Archive for June 13th, 2013

In an effort to protect businesses from what some see as excessive and unecessary litigation, the Obama administration has introduced several executive orders to curb abuse of the patent system. As The New York Times reported in early June, President Barack Obama “ordered the Patent and Trademark Office to require companies to be more specific about exactly what their patent covers and how it is being infringed.” Read more


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The other day I was engaged in a conversation with a colleague talking about upcoming furloughs in our organization. These temporary layoffs resulting from budgetary constrictions have been advertised for some time, but only now have become imminent.  My co-worker was agitated about why this was happening and generally angry about the impact on their life.  I asked what their plan was if the furloughs extended into the future, say the coming year, and they looked at me like I had two heads.  Plan?  What was I talking about?  Their agitation quickly moved from the furlough to me.
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A new electrolosys process promises to reduce ocean acification while creating hydrogen fuel in the process. Credit: Fantom-XP.

A new electrolysis process promises to reduce ocean acidification while creating hydrogen fuel as a byproduct. Credit: Fantom-XP.

A group of scientists claim to have hit upon an inexpensive, workable way to get carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, store it, and convert it into something that will “offset ocean acidification” — and produce hydrogen fuel in the bargain.

Think of it as giving the ocean a big Alka-Seltzer.

According to a recent press release from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL),  scientists have “demonstrated a new technique to remove and store atmospheric carbon dioxide while generating carbon-negative hydrogen and producing alkalinity, which can be used to offset ocean acidification.” Read more

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