands and contracts the volume between them. The result is a strong jet of fluid exiting the orifice – creating vortices that entrain additional fluid downstream of the device. The jet of fluid is used to help remove heat from electronic systems, such as Avionics boxes. The result is better Avionics computing. more> http://tinyurl.com/o9gwpvb
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Tagged Avionics, Business improvement, Electronics, Fluid, Industrial economy, Physics, Piezoelectricity, Technology, United States