Daily Archives: February 21, 2012

NASA Memory Lane (5)



On Friday, Feb. 17, 2012.

Revisiting Discovery
NASA – Sen. John Glenn and Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana reminisce inside the flight deck of space shuttle Discovery in the Kennedy Space Center’s Orbiter Processing Facility-1. Glenn flew on Discovery as a mission specialist in 1998 and Cabana served as pilot for Discovery during a mission in 1990 and another in 1992.

Preparing to Celebrate 50 Years
John Glenn and his wife Annie are seen at a Senior Manager luncheon, Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, inside the Operations Support Building II at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Friday marked Mrs. Glenn’s 92nd birthday.

50th Anniversary First American to Orbit Earth
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, seated right, and Sen. John Glenn address questions from the press during a briefing at Ohio State University as John Glenn’s wife Annie Glenn, seated in red, looks on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Glenn’s historic flight. Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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Remaking Federalism to Remake the American Economy


By Bruce Katz – At the most basic level, the U.S. needs more jobs— 12.1 million by one estimate—to recover the jobs lost during the downturn and keep pace with population growth and labor market dynamics. Beyond pure job growth, the U.S. needs better jobs, to grow wages and incomes.

The next President must look beyond Washington and enlist states and metropolitan areas as active co-partners in the restructuring of the national economy.

Remaking the economy, in essence, requires a remaking of federalism so that governments at all levels “collaborate to compete” and work closely with each other and the private and civic sectors to burnish American competitiveness in the new global economic order.

The time for remaking federalism could not be more propitious. With Washington mired in partisan gridlock, the states and metropolitan areas are once again playing their traditional roles as “laboratories of democracy” and centers of economic and policy innovation. more> http://is.gd/ZMUa8b

Greece is being destroyed by ‘respectable’ fanatics


By Nick Cohen – The EU’s terms do not begin to match the altruism the United States showed to the defeated Germans after 1945. America did not pauperise West Germans as many in France and indeed Washington wanted. America guaranteed their security, then gave them loans from the Marshall Plan that allowed the West German economic miracle to begin. Greece has invaded no one and committed no crimes against humanity. Yet the EU, which boasts that solidarity is its founding principle, is forcing it into destitution and chaos.

Greek corruption cannot explain why Portugal is in crisis, any more than Italian corruption can explain why Ireland and Spain are in crisis. All five countries are suffering – and France may soon be suffering – because the euro is a monumental mistake. Rather than rectify it, European leaders attack the welfare states, employment protections and public services that the best of the European centre-left fought for after 1945. In the name of saving the euro, everything must go. more> http://is.gd/q4LkGY

SeaGen – the underwater power plant


Siemens – A black and red steel tower rises above the water in the 150-square-meter Strangford Lough in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is part of the world’s first commercial marine current power plant.

Purely by utilizing tidal forces the facility reliably generates electricity with the aid of two axial-flow turbines with a combined capacity of 1.2 megawatts (MW). Two underwater rotors attached to a tower structure drive the marine current turbine. The twin rotors turn with the tidal current and optimally track the flow thanks to their 180-degree-pitch blades. more> http://is.gd/jGJcwF

Senators sharply divided over bill to regulate cybersecurity


By Nicole Blake Johnson – Senate lawmakers were sharply divided Thursday over how far cybersecurity legislation should go in protecting privately owned critical networks.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., introduced a long-awaited bipartisan bill Tuesday to bolster protection of critical networks against cyber attacks. The 2012 Cybersecurity Act, S 2105, would authorize the Department of Homeland Security to regulate security standards for certain privately owned critical networks, such as those affecting the power grid and other systems that, if attacked, would cause death, severe economic damage or national security risks. more> http://is.gd/aedet4

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