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  • Oceans May Soon Be More Corrosive Than When The Dinosaurs Died
    02/21/2006 8:41PM
    As reported by Science Daily: "Increased carbon dioxide emissions are rapidly making the world's oceans more acidic and, if unabated, could cause a mass extinction of marine life similar to one that occurred 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs disappeared. Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution's Departm ... Read Full Article
  • Florida Vote Irregularities
    02/24/2006 12:28PM
    As reported on slashdot: *"Having 'successfully sued former Palm Beach County (FL) Supervisor of Elections Theresa LePore to get the audit records for the 2004 presidential election,' Black Box Voting reports that the 'internal logs of at least 40 Sequoia touch-screen voting machines reveal that votes were ti ... Read Full Article
  • Finally! Someone in the main stream pressed has noticed. BlackBerry Lawsuit Is Patently Absurd
    02/25/2006 10:09AM
    As /FINALLY/ reported by the Washington Post (on the front cover no doubt): "A jury found RIM guilty of patent infringement back in 2002, and the judge said that's all that really matters in deciding a penalty -- even if NTP is in no position to offer a replacement service to BlackBerry users. This is the kind ... Read Full Article
  • RIM Legacy: More Patent Wars
    03/06/2006 9:52PM
    As reported by the Red Herring: "The $612.5-million BlackBerry settlement may be a call to arms for both patent holders and patent law reformers. March 6, 2006 Industry watchers said Monday the hefty settlement of a patent lawsuit between [Research In Motion][1] and NTP will lead to increased patent liti ... Read Full Article
  • So "Buy it Now" is "patented".
    03/11/2006 11:50AM
    Another day, another patent atrocity: "The federal government yesterday took a position against eBay Inc. in a patent dispute that threatens to shut down one of the online auction site's popular shopping features.The Office of the Solicitor General said in a brief filed with the Supreme Court that eBay willfu ... Read Full Article
  • USDA Problems - Analysis: What that mad cow means
    03/15/2006 8:45PM
    A disturbing article from UPI: "The fact the Texas cow showed up fairly clearly implied the existence of other undetected cases," Dr. Paul Brown, former medical director of the National Institutes of Health's Laboratory for Central Nervous System Studies and an expert on mad cow-like diseases, told Unite ... Read Full Article
  • I kid you not, there is actually a company that has patented a THOUGHT.
    03/19/2006 5:41PM
    There are simply no words to describe this stupidity: "... there is the rather bizarre question of whether simply thinking about a patented fact infringes the patent. The idea smacks of thought control, to say nothing of unenforceability. It seems like something out of a novel by Philip K. Dick — or Kafka. Bu ... Read Full Article
  • The Dollar's Doom
    03/22/2006 1:42AM
    Some say the days of the US successfully propping up its currency with its economic and military practices will soon come to an end. That's not going to go over well with the US economy. Here are a couple references... Think the dollar is backed by gold and poised to stand the test of time? Read Congressman Paul's spee ... Read Full Article
  • Patently Ridiculous
    03/22/2006 1:48PM
    In the New York Times someone has noticed: "Something has gone very wrong with the United States patent system. Americans think of the granting of patents as a benevolent process that lets inventors enjoy the fruits of their hard work and innovations. But times have changed. The definition of what is patentab ... Read Full Article
  • Peak Oil and Dollar Gloom Reading List
    03/24/2006 10:09AM
    After Ian's post on the [Dollars Doom][1] a lengthy debate started on the subject. As part of that, our good friend Warner, suggested a reading list which I'm preserving for posterity here: [financialsense.com][2] [theoildrum.com][3] [lifeaftertheoilcrash.net][4] - Very well written assessment of the peak oil ... Read Full Article
  • Climate Change Begins To Hit The Mainstream Media
    03/26/2006 11:48AM
    CNN.com is reporting on Time Magazine's cover story on global climate change. The [article][1] details the seriousness of the problem. You'll have to look at a brief web ad to read the entire thing for free. [1]: http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/26/coverstory/index.html ... Read Full Article
  • Winning the Oil Endgame
    03/29/2006 10:28AM
    Duncan found this one: *"Winning the Oil Endgame* offers a coherent strategy for ending oil dependence, starting with the United States but applicable worldwide. There are many analyses of the oil problem. This synthesis is the first roadmap of the oil *solution*—one led by business for profit, not dictated b ... Read Full Article
  • Patent Fiasco before the Supreme Court
    03/30/2006 8:42AM
