Daily Archives: August 24, 2012

Views from the Solar System (60)

Curiosity in Exaggerated Color

NASA – This color-enhanced view of NASA’s Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as the satellite flew overhead. Colors have been enhanced to show the subtle color variations near the rover, which result from different types of materials.

The descent stage blast pattern around the rover is clearly seen as relatively blue colors (true colors would be more gray).

Curiosity landed within Gale Crater, a portion of which is pictured here. The mountain at the center of the crater, called Mount Sharp, is located out of frame to the southeast. North is up.

This image was acquired at an angle of 30 degrees from straight down, looking west. Another image looking more directly down will be acquired in five days, completing a stereo pair along with this image.

The scale of this image cutout is about 12 inches (31 centimeters) per pixel.

HiRISE is one of six instruments on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates the orbiter’s HiRISE camera, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the spacecraft. Image credit: NASNASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Romney: Energy independence by 2020 not ‘pie in the sky’

English: CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Commi...

English: CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee Mitt Romney offering remarks before a curling event (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Geneva Sands – “If I’m the president of the United States, in a few months here, I will set a national goal of America and North America, North American energy independence by 2020 … that means we produce all the energy we use in North America, and there are a number of things that I’m going to do to make that happen,” said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Additional energy production would come from offshore oil drilling, “tight oil” from fracking, Alaskan drilling, natural gas, biofuels and a partnership with Canada. more> http://tinyurl.com/8eutxl3

Dutch Elections Risk Muddying Merkel’s Crisis-Fighting Efforts

By Fred Pals – A third of Dutch voters in the run-up to the Sept. 12 vote back the Socialists, who oppose more spending cuts and refuse to hand over more sovereignty to Europe, or the Freedom Party, which seeks an exit from the European Union and the euro. That will make it tough for caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberals to find support from perhaps three or four parties for a majority in parliament and keep cutting the deficit.

A new Dutch government less willing to pursue austerity or readier to see the euro break up might make Merkel’s task more complex at a time when the chancellor is striving to find common ground with French Socialist President Francois Hollande. more> http://tinyurl.com/9n25q7y

After a hack: The process of restoring once-lost data

By Brandon Butler –

On the first Friday in August Mat Honan, a tech reporter with Wired magazine, got home after work and realized that almost his entire personal digital life had been hacked.

His laptop, phone and tablet had been wiped and his Google, Amazon, Apple and Twitter accounts had been compromised. His pictures, videos and other memories, including photos of his newborn daughter and of relatives that had since passed way, were feared gone forever because he had failed to back them up.

But it wasn’t so. Honan brought his MacBook Air to DriveSavers, which specializes in data recovery.

Here’s how DriveSavers did it. more> http://tinyurl.com/cxsct4k

My Day In Washington, Testifying Before Rep. Ron Paul

By Nathan Lewis – It doesn’t matter too much to me where the first gold-based parallel currencies emerge. It might be a small company in Idaho, but it could also be the government of Panama or Switzerland.

It could be the Hong Kong Bank of China, a private commercial bank, which is already issuing dollar-linked banknotes in Hong Kong, which circulate alongside banknotes from the government and other private banks. If you just substitute “gold-linked” for “dollar-linked,” you would have a new gold-based currency in Hong Kong, complete with small-denomination banknotes and coins, bank accounts, checking, wire transfers, credit cards, and all the other features of a modern monetary system. more> http://tinyurl.com/bwap2wp


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