Daily Archives: October 18, 2011

Galactic Views (10)


Swirling Landscape of Stars
NASA – This swirling landscape of stars is known as the North America Nebula. In visible light, the region resembles North America, but in this image infrared view from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the continent disappears.

Where did the continent go? The reason you don’t see it in Spitzer’s view has to do, in part, with the fact that infrared light can penetrate dust whereas visible light cannot. Dusty, dark clouds in the visible image become transparent in Spitzer’s view. In addition, Spitzer’s infrared detectors pick up the glow of dusty cocoons enveloping baby stars.

Clusters of young stars (about one million years old) can be found throughout the image. Some areas of this nebula are still very thick with dust and appear dark even in Spitzer’s view.

The Spitzer image contains data from both its infrared array camera and multi-band imaging photometer. Light with a wavelength of 3.6 microns has been color-coded blue; 4.5-micron light is blue-green; 5.8-micron and 8.0-micron light are green; and 24-micron light is red. This image is from February 2011. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


What the Occupy protests tell us about the limits of democracy

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By Anne Applebaum – The emergence of an international protest movement without a coherent program is therefore not an accident: It reflects a deeper crisis, one without an obvious solution. Democracy is based on the rule of law. Democracy works only within distinct borders and among people who feel themselves to be part of the same nation. A “global community” cannot be a national democracy. And a national democracy cannot command the allegiance of a billion-dollar global hedge fund, with its headquarters in a tax haven and its employees scattered around the world. more> http://is.gd/i6mab7

New healthcare fight is joined as White House’s 2010 law implodes

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By Julian Pecquet – Congressional Republicans on Monday (10/17/11) called for the immediate repeal of a major component of the 2010 healthcare reform law as the issue blew up in the administration’s face.

The administration announced late Friday it did not see a way to make the long-term care CLASS Act, which was crafted by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), pay for itself. more> http://tinyurl.com/3kqm2hl

SEC Issues New Cybersecurity Guidelines for Publicly Traded Companies

SECBy Graeme McMillan – How many publicly traded companies need to improve their cybersecurity? How much danger are those companies in of actually being hacked? The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission wants you to have a better idea, especially if you’re a shareholder of one or more of the companies.

Late last week, the SEC introduced a new set of guidelines that, while not making it legally necessary for companies to disclose their online vulnerabilities, does make it easier for shareholders to launch legal action against those companies for withholding the information. more> http://is.gd/OOONFi

THOMAS Top Ten – compiled on Oct 16 2011

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  1. H.R. 3590 [111th]
    Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  2. S. 1619 [112th]
    Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2011
  3. H.R. 4646 [111th]
    Debt Free America Act
  4. H.R. 358 [112th]
    Protect Life Act
  5. S. 1660 [112th]
    American Jobs Act of 2011
  6. H.R. 3012 [112th]
    Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act
  7. S. 1549 [112th]
    American Jobs Act of 2011
  8. H.R. 5714 [95th]
    A bill to amend the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 by eliminating the Presidential determination requirement in connection with trade with the Peoples Republic of China
  9. H.R. 1351 [112th]
    United States Postal Service Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act of 2011
  10. H.R. 822 [112th]
    National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011

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