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Aug 1, 2011

SPACE, Astronomy News, Aug 01, 2011


NASA tech benefits human eyes
UPI.com
1 (UPI) -- Infrared vision technologies being incorporated in NASA's James Webb Space Telescope are already proving useful to human eye health. "The Webb telescope program has enabled a number of improvements in measurement technology for astronomy, ...
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Bellingham astronomer studying the edge of our solar system for New Horizons ...
Bellingham Herald
Parker has more than space on his mind. He also enjoys taking photographs, riding his mountain bike and playing his guitar. His interest in astronomy and music merged while in Victoria. He helped another graduate student, Melissa Graham, ...
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Bellingham Herald
Young astronauts to depart for Beijing tomorrow for seven days' training
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
Mr Tsang said at the ceremony that to arouse the interest of the new generation in astronomy andspace science and deepen teenagers' understanding of China's space technology and culture, the LCSD and the China Astronaut Research and Training Center ...
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Landing at Homewood
The JHU Gazette
The event, presented by the Maryland Space Grant Consortium and NASA, will take place in Schafler Auditorium in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy. The crew will give a video presentation about the mission and answer questions from the ...
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The JHU Gazette
Night Sky in August 2011
Telegraph.co.uk
“The history of astronomy,” said Edwin Hubble--after whom the Hubble SpaceTelescope is named--“is a history of receding horizons.” The more we find out about the universe the bigger it appears to become. For most of human history the stars were ...
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Telegraph.co.uk
New doomsday date! Comet will bring the end on October 16! (NASA is unconvinced)
Beliefnet.com (blog)
“The intruder from deep space, called Comet Elenin, crosses Earth's orbit on its inbound leg and again on its outbound swing around the sun later this year. Russian astronomer Leonid Elenin discovered the innocuous little comet on Dec. ...
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Crew of Space Shuttle “Endeavour” to Speak at Johns Hopkins
VAdvert Press Center (press release)
Presented by the Maryland Space Grant Consortium and NASA, the event is free and open to the public. The crew will give a video presentation about the mission and answer questions from the audience in the Bloomberg Center for Physics andAstronomy's ...
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VAdvert Press Center (press release)
Right at Home: Touches of geek chic can make a smart room even smarter
Washington Post
And more broadly, so many of the sciences — astronomy, geology, chemistry, for example — are filled with elements that can be interwoven into a room's decor for a look that's offbeat and chic. ( coolstuffexpress.com / Associated Press ) - This ...
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Area digest -- Published August 1, 2011
Stockton Record
The Oak Grove Nature Center will present Astronomy in the Park from 7:30 to 10:30 pm Saturday inside the center at 4520 W. Eight Mile Road, Stockton. There will be astronomy themed activities and crafts. Telescopes will be provided by volunteers of the ...
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Outdoor activities abound at Highlands Festival
Kingsport Times News
Those with an interest in astronomy will want to head to the mountains on Aug. 1 for “Mountaintop Stargazing and Starlore.” Dr. Mike Duffy and Tom McMullen will lead an outing atop a local mountain, where they will identify summer constellations, ...
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Kingsport Times News
Faith versus science
Himal Southasian
Astrology, looking at the influence of planetary movement on human lives, has always claimed to be a science, and efforts were made to obliterate the distinction between astronomy and astrology during the BJP era. Each and every form of therapy, ...
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NASA going green with solar-powered Jupiter probe
Houston Chronicle
The spacecraft will orbit the planet for a year, sending back photos and other data. Juno is the first of three high-profile astronomy missions for NASA in the coming months. Other destinations include the moon and Mars.
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Houston Chronicle
Maya in Guatemala: Seeds, Ceremonies and the Year 2012
The NarcoSphere
“If we have connection with everything around us, this is mathematicals: Astronomy, Agriculture, expression of art, the resolution of social conflict and everything else.” He said the year 2012 is a “moment to reflect on, to think about the way we ...
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The Secret Way to Profit from the U.S. Debt to China - Money Morning

The Secret Way to Profit from the U.S. Debt to China - Money Morning: "By Sean Hyman, Forex Strategist, Money Morning
Perhaps the biggest reason our country is facing a contentious debt-ceiling debate is because of the massive U.S. debt to China.

It's easy to forget that China is the world's largest buyer of U.S. Treasuries and it has as much to lose in this high-stakes game of chicken as does the United States.

Indeed, China's rapid growth over the past decade has resulted in a new paradigm.

