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Manufacturers to President-Elect: We Are the Solution

NAM Brings Business Leaders Together to Help Heal the Nation

 

Washington, D.C., November 9, 2016 – Following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a letter from more than 1,100 manufacturing and business leaders pledging to help bring the country together after a divisive election. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons also pledged manufacturers’ efforts to find ways to work with the president-elect and the 115th Congress on the pressing issues facing the country.

“Tonight marks the end of one of the most contentious elections in our nation’s history. While many are celebrating tonight, others are disappointed—some with the results, some with the process. It’s time for healing, and that work must begin now,” said Timmons.

“Manufacturing and business leaders from across the country have pledged to rebuild trust in our democratic and economic institutions so that we can ensure our exceptional country offers abundant opportunity to all.

“Regardless of political party affiliation, the president of the United States deserves the respect of all Americans, and for the sake of our country, manufacturers want our next president to stand tall on the world stage and stand up for America’s entrepreneurs. We will do our part, sharing our ideas and our expertise with President-elect Trump and the 115th Congress to lead by example and set a productive tone for this next chapter in our nation’s history. At the same time, we will celebrate and defend the values that make our nation great; chief among those are free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity. Manufacturers expect our newly elected leaders to worry less about the powerful political extremes and concern themselves solely with solutions that will lift all Americans up and leave no one behind. These solutions, which the NAM will lay out in detail over the next several weeks, must be the focus of our policymakers if we truly want to see widespread growth and prosperity in this country.

“This election makes clear that Americans agree that manufacturing is the nation’s priority. They want our industry to lead the world and create more jobs. They know that when manufacturing is strong, America is strong. It will be up to us to channel that enthusiasm towards the right policies.”

Signatures for the letter, and these important commitments from business leaders, were gathered over a period of nearly two weeks, well before the results of the election were known. The effort was initiated by Timmons; Tenneco Inc. Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair Gregg Sherrill; and Emerson Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair-elect David Farr.

- See more at: http://www.nam.org/Newsroom/Press-Releases/2016/11/Manufacturers-to-President-Elect--We-Are-the-Solution/#sthash.8g8UfZqY.dpuf

Manufacturers to President-Elect: We Are the Solution

NAM Brings Business Leaders Together to Help Heal the Nation

 

Washington, D.C., November 9, 2016 – Following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a letter from more than 1,100 manufacturing and business leaders pledging to help bring the country together after a divisive election. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons also pledged manufacturers’ efforts to find ways to work with the president-elect and the 115th Congress on the pressing issues facing the country.

“Tonight marks the end of one of the most contentious elections in our nation’s history. While many are celebrating tonight, others are disappointed—some with the results, some with the process. It’s time for healing, and that work must begin now,” said Timmons.

“Manufacturing and business leaders from across the country have pledged to rebuild trust in our democratic and economic institutions so that we can ensure our exceptional country offers abundant opportunity to all.

“Regardless of political party affiliation, the president of the United States deserves the respect of all Americans, and for the sake of our country, manufacturers want our next president to stand tall on the world stage and stand up for America’s entrepreneurs. We will do our part, sharing our ideas and our expertise with President-elect Trump and the 115th Congress to lead by example and set a productive tone for this next chapter in our nation’s history. At the same time, we will celebrate and defend the values that make our nation great; chief among those are free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity. Manufacturers expect our newly elected leaders to worry less about the powerful political extremes and concern themselves solely with solutions that will lift all Americans up and leave no one behind. These solutions, which the NAM will lay out in detail over the next several weeks, must be the focus of our policymakers if we truly want to see widespread growth and prosperity in this country.

“This election makes clear that Americans agree that manufacturing is the nation’s priority. They want our industry to lead the world and create more jobs. They know that when manufacturing is strong, America is strong. It will be up to us to channel that enthusiasm towards the right policies.”

Signatures for the letter, and these important commitments from business leaders, were gathered over a period of nearly two weeks, well before the results of the election were known. The effort was initiated by Timmons; Tenneco Inc. Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair Gregg Sherrill; and Emerson Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair-elect David Farr.

- See more at: http://www.nam.org/Newsroom/Press-Releases/2016/11/Manufacturers-to-President-Elect--We-Are-the-Solution/#sthash.8g8UfZqY.dpuf

Scientists Decipher Fact From Fantasy in Movie 'Passengers'

December 21, 2016

In the new Sci-Fi film Passengers, by Sony Pictures Entertainment, people on Earth are on a 120-year trip to colonize a new planet. But something goes wrong on their way there. Scientists say while much of the movie is a work of fiction, there is some real science behind many of the ideas in it.

For NASA scientist Tiffany Kataria, finding a habitable planet is not so farfetched. She studies planets that orbit another star, or exoplanets.

“The ultimate goal with studying exoplanets is to really find an Earth twin, to find some other planet out there that’s earth-like that maybe eventually we can colonize some day and explore,” said Kataria.

In the film, the passengers travel on a rotating spaceship to create gravity. The idea is not just science fiction says aerospace engineer John Bradford.

“That’s one of the main ways we’re going to mitigate some of the challenges and things that come out in microgravity environment damage to the human body in terms of bone demineralization and muscle atrophy. Having this artificial gravity solves those problems, and rotating it is the best way to do it.”

But Bradford said current technology is not advanced enough to build a ship as large as the one portrayed in Passengers where it can house thousands of people.

“The size of the ship is probably the big challenge, being able to create those large structures. Are you launching those from Earth? Are you building them in space is a big part of the stretch for me. The hibernation and the propulsion aspect and things (are) probably less so,” said Bradford.

Bradford’s company SpaceWorks Enterprises is researching hibernation - or human stasis - in space, with the hope that it could be used for human flight to Mars.

One of the possible effects of spending time in space and long-term microgravity is intracranial pressure which impairs an astronaut’s vision. Bradford said that’s something human stasis can help, among other benefits.

“One of the challenges on the space station that they’re seeing right now is with increased intracranial pressure, and that is causing long-term damage on the astronaut’s vision. So even from a six-month’s stay on a space station, astronauts are having reduced vision when they come back. Actually cooling down the body, reducing the metabolism reduces that intracranial pressure. It’s one of the treatments here on Earth,” said Bradford.

Putting humans in a state of hibernation will also reduce the amount of food and oxygen they need. Bradford said his company would first start human stasis for shorter periods of time to see how the body reacts before increasing the time of stasis.

“Initially we would maybe cycle through the crew in two-week stints of being in stasis and then they take turns waking up and then inducing the next person, waking them. Those two weeks are within current medical technology. It’s a limited data set, but that has been done before. But ultimately to get the full benefits we want to be able to go to five or six months, and that will take years – 15 years or so, 20 years to really fully understand all the impacts on the crew. But for the shorter stay and the shorter duration, these two-week cycles, we’re optimistic we could be ready to support the first missions to Mars. We've just got to convince NASA,” Bradford said.

As for human space fights beyond Mars and our solar system, that is where science ends and the fiction begins.

“So the closest planet that we know of, it's actually close to an Earth mass. It's called Proxima Centauri-b. Proxima Cen is 4.2 light years away," said Kataria. “The Juno spacecraft is orbiting Jupiter as 150,000 miles per hour (240,000 kph), so relative to Jupiter if we think about that same spacecraft getting maybe a gravity assist and going to Proxima Centauri b, that would take at that same speed tens of thousands of years. So really the technology still needs to make that leap, I think, to be able to achieve light speed travel or close to light speed travel. “

It may take years for technology to catch up to the imagination, but audiences can still experience the excitement of space travel by going to movie theaters.

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