Blue Marble 2012 – Arctic View
NASA – Fifteen orbits of the recently launched Suomi NPP satellite provided the VIIRS instrument enough time (and longitude) to gather the pixels for this synthesized view of Earth showing the Arctic, Europe, and Asia.
Suomi NPP orbits the Earth about 14 times each day and observes nearly the entire surface. The NPP satellite continues key data records that are critical for climate change science. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC
By Joshua Keating – Mitt Romney told reporters today (June 19, 2012) that Sen. Marco Rubio is being “thoroughly vetted” by his campaign as a possible Vice Presidential nominee.
Himself the son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio has promoted a GOP alternative to the DREAM act, which would allow undocumented immigrants who graduated from high school and have no criminal record to obtain a nonimmigrant visa, allowing them to obtain a driver’s license or continue to study in the country. Unlike DREAM it would provide no pathway to citizenship. The proposal is actually similar in practice to the policy change announced by the White House this week, and Rubio’s office is currently reevaluating their proposal. more> http://tinyurl.com/864cxrl
By Ann R. Thryft – On the heels of Plastic Logic‘s announcement of a flexible color display for e-readers (which we covered last week), Corning has released Willow Glass, a display material that is 100 microns thin and flexible enough to be rolled.
Willow Glass is said to be the first display material that can be adapted to high-volume, low-cost, continuous roll-to-roll manufacturing processes. These processes, similar to the methods used for printing newspapers, involve temperatures of up to 500 degrees Centigrade, which the polymer films used in plastic display technology can’t tolerate. more> http://tinyurl.com/cp269cc
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Tagged Business improvement, Corning, Corning Incorporated, Display device, Glass, Liquid crystal display, Manufacturing, Physics, Roll-to-roll processing, Willow Glass
By Andy Greenberg – Starting around five years ago, Google switched from merely mapping out the Web to acting as its roving police force, scanning pages and labeling troublemaker sites as it crawled them. Now it wants to take credit for cleaning up some of the Web’s worst neighborhoods.
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of its Safe Browsing security initiative Tuesday, Google released a new collection of data that shows some of the numbers that have resulted from that project’s continual scouring of the Web for phishing sites, websites built to harbor malware and perform drive-by downloads on users’ machines, and innocent sites hijacked by cybercriminals to serve the same nasty purposes: It now spots around 9,500 new malicious sites around the Web every day. more> http://tinyurl.com/ccqjhl3