Daily Archives: April 18, 2013

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Preparing Solar Satellite for Launch
Preparing Solar Satellite for LaunchNASA – VANDENBERG AFB, Calif. – Technicians work on the payload fairing that will protect NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft during launch aboard an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket. Launch is currently scheduled no earlier than May 28, 2013.

The IRIS satellite will improve our understanding of how heat and energy move through the deepest levels of the sun’s atmosphere, thereby increasing our ability to forecast space weather. On launch day, deployment of the Pegasus from Orbital’s L-1011 carrier aircraft will occur at a location over the Pacific Ocean about 100 miles northwest of Vandenberg off the central coast of California south of Big Sur.

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Immigration bill calls for slew of regulations, new bureaucracy


By Ben Goad and Kevin Bogardus – The sweeping immigration reform bill unveiled Wednesday (Apr 17) would bring a raft of new regulations and add more layers to the federal bureaucracy.

The 844-page Senate bill calls for a dramatic expansion of the country’s worker verification system, an overhaul of visa programs and a new set of proposed regulations allowing undocumented workers to become “registered provisional immigrants.” more> http://tinyurl.com/c9yvmhj

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Regulator says banks still a risk for taxpayers


  The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) logo is seen at the FDIC headquarters as Chairman Sheila Bair announces the bank and thrift industry earnings for the fourth quarter 2010, in Washington, February 23, 2011.  Credit: Reuters/Jason ReedBy Douwe Miedema – Tom Hoenig, vice chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC), said in New York that the Volcker rule – which would bar banks from betting their own money on financial markets but has not yet been finalized by regulators – would not go far enough.

Instead, Hoenig wants to force banks to hive off risky activities such as trading and creating derivatives and to eliminate any taxpayer subsidy for these businesses. more> http://tinyurl.com/d4fnso4

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Team produces best image yet of atoms moving real time


R&D – Call it the ultimate nature documentary. Scientists at the University of Toronto have recorded atomic motions in real time, offering a glimpse into the very essence of chemistry and biology at the atomic level.

Their recording is a direct observation of a transition state in which atoms undergo chemical transformation into new structures with new properties—in this case the transfer of charge leading to metallic behavior in organic molecules. It is described in a study reported in the April 18 issue of Nature. more> http://tinyurl.com/c6926ok

Why Pension Funds Are Hooked on Private Equity


By Christopher Matthews – When President Obama unveiled his budget last Wednesday (Apr 10), it rekindled a debate over taxation of the private equity industry.

More and more, pension funds are allocating their resources towards alternative investments like private equity. But is this a good idea?

The real worry shouldn’t be that pension funds are overinvesting in private equity, but the fact that pension funds are chronically underfunded. more> http://tinyurl.com/bsbf293

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CONGRESS WATCH Why Obama’s Budget Is So Bad, Steve Chabot

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CONGRESS WATCH Rogers Questions Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, YouTube [VIDEO 6:35]