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September 19, 2014

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4:00 PM | Big Boom On The Moon Is A Record Breaker.
A high-speed meteor impact on the surface of the moon on September 11th,  last year triggered the brightest lunar explosion ever seen, scientists say. Video of the impact shows a long flash that was almost as bright as Polaris. The meteorite’s lunar crash could be visible to anyone on Earth who happened to be staring … Continue reading →

September 18, 2014

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10:00 PM | How The Copyright “Anti-Circumvention” Problem Can Affect You.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation was before Congress asking  lawmakers to abandon or modify the “anti-circumvention” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  The “anti-circumvention” provisions of the Copyright Act, bar circumvention of access controls and technical protection measures.  Congress intended the change to stop pirates from defeating DRM and other content access or copy … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Curiosity Reaches The Mountain.
After two years and about 5 1/2 miles (9km), curiosity has reached the base of Mount Sharp.  This has to be the slowest road trip ever.  But considering all the scientists stopping the rover and saying “Look over there!”, “Do science here!”, “Drill Baby Drill!”…well maybe not the last one. (It’s a joke people, I … Continue reading →

September 17, 2014

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10:00 PM | Using Trademarks In DMCA Takedown Notices May Cost CrossFit.
The US District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled that the exercise company CrossFit may have violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) when it submitted a takedown notice to Facebook based on alleged infringement of its trademark rights rather than on a violation of its copyrights. CrossFit sent the notice to … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Europes Answer To The Shuttle.
The European Space Agency is readying its first-ever “space plane” for sub-orbit for tests. The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is undergoing final ground tests, before being launched from Kourou in French Guiana. The sneaker-shaped IXV will be launched from a Vega rocket to a height of 450 kilometres (280 miles) for a 100 minute flight test. … Continue reading →

September 16, 2014

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4:00 PM | Robotic Hamster Sparks Sanctions In Trade Secret Case.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld sanctions in a trade secret case due to factual misrepresentations in a complaint. Toy designer, Jason Heller, filed the case against Cepia LLC alleging that Cepia designed a line of toys using trade secrets he had given two Hong Kong companies he hired to make prototypes of a … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Calling All Amateur Astronomoers…You Input Is Needed.
The Night Sky Network is conducting a new survey of amateur astronomers located in the United States. We wish to better understand the landscape of educational outreach performed by astronomy clubs and assess the needs of the amateur astronomy community for the next five years. You can take the survey here: http://bit.ly/2014astrosurvey   Your answers will … Continue reading →

September 15, 2014

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10:05 PM | Im gonna go ahead and just build a therapy robot that rolls up...
Im gonna go ahead and just build a therapy robot that rolls up and plays smooth jams when I need it.
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10:00 PM | Another “Software” Patent Found Invalid Under Alice.
The US District Court ‑ Middle District of Florida has invalidated a set of patents as lacking eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. 101 as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Alice Corp. (2014). Many people are rushing to conclude that the end of software patents is nigh.  However, this isn’t the case. Most of the “patents” that … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Recap Of This Weekends RAS General Meeting.
  Our guest speaker was John Carpenter, from the Department of Astronomy at Caltech.  His talk was an interesting twist on what was once a lone subject: The Origin of Solar Systems (notice the plural). Now that the Kepler mission has provided us with a lot of new planetary systems, the old model of how … Continue reading →

September 12, 2014

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10:00 PM | Careful Trademark Selection Can Avoid Problems.
When you work with an attorney to select your trademark, the basis of your business or product, be sure to go over all the possibilities and potential pitfalls along with proper use and placement of the (r).  Going with your ‘gut’ or using a cut rate service can cost you the brand and money. For … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | China To Have Space Station By 2022.
After an aggressive series of space programs, the Chinese government has set another ambitious goal: a space station of their own. The space station will use modules that they have already placed in orbit and have manned for a short time, 15 days.  However, the data collected has proven valuable enough to move forward. The … Continue reading →

September 11, 2014

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4:00 PM | Your Toothpaste And The Stars.
Fluorine is a chemical element and it is the lightest halogen.  It exists as a highly toxic pale yellow diatomic gas at standard conditions. Also it is the most electronegative element and extremely reactive.  Almost all other elements, including some noble gases, form compounds with fluorine.  It is also found in products such as toothpaste. … Continue reading →

September 10, 2014

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10:00 PM | New EU Trademark Laws Help Protect US Goods.
The European Union Parliament has approved new laws to update the EU’s trademark system, although the changes still need to be approved by the Council of the European Union. The new laws include both administrative changes and substantive improvements designed to block shipments of counterfeit goods via the 28 member states.  New anti-counterfeiting rules would … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | High School Students Discover Stars.
Dominik Fritz and Jason Barton, seniors at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, discovered five stars in the constellation Pegasus as members of a Southern Methodist University summer physics research program where they studied astronomical data. What is more incredible is that all five stars discovered by  seniors  are eclipsing contact binary stars, pairs of … Continue reading →

