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December 02, 2014

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9:43 PM | Why Can’t New York City Keep Track of Crime in Public Parks? Oh...
Why Can’t New York City Keep Track of Crime in Public Parks? Oh they could, but they don’t/won’t. Guess what would inflate crime rates? Park crimes. How many parks does NYC have? More than 1700.  Several officials, asking to speak off the record, stressed to me that the delay was an “issue,” but that they had no idea why the NYPD wasn’t moving faster. It’s also worth noting that George Kelling, who coined the “​broken windows" […]
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9:03 PM | Mayor Bill de Blasio Touts New York City Drop in Crime
Mayor Bill de Blasio Touts New York City Drop in Crime: Mayor Bill de Blasio touted his...
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8:20 PM | Some NYPD officers will soon begin wearing body cameras
Some NYPD officers will soon begin wearing body cameras: Mayor Bill de Blasio will role out a pilot...
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7:56 PM | Wanna help us change the legal system by participating in our...
Wanna help us change the legal system by participating in our online study about juror decision making and evidence. Yes you do tumblr. Takes 5 min. Thanks!
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5:00 PM | Shed A Little Light On Philae.
Alas, Philae may be dead. The bouncing during landing put the probe into an area that was darker than was expected and the lander only had enough power for two days.  The probe stopped working at 7:36pm Eastern Time, right about the time it going to lose touch with Earth anyway. Although the published pictures … Continue reading →

December 01, 2014

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11:00 PM | Right Turn Signal For A Patent Lawsuit.
Ford Motor Company has been accused of infringing an automatic turn signal patent granted to Richard Ponziani. The patent describes a device to automatically signal when a driver changes lanes and then, after three blinks, turn off the turn signal. Ponziani states that Ford knew about the patent in 2009 and that in 2010 he … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | New Stove Day At Gmars…Almost.
This Saturday, we tried to replace the old, worn out stove in the kitchen of GMARS (the Goat Mountain Astronomical Research Station), the dark sky site for the Riverside Astronomical Society. After making two trips into town to retrieve said stove from Home Depot (on mistaken phone call that it was in, then the real … Continue reading →

November 28, 2014

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4:00 PM | It’s Black Friday, So We Must Be Looking For Dark Matter.
http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/new-dark-matter-experiments-prepare-hunt-unknown-1113 This month, three new experiments take significant steps in the hunt for dark matter, the elusive substance that appears to make up more than a quarter of the universe, but interacts very rarely with the matter that makes up our world. The experiments — the Axion Dark Matter eXperiment, the LZ Dark Matter Experiment, … Continue reading →

November 27, 2014

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11:00 PM | The Patents, Trademarks And Copyrights Are Real Turkeys.
If you want to see some real ‘turkey’ patents, you might want to check out the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s “Stupid Patent of the Month” here. Other turkeys can be found at TechDirt here. Although technically not turkey trademarks, they are ‘bad.‘ Finally, TechDirt also has the turkey copyrights. And here you thought today was all … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | The Turkey Nebula.
It is Thanksgiving here in America.  Today is a day for feasting and football (American style). Although there is no actual turkey nebula, the Orion nebula looks like one if you stretch your imagination a little (okay, a lot). Not much else gets done today (except recovering after the meal(s)).  So happy Turkey day to … Continue reading →
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6:17 AM | Got the keys to the lab this week: a really good...
Got the keys to the lab this week: a really good feeling…starring me. Rated yay.

November 26, 2014

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11:00 PM | Another Child Protegy Is Granted A Patent.
It is not every day that a third-grader is granted a patent.  But for Netcong Elementary School third-grader Stefano Patamia from New Jersey, that’s exactly what happened. Stefano had an idea to help special education students and others that couldn’t reach the top of his classroom’s white board.  So, he invented an arm that can … Continue reading →
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11:00 PM | Another Child Prodigy Is Granted A Patent.
It is not every day that a third-grader is granted a patent.  But for Netcong Elementary School third-grader Stefano Patamia from New Jersey, that’s exactly what happened. Stefano had an idea to help special education students and others that couldn’t reach the top of his classroom’s white board.  So, he invented an arm that can … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Hunting Dark Matter In A Mine.
At one of the Riverside Astronomical Society meetings, one of our members showed some pictures he took while in Minnesota of a deep mine dark matter experiment being conducted in an abandoned mine at Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Image credit: Aaron Fulkerson Being that he was a geologist as well as an amateur astronomer, … Continue reading →

November 25, 2014

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11:00 PM | Apple’s Christmas Gift To Google…An End To The Patent Wars.
Apple seems to have decided to end the legal war against Google and Android phone makers.  This would bring an end to patent litigation that has cost the smartphone industry billions of dollars, without any clear results. According to court filings, the Apple led Rockstar consortium has asked a federal judge to stay a series … Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | Earth’s Own Plasma Shield.
The Earth’s magnetic field, or magnetosphere, stretches from the planet’s core out into space, where it meets the solar wind, a stream of charged particles emitted by the sun. For the most part, the magnetosphere acts as a shield to protect the Earth from this high-energy solar activity. But when this field comes into contact … Continue reading →
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5:21 AM | Read the full transcript here, and the one dated August 20th...
Read the full transcript here, and the one dated August 20th here
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5:08 AM | "Former New York state Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously remarked that a prosecutor could persuade a..."
“Former New York state Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously remarked that a prosecutor could...

