Daily Archives: December 21, 2012


Season’s Greetings!


Galactic Views (68)


A Cosmic Holiday Ornament, Hubble-Style
NASA – ‘Tis the season for holiday decorating and tree-trimming. Not to be left out, astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have photographed a festive-looking nearby planetary nebula called NGC 5189. The intricate structure of this bright gaseous nebula resembles a glass-blown holiday ornament with a glowing ribbon entwined.

Planetary nebulae represent the final brief stage in the life of a medium-sized star like our sun. While consuming the last of the fuel in its core, the dying star expels a large portion of its outer envelope. This material then becomes heated by the radiation from the stellar remnant and radiates, producing glowing clouds of gas that can show complex structures, as the ejection of mass from the star is uneven in both time and direction.

A spectacular example of this beautiful complexity is seen in the bluish lobes of NGC 5189. Most of the nebula is knotty and filamentary in its structure. As a result of the mass-loss process, the planetary nebula has been created with two nested structures, tilted with respect to each other, that expand away from the center in different directions. Image Credit: NASA/Hubble

Fiscal cliff: D.C.’s Mayan apocalypse

By Peter Wolson – What has motivated people, across so many civilizations and centuries, to devise and believe in an apocalypse? Understanding this might help us address the ideological gridlock now propelling Republicans and Democrats toward this fiscal “end of days.”

In the Book of Revelations, the apocalypse is a battle between good and evil, in which the earthly world is destroyed and replaced by an otherworldly paradise. In the New Testament, the horrific pain of existence is replaced by the second chance of being resurrected and joining Jesus, God the Father and the angels in an eternal heaven. more> http://tinyurl.com/c3vgf6g

How Boehner’s Plan B for the ‘fiscal cliff’ began and fell apart

By Paul Kane, Ed O’Keefe and Lori Montgomery – The failure of a grand bargain was the latest oh-so-close moment for Obama and Boehner, who have been dancing around a deal to cut the deficit for the better part of the past two years. And the collapse of Plan B set a new low in Boehner’s sometimes rocky relationship with a House Republican caucus that has long been uneasy about the speaker’s dealmaking with Obama.

In a statement late Thursday (Dec 20), Boehner said it was now up to Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Obama to come up with an agreement — without explaining what role he would play. The speaker ignored reporters’ questions and, at 8:04 p.m., he walked out of the Capitol.

A week earlier, the possibility of a deal seemed as promising as it ever had. more> http://tinyurl.com/bw9zdyf

7 Technologies Poised for Failure in 2013

PBX Siemens Hicom300 for aprox 1200 Users

PBX Siemens Hicom300 for aprox 1200 Users
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By John Brandon – In 2013, a few technologies will fade into an abyss, swirling around and clinging for a last gasp of air before eventually dying. For IT executives looking to make contingency plans and approve budgets, these are the technologies to avoid.

  1. Legacy Applications
  2. Mobile Applications
  3. Traditional Desktops
  4. BlackBerry Smartphones
  5. Windows Phones
  6. Private Branch Exchange (PBX) Systems
  7. Fax Machines

more> http://tinyurl.com/cdwcy8l