September 09, 2014

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10:00 PM | Training The Next Generation Of Inventors.
The USPTO has launched a program aimed at children and teens interested in learning more about intellectual property or how the invention process works. The site can be found here at http://www.uspto.gov/kids/.  There are activities for all ages of inventors, projects for parents, teachers and students. There are wallpapers they can download, videos to watch … Continue reading →
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8:40 PM | felixsalmon: This picture has been doing the rounds, and it’s...
felixsalmon: This picture has been doing the rounds, and it’s certainly an interesting explanation of the Economist’s house style. I particularly like the idea of a red rectangle as a way of keeping the chart identified as coming from the Economist, even when it moves onto Twitter, Tumblr, etc. But, why on earth would you want to “move the chart as far into the background as possible”? There’s an inferiority complex, here, with respect to “the surrounding […]
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4:00 PM | Funeral For The Space Geckos.
The five geckos that were sent to space as part of an experiment to determine the effects on their sex lives have died. Lambasted by comedians, like John Oliver,  around the world, the mission was cut short by technical difficulties. However, the deaths may have been man made.  Sources at the Roscosmos space agency say … Continue reading →
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6:07 AM | This one and his serious ears, putting a stop to my...
This one and his serious ears, putting a stop to my transcribing.

September 08, 2014

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10:00 PM | Time Limit In Trade Secret Theft Case Results In Dismissed Charges Against Raytheon.
Like most causes of action, trade secret theft has a statute of limitations.  This means that you must file a lawsuit before the time expires. For example, a federal district court judge in Arizona dismissed most of the trade secret theft claims made by Ordnance Technologies Inc. against Raytheon Co. because OTS did not sue … Continue reading →
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7:49 PM | Can brain science + several little motors + a cell phone expand...
Can brain science + several little motors + a cell phone expand the limits of our biology? We’re undertaking an audacious task: developing the most advanced sensory substitution system to-date. We’re building a wearable vest that communicates sound to the brain using the sense of touch.  We expect this will be powerful enough to give deaf individuals a new “sense” of hearing. via SCIENCE CALLING: Hi, my lab-mate made a vest where you can hear […]
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4:00 PM | Can You Get My Satellite Down From There….Please.
With the ever growing commercial/private space operations, it was inevitable that someone would start talking about salvaging some of the space junk orbiting the Earth. Israeli startup Effective Space Solutions (EFS) has an idea on how to help stranded satellites either getting back up into space, or coming down for the fall. Creidt EFS The … Continue reading →

September 05, 2014

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10:00 PM | CyberFone Patent Invalid For Being Abstract.
CyberFone lost a court battle when the Federal Circuit ruled that their patent was invalid. CyberFone’s patent for a “Telephone/transaction entry device and system for entering transaction data into databases,” was at the heart of a lawsuit with CNN, among others.  The defendants in the case argued that the patent’s claims were for an abstract … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | A New Telescope Making Book Comming Soon.
Norm Butler (gotta love the first name) has written an new book titled “Building and Using Binoscopes” published by Springer. They are to best publishers of science and astronomy books for the smaller markets. Mass manufactured binoscopes tend to be just very large binoculars.   Hand made binoscopes tend to be a lot larger, really … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | A New Telescope Making Book Coming Soon.
Norm Butler (gotta love the first name) has written an new book titled “Building and Using Binoscopes” published by Springer. They are to best publishers of science and astronomy books for the smaller markets. Mass manufactured binoscopes tend to be just very large binoculars.   Hand made binoscopes tend to be a lot larger, really … Continue reading →

September 04, 2014

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10:00 PM | DRAFT:
- How Can I Help? If you, or someone you know, need help with any Intellectual Property issue, from filing a patent, trademark or copyright, or just advice regarding how best to protect your ideas and your brand, please contact me for a free 30 minute consultation at nvantreeck@kb-ip.com or call (213) 785-8070 and ask … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Shields Up! Changes In The Earth’s Protective Magneticosphere.
The ESA’s trio of magnetic field mapping satellites have returned an image of an ever changing magnetic field. The three satellites were launched in September of 2013 and are the first mission to really try to understand how the Earth’s magnetic field works. The swarm covers the Earth in slightly odd orbits.  Two of the … Continue reading →

September 03, 2014

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10:00 PM | The Sweet Smell Of Sucess In A Trade Secret Case.
After a five week trial, a federal jury in New Jersey found that the fragrance company Mane USA Inc. had not conspired with a former Givaudan Fragrances Corp. perfumer to misappropriate over 600 trade secret Givaudan formulas. Givaudan, the world’s largest fragrance company with annual revenues over $4 billion accused James Krivda a former Givaudan  … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | A Preivew Of What’s To Come.
Several billion years from now, our Milkyway Galaxy and our neighboring galaxy Andromeda are going to collide. No need to panic or buckle your seat belts.  Most galactic collisions don’t actual result in devastation.  The two colliding galaxies generally form one newer, bigger galaxy. For instance, scientists are fairly certain that Andromeda has already swallowed … Continue reading →
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