November 24, 2014

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11:00 PM | To PCT Or Not To PCT…That Is The Question.
If you are considering filing a patent application in three or more countries (a European Patent Office [EPO] application counts as one), or if you would like to protect your invention in other countries but are not sure where right at the moment, or if you want to delay the expense of filing many applications, … Continue reading →
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7:11 PM | pleasedontsqueezetheshaman: Police departments need to put down the human hole-punchers and start...
pleasedontsqueezetheshaman: Police departments need to put down the human hole-punchers and start...
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4:00 PM | Who Will Be The Next Great Exo-Planet Hunter?
Gaia of TESS?  Who will it be?   Although Gaia’s main mission isn’t to find exo-planets, the 3D imaging of billions of stars will have the side affect of finding exo-planets…a lot of exo-planets. But the contender, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) spacecraft’s main mission is to the entire sky for exo-planets. The mission … Continue reading →

November 22, 2014

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3:01 AM | So in one of my favorite cases, 1971 a Gerald Mayo filed a...
So in one of my favorite cases, 1971 a Gerald Mayo filed a lawsuit against Satan …and his staff  (is he hiring?) for civil rights violation in UNITED STATES ex rel. Gerald MAYO v. SATAN AND HIS STAFF, 54 F.R.D. 282. The judge, denies his action based on procedure. Brilliant. The judge writes: [Mayo] alleges that Satan has on numerous occasions caused plaintiff misery and unwarranted threats, against the will of plaintiff, that Satan has placed deliberate […]

November 21, 2014

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11:00 PM | Canada Updates Trademark Laws.
After 50 years, the Canadian Parliament has overhauled the trademark rules for the country. Some of the reforms are: 1)  Canada is now a contracting state for the Madrid Protocol.2) Easier trademark registrations for foreign businesses. 3) Expanded definition of what a trademark covers. The most likely downside will be increased costs for registration and … Continue reading →
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5:13 PM | humanrightswatch: Young people are held in solitary confinement...
humanrightswatch: Young people are held in solitary confinement in jails and prisons across the United States, often for weeks or months at a time. The isolation of solitary confinement causes anguish, provokes serious mental and physical health problems, and works against rehabilitation for teenagers. Human Rights Watch and the ACLU estimate that in 2011, more than 95,000 young people under age 18 were held in prisons and jails. A significant number of these facilities use solitary […]
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5:00 PM | China Unveils Mars Rover Plans.
After landing the Jade Rabbit rover on the Moon, China has unveiled a design for a Mars rover mission. Perhaps egged on by the success of the Indian Space Agency’s Mars mission, Chinese aspirations have increased. The stated goal of the rover will be to search for life and water.  However, due to a limited … Continue reading →

November 20, 2014

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11:39 PM | This is my wall art at the lab. It could be better.
This is my wall art at the lab. It could be better.
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11:00 PM | A Sound Strategy Would Be To Have An Opinion Of Counsel Before Manufacturing Begins.
Ahhh, the sound of music wirelessly transmitted around the house for your enjoyment. Sonos, a manufacturer of wireless home speaker systems, has sued rival Denon for patent infringement over that companies Heos speakers.  Sonos claims that the Heos speakers are similar to Sonos’s speakers and infringe at least four Sonos patents. Sonos’s claims in its … Continue reading →
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10:54 PM | The New Yorker has the tiniest blurb on “Russian Criminal...
The New Yorker has the tiniest blurb on “Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files”, new book by a criminalistics expert at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Arkady Bronnikov: Throughout the Communist era, convicts in the Soviet prison system cultivated a visual language through tattoo art. Their markings, which were often applied by fellow inmates using an adapted electric shaver, were intended to communicate social standing, tastes, and interests to […]
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5:44 PM | Go Inside A Brain In Times Square
Go Inside A Brain In Times Square
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5:00 PM | Its A Dirty Universe.
Using the Hubble Space Telescope scientists have completed the largest and most sensitive visible-light imaging survey of dusty debris disks around other stars. Its a time machine to see the past events that happened in our solar system (and to some extent are still happening) during planet formation. The survey found that no two “disks” … Continue reading →
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