Daily Archives: August 30, 2012

Views from the Solar System (61)


Russians Outfit the ISS
NASA – Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka (top), Expedition 32 commander; and Yuri Malenchenko, flight engineer, participate in a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) to continue outfitting the International Space Station. During the five-hour, 51-minute spacewalk on August 20, 2012, Padalka and Malenchenko moved the Strela-2 cargo boom from the Pirs docking compartment to the Zarya module to prepare Pirs for its eventual replacement with a new Russian multipurpose laboratory module. The two spacewalking cosmonauts also installed micrometeoroid debris shields on the exterior of the Zvezda service module and deployed a small science satellite.

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Ryan wows crowd, GOP leaders


An official portrait of Condoleezza Rice. Cont...

An official portrait of Condoleezza Rice. Contrast enhanced from State department version to compensate for slight light overexposure.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Molly K. Hooper and Erik Wasson – Ryan is getting raves Thursday morning for a speech that lacerated President Obama while touting Mitt Romney’s candidacy. Romney will accept the GOP presidential nomination tonight.

Ryan’s address followed a speech by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who also won over the ground with a story about her dream of becoming president. Both Rice and Ryan had delegates leaving the Forum on Thursday night wondering if they had seen future presidential candidates. more> http://tinyurl.com/9bdbpz2

Libor’s Trillion-Dollar Question


Banking District

Banking District (Photo credit: bsterling)

Editorial – Investigators are focusing on two kinds of manipulation. In one, bankers submitted false data to push Libor in a direction that would benefit their own traders. In the other, bankers intentionally lowered the reported rates, which are published daily, to make their institutions’ financial positions look better than they really were.

Such manipulation would represent a big gift to payers of Libor, such as financially stretched U.S. homeowners whose interest costs on floating-rate mortgages would have been lower. But for bond investors, municipalities, hedge funds and others on the receiving end of Libor, it would mean major losses. more> http://tinyurl.com/8pp2wef

Mixing X-rays with light to watch matter change


R&D Mag – Directly measuring how light manipulates matter on the atomic scale has never been possible, until now.

An international team of scientists led by Thornton Glover of the U.S. Department of Energy‘s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) used the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to mix a pulse of superbright X-rays with a pulse of lower frequency, “optical” light from an ordinary laser. By aiming the combined pulses at a diamond sample, the team was able to measure the optical manipulation of chemical bonds in the crystal directly, on the scale of individual atoms.

The researchers report their work in Nature. more> http://tinyurl.com/9u5rcsa

California city eyes carbon credit revenue from its trees


Per capita anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissi...

Per capita anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions by country for the year 2000 including land-use change. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reuters Point Carbon – California‘s seventh-largest city may try to bolster its strained budget by maintaining its 393,000-tree urban forest and selling carbon credits to regulated greenhouse gas emitters in the state’s forthcoming cap-and-trade program.

Planting and maintaining forests in urban areas is one of four ways emitters can offset their greenhouse gas output, according to California’s cap-and-trade regulations. more> http://tinyurl.com/bv5e5ym

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CONGRESS WATCH Tampa, Steve Chabot Related articles The biggest speech of Mitt Romney’s life – CBS News (cbsnews.com) Condoleezza Rice stamps her ticket for 2016/2020 – Washington Post (blog) (washingtonpost.com)