Go back 10 years, and nobody worried about the U.S. debt to China. No one ever talked about the Chinese yuan replacing the dollar as the world's reserve currency. Or wondered whether the U.S. would ever owe China more than it could possibly pay."

SpaceX To Launch ISS-Bound Supply Ship In November, Aug 01, 2011


posted on Friday, July 29th, 2011
spacex dragon capsule
With the demise of the space shuttle program fresh in my mind, I’m forced to find my space-related solace wherever I can. Luckily, with companies like SpaceX still devoted to removing the obstacles to commercial space flight, I can’t be too bummed — and as Reuters has reported, SpaceX is preparing their next step. After theirliteral show of force a few months back, SpaceX is aiming their sights just a little higher.



FACEBOOK: How to use it for Business, Aug 01, 2011




How to Use Facebook for Business

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Facebook has launched a new site called Facebook for Business, as a resource for businesses to harness what Facebook has to offer, which includes: Pages, Ads, Sponsored Stories, and the Facebook Platform.

The site gives a step-by-step rundown of how to build a presence on Facebook with a Facebook Page, which it says lets you connect with potential customers and drive traffic to your business. A comScore white paper we looked atthis week found that the average Facebook Page fan had about 50 friends.

According to Facebook, step 1 is to set up the page. That means put up an eye-catching, recognizable photo of your business's name, storefront or popular product. It also means a short blurb that describes your business (with helpful links and contact info) in the Info section, adding updates, photos, videos, and links on your Wall, and enhancing your page with apps from the Facebook App Directory, which will let you do things like share menus, stream video, etc.

Step 2, according to Facebook, is to create a page strategy, which means setting goals, sharing exclusive content, checking your page daily, and creating a conversation calendar to help you remember when, where, and what to post.

"Responding to Wall posts from your customers and updating your Page on a timely basis allows you to keep in touch with customers just as you would when they're visiting your physical store location," the company says in a side note.

Step 3 would be community building. This means using calls to action like "Like us on Facebook" on in-store signs, emails, business cards, etc. According to the company, it also means running Facebook ads and sponsored stories, and putting the "like" button on your website.

Finally, step 4 is learning and growing - checking your metrics on Page Insights regularly to learn how your page is performing, what day of the week most people visit, how often people comment, which posts are most engaging ,and how to improve your overall page strategy.

"Update your Page at times when fans are most engaged, and encourage participation with weekly features and other regular content that receive the most comments," the company suggests.

Facebook has a Page Optimization Guide here, which provides tips on creating a Page strategy. There is also a guide for using Facebook Insights.

The Facebook for Business site also has a step-by-step guide for promoting your business with Facebook ads. In a nutshell, the steps are:

1. Identify your goals

2. Target the right people

3. Design an engaging ad

4. Manage your budget

5. Review and improve

They have more guides for "improvement" including anAds Optimization guide and an Ads Manager Upgrade guide.

Steps for sponsored stories include:

1. Understand the basics

2. Choose a story type

3. Set up your budget and targeting criteria

4. Generate more stories about your business

More on this here, and in the Sponsored Stories guide.

Then there's Facebook Platform. This is going to require some developer skills, and the Developer resources can be found here.

