Google gives Lick Observatory $1 million

Google gives Lick Observatory $1 million

Reblogged from http://phys.org Google Inc. has given $1 million to the University of California’s Lick Observatory in what astronomers hope is the first of many private gifts to support an invaluable teaching and research resource for the state. The unrestricted funds, spread over two years, will go toward general expenses, augmenting the $1.5 million the … Continue reading

Star Crossed Stars Doomed…An Astronomical Love Story For Valentines Day.

Star Crossed Stars Doomed…An Astronomical Love Story For Valentines Day.

Just like a Shakespearian play, the two white dwarf stars in Henize 2-428 are circling each other toward a deadly embrace. Each of the white dwarf stars have a little less mass than the Sun. In about 700 million years the stars will merge into a Type 1a supernova, destroying both stars in a fiery … Continue reading

Patent troll targets crowdfunding startups — Innovation Act could stop that

Patent troll targets crowdfunding startups — Innovation Act could stop that

Reblog from Venturebeat On Thursday, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) re-introduced the Innovation Act, a bipartisan bill targeted at fixing the out-of-control patent troll problem. This comes not a moment too soon, as patent trolls have begun to target one of the newest areas of innovation and job creation: the crowdfunding industry. AlphaCap Ventures, … Continue reading

A Bull-ish Trademark Conflict Is Brewing.

A Bull-ish Trademark Conflict Is Brewing.

Red Bull is opposing the trademark application of  Old Ox Brewery, The opposition filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office claims Old Ox confusingly similar the the famous energy drink. Red Bull is arguing that “an ‘ox’ and a ‘bull’ both fall within the same class of ‘bovine’ animals and are virtually indistinguishable to most … Continue reading