Archive for April 2013
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that calls into question whether human DNA can be claimed as intellectual property, and remain off limits to everyone without the permission of the patent holder.
The lawsuit, filed in 2009 by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation, challenges seven patents held by Myriad Genetics Inc on two human genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer. A federal judge said the patents were invalid. An appeals court overruled that decision, and the case landed in the Supreme Court.
The legal issues center on whether the genes that Myriad patented, called BRCA1 and BRCA2, are natural phenomena. The ACLU says human DNA is a product of nature, and as such not patentable under the Patent Act. Myriad argues that its patents are for genes that have been “isolated,” which makes them products of human ingenuity and, therefore, patentable.
As scholars debate the legal questions, two parallel issues have emerged: whether patenting genes thwarts scientific research, and whether it harms patients
- Supreme Court: Can human genes be patented? (firstread.nbcnews.com)
- The Question of Whether We Can Patent Genes Heads to the Supreme Court (theatlanticwire.com)
- US court to hear gene patents case (bbc.co.uk)
Update: False, possibly State-Sponsored propaganda: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/04/iran-time-machine-scientist/64183/
An Iranian businessman claims to have mastered time with a machine that allows users to fast forward up to eight years into the future.
Ali Razeghi, a Tehran scientist has registered “The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine” with the state-run Centre for Strategic Inventions.
The device can predict the future in a print out after taking readings from the touch of a user, he told the Fars state newsagency.
Razaeghi, 27, said the device worked by a set of complex algorithims to “predict five to eight years of the future life of any individual, with 98 percent accuracy”.
As the managing director of Iran’s Centre for Strategic Inventions, Razeghi is a serial inventor with 179 other inventions listed under his own name. “I have been working on this project for the last 10 years,” he said.
“My invention easily fits into the size of a personal computer case and can predict details of the next 5-8 years of the life of its users. It will not take you into the future, it will bring the future to you.”
Razeghi says Iran’s government can predict the possibility of a military confrontation with a foreign country, and forecast the fluctuation in the value of foreign currencies and oil prices by using his new invention.
“Naturally a government that can see five years into the future would be able to prepare itself for challenges that might destabilise it,” he said. “As such we expect to market this invention among states as well as individuals once we reach a mass production stage.”
Razeghi said his latest project has been criticised by friends and relatives for “trying to play God” with ordinary lives and history. “This project is not against our religious values at all. The Americans are trying to make this invention by spending millions of dollars on it where I have already achieved it by a fraction of the cost,” he said. “The reason that we are not launching our prototype at this stage is that the Chinese will steal the idea and produce it in millions overnight.”
- Iranian scientist claims to have invented ‘time machine’ (talesfromthelou.wordpress.com)
- Iranian scientist claims to have invented ‘time machine’ (worldallaround.wordpress.com)
- Iranian scientist claims to have invented ‘Time Machine’ that can predict the future (independent.ie)
by Lawrence Lessig
- Lessig: Why Washington is corrupt (cnn.com)
- Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim (jhaines6.wordpress.com)
Computers can see peoples dreams
By Tia Ghose, Live Science
A computer can predict what you’re dreaming about based on brain wave activity, new research suggests.
By measuring peoples brain activity during waking moments, researchers were able to pick out the signatures of specific dream imagery — such as keys or a bed — while the dreamer was asleep.
“We know almost nothing about the function of dreaming,” said study co-author Masako Tamaki, a neuroscientist at Brown University. “Using this method, we might be able to know more about the function of dreaming.”
The findings, which were published today April 4 in the journal Science, could also help scientists understand what goes on in the brain when people have nightmares.
(Light day finally – only 2 new contracts awarded today, according to MSM Headlines however, we’re going to spend $100 million to discover what we already know but keep hidden.)
Over $442 million awarded today.
Here’s A Highlight:
Raytheon, Intelligence and Information Systems, Defense and Civil Missions Solutions, Sterling, Va., is being awarded an $11,795,303 firm-fixed-price contract for sustainment services supporting the Military Satellite Communications System (MILSATCOM) Global Broadcast System (GBS). The location of performance is Sterling, Va. Work is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2013. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013. The contracting activity is AFSPC SMC/PKL, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., (F8823-13-C-0004).
- Defense.gov: Contracts for Thursday, March 21, 2013 (bothernews.wordpress.com)
- Pentagon Awards German Firm a $343.6 Million Missile Contract (fool.com)
- Pentagon Hands Out $84.4 Million in Small Contracts (dailyfinance.com)
- SMi Group’s MilSatCom Middle East & Africa conference and exhibition takes place next week (prweb.com)
ITT’s Defense business distinguished itself in 2006 by winning contracts with the FAA, the Army, the Navy and NASA, to name a few.
In its role as a systems integrator, ITT has helped revolutionize combat command control by providing expertise in such areas as electronic warfare, GPS navigation and intelligence defense systems.
- ITT Exelis awarded base operations contract in Romania (dailyfinance.com)
- ITT Exelis to Showcase Leading Defense Technologies at IDEX (virtual-strategy.com)
- US Patent Number 3951134 – Apparatus and method for remotely monitoring and altering brain waves.
Assignee at issue: Dorne & Margolin, Antenna manufacturers
ITT Exelis seems to be the current owner/manufacturer of the Dorne & Margolin brand