INVENTIONS News, Aug 01, 2011


His inventions coursed through our lives
Minneapolis Star Tribune
But if you were the parents of small boys or a small boy yourself once, you would immediately recognize his signature invention -- Hot Wheels. Elliott and his high school sweetheart, Ruth, went on to found what is now the world's largest toymaker. ...
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Northeast Ohio creations: Inventions with local roots
Plain Dealer (blog)
The Plain Dealer takes a look at the origins of these hometown inventions and a few other notable products that have roots in the Northeast Ohio region. Here are a few of the items that were cultivated in the area. View full sizeThomas Ondrey, ...
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Plain Dealer (blog)
Huntsman heads to NH for the week
WCAX
Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, will be meeting Monday with FIRST founder Dean Kamen, the brains behind the Segway scooter and other inventions. Huntsman also will be attending a house party in Rochester Monday night.
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Green is the new black
Dynamic Business
Green Technology Pilot Program to accelerate the examination of patent applications for inventions relating to green technologies. Incorporating new technologies with energy-saving measures in our every day lives is becoming a priority for a lot of ...
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Dynamic Business
Ford helps open TechShop in Detroit
FenderBender
The Innovation Exchange allows inventors, industry insiders, universities and research labs to display and license their automotive inventions and other ideas. Ford Global Technologies CEO Bill Coughlin said the exchange is about helping spread the ...
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How to Find Funding
Inventors Digest
When independent film producer Joe Avella sought funding last year for his Master ofInventions movie, he looked beyond the usual suspects – he turned to the crowd. Avella and his filming cohorts posted a video plea for money on Kickstarter, ...
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Inventors Digest
China takes knock-offs to a new level, copying entire stores
USA Today
By Calum MacLeod, USA TODAY BEIJING — In millenniums past, China developed the compass, gunpowder and papermaking, among multiple inventions that have shaped world history. In recent years, it has grown infamous as counterfeit central, from fake films ...
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USA Today
Liturgical Year C
Catholic News Agency
12 But my people heard not my voice: and Israel hearkened not to me.13 So I let them go according to the desires of their heart: they shall walk in their own inventions.14 If my people had heard me: if Israel had walked in my ways: 15 I should soon ...
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Louis Vuitton Openings,Handbag Made for More or less all
KUsports (blog)
When you are tuned in to the very best inventions and wishes to be like extraordinary and consequently awesome certainly one of several ancestors, Lv wallets and handbags together with Lv totes will probably be maximum to you personally. ...
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Immigrant Innovators: Job Stealers or Job Creators?
Working Knowledge
The researchers found that the number of inventions by foreign ethnicities, Indians and Chinese in particular, was closely tied to H-1B admission levels. A 10 percent increase in the H-1B population correlated with a 4 percent to 5 percent growth in ...
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Small Country that Became a Big Leader
Environmental Leader
It made me wonder: If the international community views us as a forward-thinking country that brings about many modern inventions, how is it possible that our attitude as a nation toward clean, renewable energy is far from unitary? ...
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Environmental Leader
Private companies own your DNA – again
Forbes (blog)
Patents are for inventions. A human gene is not an invention.' The essence of Myriad's argument in this case is to say that it has not patented a human gene, but something quite different—an isolated human gene.” So that's two judges (Sweet and Bryson ...
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Forbes (blog)
Google fattens patent portfolio with huge purchase from IBM
FierceCIO
Instead of buying inventions, what Google did--was forced to do, like all other tech companies--was spend money that could have gone to invention and instead spend it on what is essentially an enormous innovation tax."
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Chatting With Thoreau About Twitter
Wall Street Journal
Although I've often said that inventions are wont to be pretty toys which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end. Interesting take, Mr. Thoreau. Mind if I call you Henry? You can tweet that to your ...
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George Burdeau Desloge: Aeronautical engineer and inventor who led Watlow
St. Louis Beacon
His technique led to numerous inventions, including nearly a dozen that he patented. One suchinvention was a "major product" in 1954. "George came up with a very compact design, a cylinder, that created the ability to put a whole lot of heat in a ...
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Boult Wade Tennant | Inventors awarded £1.5 million compensation for their ...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)
The award was made in view of the benefit derived by the inventors' employer from patents granted for their inventions and this is the first time that any inventor in the UK has successfully made a claim for this sort of compensation. ...
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Famed Tommy Gun of Roaring '20s and World War II was designed in Cleveland (video)
Plain Dealer (blog)
This story is part of a midsummer series about lesser-known inventions, ideas and innovations that originated in Northeast Ohio. If you have suggestions for future stories, please email us your ideas. The notorious "Tommy Gun" of Roaring '20s gangster ...
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Plain Dealer (blog)
Boult Wade Tennant | The Enlarged Board clarifies position on computer ...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)
On 12 May 2010, the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBoA) announced its decision in G3/08, thereby providing guidance on how the EPO should assess claims relating to computer implementedinventions (CIIs). Under the EPC, a “computer program” is not ...
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Medical Devices Need Tighter Clearance Controls
Wiki Peers
Inventions related to medical science have improved and saved the lives of many American citizens. Sadly over the years strict controls have not been maintained on the manufacturing of medical devices leading to recall of medical devices already ...
