Daily Archives: November 15, 2011

Views from the Solar System (10)


Jupiter and its volcanic moon Io
NASA – This montage of New Horizons images shows Jupiter and its volcanic moon Io, and were taken during the spacecraft’s Jupiter flyby in early 2007. The image of Jupiter is an infrared color composite taken by the spacecraft’s near-infrared imaging spectrometer, the Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array. The infrared wavelengths used highlight variations in the altitude of the Jovian cloud tops, with blue denoting high-altitude clouds and hazes, and red indicating deeper clouds. The prominent bluish-white oval is the Great Red Spot. The observation was made at a solar phase angle of 75 degrees but has been projected onto a crescent to remove distortion caused by Jupiter’s rotation during the scan. The image of Io is an approximately true-color composite taken by the panchromatic Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager with color information provided by the Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera. The image shows a major eruption in progress on Io’s night side, at the northern volcano Tvashtar. Incandescent lava glows red beneath a volcanic plume, whose uppermost portions are illuminated by sunlight. The plume appears blue due to scattering of light by small particles within it.

This montage originally appeared on the cover of the Oct. 12, 2007, issue of Science magazine. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Goddard Space Flight Center


New York police evict anti-Wall Street protesters


The plaza of Zuccotti Park.

Image via Wikipedia

By Michelle Nichols – Wearing helmets and carrying shields and batons, hundreds of police dismantled the sea of tents, tarps and protests signs at Zuccotti Park, arresting 147 people, including about a dozen who had chained themselves to each other and to trees.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the park owners, commercial real estate corporation Brookfield Office Properties, had decided that the protesters had become a health and fire safety hazard to themselves and the local community. more> http://tinyurl.com/bwuhek4

France draws fire after “alarm bells” warning

By Daniel Flynn and James Mackenzie – Nervous markets also showed concern about whether Italy’s Mario Monti and new Greek leader Lucas Papademos, unelected European technocrats without a domestic political base, can impose tough austerity measures and economic reform.

French 10-year bond yields have risen around 50 basis points in the last week, pushing the spread over safe haven German bonds to a euro-era high of 173 basis points.

French banks are among the biggest holders of Italy’s 1.8 trillion euro public debt pile. more> http://tinyurl.com/codbh4f

Server makers adopt AMD’s new 16-core chips

By Agam Shah – Server vendors on Monday came out in support of Advanced Micro Devices’ latest Opteron 6200 server chips, which advance chip technology to new highs with 16 processor cores.

Top server makers Hewlett-Packard, Dell and IBM are refreshing server lines with the new Opteron chips, which include between four and 16 cores.

A larger number of cores on AMD‘s chips could bring servers more performance on specific applications while cutting power consumption, said Dan Olds, principal analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group. more> http://twurl.nl/hydc6j

Dassault Bridges Mechanical, Electrical Design

By Beth Stackpole – Dassault Systèmes is continuing to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to fleshing out a true multi-disciplinary systems engineering approach to product development. In its latest move, the company acquired Elsys, a provider of a suite of electrical engineering tools, adding a range of functionality to its Version 6 platform that bridges the worlds of mechanical and electrical design. more> http://tinyurl.com/bompv2d


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