Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix Inc. said Wednesday it has posted a profit for a second straight quarter as the stronger won reduced the amount of debts denominated in foreign currencies.
Its October-December net profit reached 163.7 billion won ($151 million), compared with a 239.9 billion loss a year earlier. In the previous quarter, it logged 2 billion won in profit.
Its operating profit amounted to 55 billion won on revenue of 2.7 trillion won, a 7 percent rise over a year earlier.
Hynix said it turned to operating profit from the previous quarter’s loss thanks to strong demand for chips used in mobile devices and servers.
The company also benefited from solid sales of affordable tablet PCs in emerging markets, which helped offset lower demand for PCs.
Growth of smartphone sales in China and new product launches by its clients during the fourth quarter drove an increase in sales and prices of flash memory chips, it said.
SK Hynix, which competes with bigger rival Samsung Electronics Co. and Toshiba Corp., supplies chips to Apple Inc., Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.