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Galactic Views (69)



SPACE WATCH

A Wanderer Dances the Dance of Stars and Space
NASA – The Hubble Space Telescope captured a spectacular image of the bright star-forming ring that surrounds the heart of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097. In this image, the larger-scale structure of the galaxy is barely visible: its comparatively dim spiral arms, which surround its heart in a loose embrace, reach out beyond the edges of this frame.

This face-on galaxy, lying 45 million light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation of Fornax (The Furnace), is particularly attractive for astronomers. NGC 1097 is a Seyfert galaxy. Lurking at the very center of the galaxy, a supermassive black hole 100 million times the mass of our sun is gradually sucking in the matter around it. The area immediately around the black hole shines powerfully with radiation coming from the material falling in.

The distinctive ring around the black hole is bursting with new star formation due to an inflow of material toward the central bar of the galaxy. These star-forming regions are glowing brightly thanks to emission from clouds of ionized hydrogen. The ring is around 5000 light-years across, although the spiral arms of the galaxy extend tens of thousands of light-years beyond it. Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble

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When political compromise is suspect


By Bill Bishop – For the past four decades, Americans have been self-segregating into communities where they are increasingly likely to vote with their neighbors in overwhelming majorities. In 1976, only a quarter of voters lived in a county where either Jimmy Carter or Gerald Ford won by 20 points or more. By 2008, 46.7 percent of voters lived in one of these landslide counties.

The problem with this increasing self-segregation is that there are now few places where voters (or their representatives) must fully contend with those from the other party. There is more danger (both socially and politically) in disappointing like-minded neighbors than in compromising with those who live elsewhere. Compromise isn’t rewarded in like-minded communities. more> http://tinyurl.com/b7ojs3n

In France, Nothing Says ‘Happy New Year’ Like a Burning Car


By Bruce Crumley – France celebrated the onset of 2013 in its uniquely pyromaniac fashion, with officials reporting that 1,193 cars were torched overnight from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1 — 209 of them in the Paris area alone.

Indeed, the rest of the world first took notice of France’s distinctive car-burning penchant during the three weeks of nationwide rioting in French housing projects in 2005, when 8,810 automobiles were incinerated by enraged youths. Yet, despite that riot-driven surge of car arson, year-end figures of around 43,000 for 2005 came in at around normal levels. Normal, that is, for flame-happy France. more> http://tinyurl.com/bdusys4

Lenovo To Release ‘Coffee Table PC’


By Peter Svensson – Lenovo Group Ltd., one of the world’s largest PC makers, is calling the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC the first “interpersonal computer” — as opposed to a “personal computer.”

At first glance, it looks like a regular all-in-one machine in the vein of the iMac: It’s a 27-inch (685.8-millimeter) screen with the innards of a Windows 8 computer built into it, and it can stand up on a table.

But you can pick it up off the table, unhook the power cord and lay it flat for games of “Monopoly.” It’s big enough to fit four people around it, and the screen can respond to ten fingers touching it at the same time. more> http://tinyurl.com/bh3mqy3

Veteran broker departures shift $133 billion client assets in 2012


English: Crowd gathering on Wall Street after ...

English: Crowd gathering on Wall Street after the stock market crash of October 1929. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Ashley Lau – Brokerages saw top advisers depart in droves last year and shift $132.5 billion in client assets with them, a Reuters tally shows, creating headaches for some Wall Street banks.

Signing bonuses for top advisers are now around 350 percent of the broker’s annual revenue, with 180 to 200 percent offered upfront, said Tom Lewis, a New Jersey-based lawyer for Stark & Stark. An adviser who generates about $1 million in annual revenue might receive as much as $2 million on day one from a rival firm. more> http://tinyurl.com/bhunzyf

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CONGRESS WATCH Summer Seminar, United States Naval Academy Summer STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) Program, United States Naval Academy

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CONGRESS WATCH Join Congressman Bill Huizenga in a live chat Jan. 7 on MLive, Paula Holmes-Greeley, MLive.com Congressman Huizenga Addresses The Fiscal Cliff, Need To Cut Spending.., YouTube[3:17] Huizenga: Washington Punts On Spending Reforms … Again, US Congress Fiscal cliff … Continue reading