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From Edison To Apple, Innovation Is Always About Copies And Remixes [Video]
Co.Design
But in order to create something new, one also has to transform existing inventions. An example: Thomas Edison didn't invent the lightbulb but produced the first commercially viable one -- after experimenting with 6000 different materials for the ...
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Co.Design
Patent destruction of trade secret limited to what is disclosed
Lexology (registration)
Knowledge such as how to adapt the invention to work with another device, how to care for theinvention, and even how to use the invention in combination with other disclosed inventions, may remain subject to trade secret protection. ...
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Book Review: Embassytown by China Miéville
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
Throughout the novel, the language, -- whether the English to be found in our dictionaries, or the rich, Clockwork Orange styled inventions that Miéville has created for this novel -- is stunningly beautiful in its poetry: "radical and cussed, ...
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Fact Check: 50000 US Manufacturing Plants Closed?
Global Economic Intersection
Politicians have not done a single thing to incentivize high school students or provide small grants for materials, have contests for new inventions, spread engineering grants at universities, or provide Federal Guidance, incentives, grants, ...
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Global Economic Intersection
Gundam Car Nav Software Available for iPhone
Hard OCP
From the land of weird and impractical inventions comes the Gundam Car Navigation System for the iPhone. No longer are you limited to listening to your TomTom or Garmin tell you where to go, now you can fight your way to the destination. ...
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Autodesk Acquires Instructables
MarketWatch (press release)
They celebrate designing, personalizing and creating art objects, personal inventions and home ideas. Autodesk intends to retain the Instructables brand and will continue to operate Instructables.com following the acquisition, preserving the elements ...
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Eritrea: Festival 2011 Concluded fully
AllAfrica.com
This year's national festival gave particular attention to youth innovators and the works of inventionsdisplayed during the days of the festival received great admiration from the visitors. Furthermore, the village of education was said to have ...
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After 4 decades in Iran
Iran Book News Agency
Many of Čapek's works discuss ethical and other aspects of revolutionary inventionsand processes that were already anticipated in the first half of the 20th century. These include mass production, atomic weapons, and post-human intelligent beings such ...
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Iran Book News Agency
Television review: 'Moby Dick'
Los Angeles Times
The script swaps Melville's Shakespearean flights for plain American talk, occasionally cutting in scraps of the original, but more often relying on Williams' own inventions. These tend toward CliffsNotes statements of purpose or theme: "Our freedom ...
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Los Angeles Times
OUT OF OUR PAST: 5 generals had ties to county
Palladium-Item
But his most enduring legacy had nothing to do with business ventures, inventions, exploits in battle or politics. It had to do with his facial hair. Burnside had a prodigious growth of whiskers to offset baldness that he wore all of his adult life. ...
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Steve Lacey, Kirkland crash victim, remembered at memorial
The Seattle Times
Chavez said Lacey's two favorite topics were inventions and his family. After the service, Nabila Lacey said she was upset when Rexroat initially was released from jail on bail before police rearrested him on new information and rebooked him on $1 ...
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Around Hear: August 2011
Illinois Entertainer Magazine
Only this time he offers up more of his own originals in addition to some impeccable jazz classic “re-inventions.” In short, Goode's playing eschews the clichés and is well-matched by his hand-picked “dream” trio, which never takes the easy route when ...
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Illinois Entertainer Magazine
Don't turn out lights on bulb innovation
The Tennessean
Thomas Edison created the light bulb in 1879, one of the great US inventions that helped solidify America's reputation as a global innovator and a place where innovation would be rewarded. His incandescent bulb, though it revolutionized the world, ...
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The Ancient World War
Iranian
Byzantine technological advances were outstanding for the time and new inventions such as “Greek Fire” a sort of flamethrower as well as many other advances were created as early as the 7th century AD. (3) Byzantines also had an effective navy based in ...
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Chinese Research: Not Quite the Juggernaut?
Corante
A better measure is to look at innovations that are recognized outside China—at patent filings or grants to China-origin inventions by the world's leading patent offices, the US, the EU and Japan. On this score, China is way behind. ...
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Essex County Chronicles: A Peabody rescues a young nation's image
The Salem News
Much to the relief of all concerned, designers and workmen were soon at work creating a showcase worthy of the many American inventions that would be exhibited therein. The finished product would be identified by a huge American flag capped by the ...
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Bulldog Bud: The Grandpappy of all Road-Trip Dogs
Dogster.com (blog)
The latter is highly unlikely, but then again, so was crossing the country in these newfangled inventions. Along the way they realized the dust they inevitably kicked up was bothering Bud's eyes. So they ordered a pair of goggles for him, ...
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Dogster.com (blog)
New and expanded business activity
Knoxville News Sentinel
The solvent also won a Government Use Award, a recognition given inventions that have significant value for the Department of Energy or other government agencies. RockinBoat owner Scott Manley has received a trademark of the RonJohn product name and ...
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Maker Faire showcases local inventions - Detroit News
Engineers, artists, farmers and inventors are gathering at The Henry Ford for Maker Faire Detroit, a festival that features robots, a motorized couch and a ...
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