Europes Answer To The Shuttle.

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

Robotic Hamster Sparks Sanctions In Trade Secret Case.

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

Calling All Amateur Astronomoers…You Input Is Needed.

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

Another “Software” Patent Found Invalid Under Alice.

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