    As reported by the Washington Post: "The case puts a spotlight on the nation's troubled patent system, which recent studies by the National Academy of Sciences and the Federal Trade Commission have described as plagued by questionable patents and costly litigation." You can read [the full sad story ... Read Full Article
  • Caribbean coral suffers record die-off
    04/01/2006 10:51AM
    In the "oh this is not good" category CNN reports: 'And with global warming, scientists are pessimistic about the future of coral reefs. "The prognosis is not good," said biochemistry professor M. James Crabbe of the University of Luton near London. In early April, he will investigate coral reef ... Read Full Article
  • Unexpected consequences of global warming - spread of disease
    05/05/2006 11:07AM
    As reported by the Washington Post: "Global warming -- with an accompanying rise in floods and droughts -- is fueling the spread of epidemics in areas unprepared for the diseases, say many health experts worldwide. Mosquitoes, ticks, mice and other carriers are surviving warmer winters and expanding their ran ... Read Full Article
  • Mercedes Smart Car Finally Available In US
    05/18/2006 1:24PM
    ...but NOT through Mercedes. Rather, ZAPcars has become a direct importer for the cars and has the exclusive ten year distribution rights in the US. Only the gas two door version will be available in the US; you'll have to gray market a diesel model from Canada if you want one, and forget the four door model. The ... Read Full Article
  • Bad bad bad news ... Human Bird Flu Transmission Is Proven in Indonesia
    06/23/2006 12:33PM
    In the "oh, now this is bad" category: "Bird flu was spread directly between members of an Indonesian family in the first laboratory-confirmed case of human-to-human transmission of the lethal virus, a World Health Organization official said." Full [article at bloomberg.][1] [1]: http:// ... Read Full Article
  • Amazon Deforestation == Global Catastrophe?
    08/02/2006 6:26PM
    In the "the end of the world is closer than we think sub-category of doom and gloom" , Lance came across this article today: MANAUS - Deep in the heart of the world's greatest rainforest, a nine-day journey by boat from the sea, Otavio Luz Castello is anxiously watching the soft waters ... Read Full Article
  • Contaminated Chesapeake Beaches and Water
    08/03/2006 1:11AM
    More doom and gloom. According to the Washington Post: "Dirty water and contaminated fish in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries pose a public health threat, but spotty monitoring and tourism industry worries can block the public from learning the full picture, health experts say.Millions of people swim, b ... Read Full Article
  • Greening of Chicago Starts at the Top Floor
    08/10/2006 9:47AM
    This is a topic I've been thinking about alot recently. Global warming researchers seem to focus exclusively on CO2 concentrations. Few people are talking about localized warming due to the effects of all this tar, asphalt and concrete. It seems to me that in addition to sequestering CO2, planting trees and other gree ... Read Full Article
  • Risky Mortgages
    08/19/2006 1:03PM
    According to the Washington Post: "The loans under scrutiny include interest-only mortgages and "option" mortgages, in which borrowers decide each month how much to repay. Because monthly payments are lower than with traditional fixed-rate mortgages, borrowers can buy more expensive houses. In the p ... Read Full Article
  • "Tiered" domain name pricing?
    08/25/2006 1:21PM
    Firmly in the doom and gloom category, as reported by [Slashdot.org][1]: *"As reported on CircleID, Vint Cerf has confirmed that [ICANN's new contracts for the .org/.biz/.info domain prices can be tiered][2], so that google.biz could cost $1 million per year, while sex.biz could cost $100,000/year. This is ve ... Read Full Article
  • Blackboard Inc patents concept of E-Learning
    08/28/2006 12:53PM
    At least the fiasco is making the main stream press more and more. This reporter seems to get it to some degree. "It may seem self-evident that virtual classrooms should closely resemble real ones. But a major education software company contends it wasn't always so obvious. And now, in a move that has shaken ... Read Full Article
  • More on Compact Fluorescents
    08/29/2006 5:35PM
    According to slashdot: *"if every one of 110 million American households bought just one [CFL], took it home, and screwed it in the place of an ordinary 60-watt bulb, the energy saved would be enough to power a city of 1.5 million people. One bulb swapped out, enough electricity saved to power all the homes i ... Read Full Article
  • GM (!?!) Ahead Of the Crowd (?!?)
    09/20/2006 9:16AM
    Astoundingly enough, it appears that GM may have a [price competive fuel cell powered vehicle][1] available by 2010, jumping ahead of nearly all competitors. If they can pull this off, it would be huge for GM and for the fight against climate change. Supposedly, they will begin giving loaning out test vehicles to ... Read Full Article