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Comment Re:Is the vision thing an age thing? (Score 1) 302

Actually, I don't think the vision requirement is an age thing. I read an article a while back that said older astronauts may be preferable because older people seem to handle radiation exposure better than younger people do. I couldn't find the original article I read but you can find something similar here. This article says:

Those radiation limits vary with age and gender. For 30-year-old astronauts, the maximum allowable mission length for a female is set at 54 days and reaches 91 days for male spaceflyers, the report stated. By age 55, the total days in space max out at 159 days for female astronauts and 268 days for their male counterparts.


Submission + - Thunderbird 2 out

robertlagrant writes: "Mozilla's Thunderbird email software has reached version Includes tagging messages, quick navigation through threads, improved (and saved) searches, and (most usefully for some) support for checking .mac and gmail. Reports that Thunderbird 2 may contain a mole were quickly quashed."

Submission + - Apple ranked least green electronics company

Josh Fink writes: "It seems the people over at Greenpeace have ranked Apple Computers the worst as far as being a "green" electronics manufacturer. Apple in turn has rejected Greenpeace's ranking system. Greenpeace has ranked a former last ranked company Lenovo as its most green company as well. From MSNBC: "Greenpeace spokeswoman Iza Kruszewska said Apple has been willing to meet legal requirements and basic standards, but it hasn't stopped using several types of harmful chemicals in its manufacturing." Greenpeace has also set up a petition to be sent to Steve Jobs to voice your displeasure here, as well."
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Submission + - Guest Worker Visas Hurting American Jobs

Malggi writes: "The Economic Policy Institute has released a Briefing Paper outlining the effect of high-skill guest worker visas on the job market, and the news is not good. From the paper:

This briefing paper focuses on two key policy mechanisms for high-skill labor mobility and immigration, the H-1B and the L-1 guest worker visas.1 In practice these programs not only fail to meet their policy goals, they actually work against them. And more importantly, the vast expansion of the H-1B program passed by the U.S. Senate last year will make the programs even more harmful. If these H-1B provisions were to be signed into law, the consequences are obvious: they would directly lead to more offshore outsourcing of jobs, displacement of American technology workers, decreased wages and job opportunities for those same workers, and the discouragement of young people from entering science and engineering fields.

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