Daily Archives: March 28, 2012

Views from the Solar System (34)


                                                                                                                                         
SPACE WATCH

Studying the Edge of Space
NASA – NASA successfully launched five suborbital sounding rockets from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia as part of a study of the upper level jet stream. This image was captured on March 27, 2012. The first rocket was launched at 4:58 a.m. EDT and each subsequent rocket was launched 80 seconds apart. Each rocket released a chemical tracer that created milky, white clouds at the edge of space. Tracking the way the clouds move can help scientists understand the movement of the winds some 65 miles up in the sky, which in turn will help create better models of the electromagnetic regions of space that can damage man-made satellites and disrupt communications systems. The launches and clouds were reported to be seen from as far south as Wilmington, N.C.; west to Charlestown, W. Va.; and north to Buffalo, N.Y. Image Credit: NASA/Wallops

Lighting the Sky
ATREX, the Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment successfully launched five suborbital sounding rockets in the early morning hours of March 27, 2012, from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia as part of a study of the upper level jet stream. The first rocket launched at 4:58 a.m. EDT and each subsequent rocket launched 80 seconds apart.

Each of the rockets released a chemical tracer that created milky, white clouds at the edge of space. The launches and clouds were reported to be seen from as far south as Wilmington, N.C., west to Charlestown, W. Va., and north to Buffalo, N.Y.

The mission will gather information that will assist researchers to better understand the process responsible for the high-altitude jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above the surface of the Earth.

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Golf’s Masters Facing Male-Only Dilemma With New IBM CEO


By Beth Jinks and Michael Buteau – Will International Business Machines Corp. (IBM)’s Ginni Rometty be able to wear a green jacket at the Masters Tournament?

As Augusta National Golf Club prepares to host the competition next week, it faces a quandary: The club hasn’t admitted a woman as a member since its founding eight decades ago, yet it has historically invited the chief executive officer of IBM, one of three Masters sponsors. Since the company named Rometty to the post this year, Augusta will have to break tradition either way.

IBM holds a rarefied position at the Augusta, Georgia, course. The company has a hospitality cabin near the 10th hole, beside co-sponsors Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) and AT&T Inc. (T) The companies’ male CEOs have been able to don the club’s signature green member blazers while hosting clients. Non-members, who don’t wear the jackets, must be accompanied by a member to visit the course or play a round. more> http://is.gd/yG00MR

Rough day for Obama healthcare law: Kennedy among mandate skeptics


The United States Supreme Court, the highest c...

The United States Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States, in 2010. Top row (left to right): Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, and Associate Justice Elena Kagan. Bottom row (left to right): Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, and Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Sam Baker – The Obama administration’s health insurance mandate faced severe skepticism Tuesday from conservatives on the Supreme Court during a pivotal morning of oral arguments on the landmark legislation.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court’s most consistent swing vote, repeatedly voiced doubts about the mandate’s constitutionality, suggesting he could side with the court’s four staunch conservatives to overturn President Obama’s healthcare law.

“That changes the relationship of the federal government to the individual in a very fundamental way,” Kennedy said. more> http://is.gd/IMyHx9

Lawmakers push resolution opposing UN regulation of the Internet


United Nations

United Nations (Photo credit: Ashitakka)

By Brendan Sasso – Two House lawmakers [Reps. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Jim Langevin (D-R.I.)] introduced a resolution on Tuesday urging the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations to oppose any resolution that would regulate the Internet.

“Any action taken by the United Nations to attempt to limit Americans’ right to free and open Internet content is unacceptable,” McCaul said in a statement. “The Internet’s current multi-stakeholder model has provided an unburdened environment for ideas and inventions to thrive. No single state should have control over content and information must be freely disseminated.”

Langevin said that giving international approval to Internet censorship “would be a significant setback for anyone who believes free expression is a universal right.” more> http://is.gd/ZsbnZ1

Euro crisis needs ‘mother of all firewalls,’ OECD warns


By Tiffany Hsu – OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria said the 17-country bloc that uses the euro is “not out of the woods” despite signs of steadiness in the financial markets and the smooth restructuring of the Greek debt.

The current $664-billion commitments to the buffer funds won’t do the trick, he said while revealing two economic surveys in Brussels. Olli Rehn, European commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, stood beside him. more> http://is.gd/yZwERC

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