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The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that it is extending a popular program that allows patent applicants to submit minor amendments to their patent applications even after final rejection.

The “After Final Consideration” Pilot was launched in May and was scheduled to end on September 30, 2013. The Pilot will now be extended to include requests filedon or before September 30,…

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The disabled spacecraft Kepler is really the gift that keeps on giving, much like the food poisoning that I have been suffering through since Sunday (Thanks Taco Bell, I didn’t know my order came with a free side of botulism!).


Image Credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech

Analyzing data already gathered researchers have announced the discovery of Kepler-186f, an Earth sized planet…

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China’s new trademark law, which takes effect May 1, 2014, is designed to discourage the trademark hijacking and piracy that have caused headaches for foreign companies attempting to do business in China.

In July of 2012, Apple paid a $60 million settlement to the Chinese company Proview Technology to acquire the right to use the iPad name in the Chinese market. Proview had registered the name in…

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Norman Van Treeck:

Still under the weather, so here is another great blog post from Alien Shores. You should check out his other great images/articles.

Originally posted on alien shores:

50 Light Frames & 12 Dark Frames – Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in Lightroom 4. ISO 3200. Exposure 20 sec

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GoldieBlox, a company that makes toys that encourage girls to become engineers, has stopped using a Beastie Boys song in its ads and has dropped its suit against the music group.

The toy company had been using a parody version of the Beastie Boys song “Girls” in a video ad that went viral and gained over seven million views.

The Beastie Boys threatened to sue the toy company for copyright…

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Smartphone Astrophotography: How I photograph the Moon & planets with my phone

Norman Van Treeck:

Sorry, still getting over my bout of food poisoning (Thaks Taco Bell, had I known that you loaded grillers came with extra e-colli I would have passed, serves me right for wanting fast food anyway). So here is another reblog for you on how to take images with your smart phones. Enjoy.

Originally posted on Canadian Astronomy:

iphone Moon

Moon photographed with an iPhone 4s through an 8”…

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A freelance photojournalist has been awarded $1.2 million after a US federal court jury found that two major media companies had infringed his copyrights.

Daniel Morel was in Haiti on January 12, 2010, when an earthquake struck and killed 250,000 people. He took photos of the resulting devastation and distributed them to media outlets all over the world, including via his Twitter feed.


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But the Fact is, Einstein Passed His Math Classes

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Norman Van Treeck:

Feeling under the weather. Here is a good article from J.C. Conway. Go visit him.

Originally posted on J. C. Conway:

Einstein_1921Urban myths abound. One that is simply dead wrong, but consistently repeated, is that Albert Einstein failed at math as a young student. It’s an extremely useful fallacy to repeat when seeking to console young students whose math grades are poor. “Keep trying.…

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Arbitrator Orders Hasbro to Pay $72.9 Million for Nerf Guns


An arbitrator has ordered Hasbro to pay a licensor $72.9 million in royalties in a dispute involving Nerf guns.

The licensor, Johnson Research & Development Co. of Atlanta, also has a separate breach of contract case pending in federal court that involves Hasbro’s Super Soaker water guns.

In the breach of contract suit, Johnson has accused Hasbro of violating a 1996 agreement under which Hasbro…

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NASA doesn’t want to rely solely on batteries for its future space missions.  So, the agency is seeking proposals for the development of new, more capable, energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology currently used.

“NASA is focusing on creating new advanced technologies that could lead to entirely new approaches for the energy needs of the agency’s future Earth and space…

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