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News Roundup – Jobs, Bin Laden, Trump, Airplane Engines

New jobs report – Although the headline number for job creation was below expectations, this was still a decent report.   Some positives include more wage growth (see below), fewer part-time workers for economic reasons, fewer long-term unemployed, and a decline in U-6 (an alternative measure of underemployment). Earlier: April Employment Report: 160,000 Jobs, 5.0% Unemployment Rate A few numbers:  Total employment is now 5.5 million above the pre-recession peak.  Total employment is up 14.2 million from the employment recession’s low. Private payroll employment increased 171,000 in April, while government employment declined 11,000 in April, mostly at the Federal level.  Private

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Cool GoPro Video from 100,000 ft

We have seen these GoPro videos from skiers and featuring eagles as they soar through canyons. This is the best one that I have seen to date. These nerds (my peeps) built a cage and placed a GoPro camera and a Galaxy Note II (for GPS) in it. They did the calculations. They launched the thing, but then promptly lost it. It was found two years later with some amazing photos.  

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Comet seen up close

This is so cool!!! From PC Mag: “After ten years, five months and four days travelling towards our destination, looping around the Sun five times and clocking up 6.4 billion kilometers, we are delighted to announce finally ‘we are here,’” says Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA’s Director General in a statement. Over the next few months, Rosetta will attempt to close in on a near-circular orbit of 30 km (around 18.6 miles; basically nothing in space scales) before attempting to send a lander (dubbed” Philae”) onto the comet where it will take direct scientific measurements. The Rosetta team has identified five possible landing sites

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