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If you’re unfamiliar, Airbnb is like a mix of eBay and Couchsurfing: people list their property on the site, and vacationers rent that property. Property owners can make money when they’re not at home, and vacationers have more choice when visiting a city—a win-win, or most would think. Of course, being a stranger-to-stranger [...]

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Law on Google Glass Less than Clear

On April 1, 2013 By Kendall Short

Lawmakers in West Virginia have proposed a new bill that bans wearing the new Google Glass device while driving.  (For background info on this high-tech headpiece, see fellow blogger Katie Kuhn’s post.)  The bill would subject drivers who use “a wearable computer with a head-mounted display” to a fine.

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On Tuesday, September 25, at Google’s Mountain View headquarters, California governor Jerry Brown signed a law legalizing the testing of driverless cars on public roads.  While California is not the first state to legalize driverless cars, this step is significant because the state’s large consumer market often drives innovation in [...]

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Open Sesame

On September 19, 2012 By Veronica Gordon

The American landscape can seem sharply divided during a presidential election year. Yet, in the midst of political ads and spin, if there is one thing both parties can openly agree on, it’s the need for more transparency. That’s where the open data movement comes in. The open data movement seeks to provide more [...]

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Heads Up, the Sky Is Falling

On October 8, 2011 By Sam Beutler

It was only days ago that NASA’s Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (“UARS”) fell to earth, fortuitously landing in a remote area of the Pacific Ocean.  Now, the German Aerospace Center reports that another satellite (“ROSAT”) is headed our way, with estimates placing its descent in early November.  Frighteningly, as much as 1.6 tons [...]

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Embryos Are Animals Too?

On October 5, 2011 By Tim Van Hal

Embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) remains today an area of contention. However, one area of ESCR that is rarely discussed relates to the rights of embryos–not those of humans, but those of the other species that roam the planet. It is clear that embryos destroyed in [...]

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Gaming for the Greater Good

On September 27, 2011 By Collins Kilgore

Recently, the journal Nature published an article for which players of the online game Foldit solved the protein structure of a retrovirus similar to HIV. This particular protein structure, an understanding of which will help in the treatment of AIDS, eluded researchers for over ten years before [...]

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Is Big Brother Watching You?

On July 26, 2011 By Thomas Booms

At what point do law enforcement agencies cross the line from protecting citizens to infringing on civil liberties and privacy rights? This question is being addressed with increasing frequency, and is raised again with the planned implementation of BI2 Technologies’ new scanner, a hand-held facial recognition device called MORIS (Mobile Offender [...]

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Wouldn’t it be amazing to never have to worry about your cell phone or iPod losing power? Well, that may soon be a reality. On Tuesday, March 29, The American Chemical Society announced that it created the first practical nanogenerator that can produce electricity through the work of your own body.

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On March 21, 2011 By JETLaw

In the news. . .

Axl Rose goes forward with $20 million lawsuit over use of band mate Slash in videogame Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

Charlie Sheen catchphrase, “Winning!” sparks trademark disputes.

ICANN approves .xxx for adult-entertainment sites.

Netflix faces class action lawsuit for privacy [...]

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