The Patents, Trademarks And Copyrights Are Real Turkeys.

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

The Turkey Nebula.

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

Hunting Dark Matter In A Mine.

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

Apple’s Christmas Gift To Google…An End To The Patent Wars.

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

Earth’s Own Plasma Shield.

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