Alex McAdam

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Apple Wins 9 Detailed iPhone 6 Design Patents that could Pack a Punch in Court Should Samsung's S6 Design Cross the Line

On August 24, 2012 the jury in Apple's first patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung returned a verdict largely favorable to Apple. It found that …

Intellectual Property

The new clash over cannabis

Rising tensions between states over pot put pressure on Obama to act.<p>The Obama administration and many congressional Republicans have been loath to go anywhere near the experiment with marijuana legalization in Colorado and other states. But pressure is mounting on Washington to take a stand on …

Cannabis

Cut your commute time with the IO Hawk

The portable mobility device is compact and fun to ride once you get the hang of it.<p>LAS VEGAS -- The IO Hawk is a high-tech skateboard and Segway mashup. You won't look as cool as a skateboarder riding it around, but you'll definitely look less dorky than you would riding a Segway.<p>The personal …

Commuting

The Same Old 'New' Congress

On Wednesday, the Republican Senate got to work, and the bickering began anew.<p>Harry Reid, the now-former Senate majority leader, wasn't even in the Capitol on Wednesday. He was at his home across town, nursing injuries he suffered in an exercise accident last week. But in a statement his deputy …

16 Bold Covers From The Satirical Paris Magazine That Was Attacked On Wednesday

As the gunmen stormed the building, they shouted "We have avenged the prophet" and "Allahu Akbar," leading many to the conclusion that the attacks were a retaliation against the magazine's long history of provoking Muslims and other groups with controversial magazine covers.<p>We've collected a number …

Mitch McConnell: Credit Republicans for the economic recovery they did everything in their power to prevent

Senate leader basks in glow of brightening economic picture. Never mind the GOP’s scorched-earth obstruction<p>Between the country's impressive economic growth and robust job figures, it's finally beginning to look like a real recovery is underway, six years after the official end of the Great …

Future Hall-Of-Famer Explains Why Carmelo Anthony Is The Hardest Player To Guard In The NBA

The list of five players Pierce calls the toughest ever to defend includes <b>LeBron James</b> ("His style of play just wears you out over the course of a game."); <b>Vince Carter</b> ("He's hell to guard out on the perimeter because of the elevation on his shot. But you were so afraid of him blowing by you and …

The real story behind Santa Claus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Don't tell the kids, but we've got Santa Claus all wrong.<p>Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who's been naughty or nice, and doles out presents or punishments accordingly.<p>But historians say Kris Kringle was originally created to …

Orion's 'Picture Perfect' Splashdown Marks New Era in Spaceflight

NASA celebrates a successful test of its capsule designed to carry astronauts into deep space.<p>NASA's newest spacecraft successfully splashed down on Friday, opening a new era in deep-space exploration.<p>Unmanned for this test flight, the Orion space capsule successfully splashed down in the Pacific …

White policeman kills unarmed black man in Arizona

Officer shot father of three after mistaking pill box in his pocket for a gun in another incident of police using lethal force against an unarmed black man<p>A white police officer shot dead a black man in Arizona when he mistook some pills for a gun, authorities said Thursday, amid protests in New …

Rand Paul just wrecked his ’16 campaign: Watch his awful Eric Garner answer

GOP hero turns question of excessive police force into a phony tax issue — and shows why he’ll never be president<p>Journalists and comedians want an entertaining 2016 presidential race, and I’m sympathetic. I know people are going to prop up some folks I can’t get behind, but it’s all fair. …

Rand Paul blames Eric Garner's death on high NYC cigarette tax

In 2010, the New York State Legislature passed a law raising taxes on cigarettes purchased in New York City to $5.85 per pack of 20 cigarettes.<p>Fast-forward four years: A U.S. senator is blaming the politician that created that law for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, by a …

House passes defense bill, OKs military campaign against Islamic militants

The Republican-controlled House approved a $585 billion defense policy bill that grants President Barack Obama the authority to expand the U.S. military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria despite misgivings about a new American combat role after more than a decade of war.<p>The vote …

NASA's Orion launch scrubbed, rescheduled for Friday

NASA will have to wait at least one more day to see how its new Orion spacecraft flies.<p>The space agency scrubbed Thursday morning's test launch in Florida after a series of delays, the last of which happened because some liquid-oxygen fuel and drain valves failed to open during the countdown, NASA …

NASA signs off on Mars-bound Orion spacecraft: All systems go for December test flight - ExtremeTech

By on October 31, 2014 at 2:45 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>NASA has announced that it has …

Birth of a solar system: The first ever high-resolution image of planet formation - ExtremeTech

By on November 6, 2014 at 1:11 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Feast your eyes, my friends, on</i> …

Elon Musk plans satellite network

Next venture by founder of electric car firm Tesla aims to bring internet coverage to the billions who do not have it<p>After shaking up the automotive world with his electric car venture, entrepreneur Elon Musk has set his sights skywards in a bid to bring the internet to the billions who still lack …

BBM now offers message retraction and Snapchat-like timed messages

BBM users with a tendency to send messages before their brain has had a chance to fully comprehend the likely consequences of their memo can now retract it with a single tap.<p>The new feature, released over the weekend as part of the messaging app’s latest update, will also come in handy for …

New View Suggests Big Bang Inflation Claims Are Just Dust

Astrophysics

Ferguson’s absurd dilemma: What if being peaceful won’t change a thing?

The suggestion that we be peaceful to receive peace back is always urged. It’s also ignorant of American history<p>No exercise has pained me quite like this one. As I sit at the foot of my bed, grasping for new, creative ways to recycle words I've already uttered and written, I am haunted by …

Letters on 'Life With Legal Weed' in Colorado

How has Boulder changed—or not—since the end of prohibition? And is it really the right city to explore the shift? Readers share their views.<p>After reading "Life With Legal Weed," my feature about Boulder, Colorado, as it adjusts to sanctioned marijuana, a number of locals and interested outsiders …

Australia going to 'unthinkable' lengths to return Syria detainees, emails show

Guardian Australia Exclusive: • Emails reveal strategies used by immigration department to send back asylum seekers • Syrian asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru being returned to face certain harm, say human rights experts<p>The lengths to which the Australian immigration department has gone to …

This new 'holographic video' tech paves the way for a real-life Holodeck

Graphics startup Otoy released a new 360-degree holographic capture system that has the potential to drastically change how the media industry uses video.<p>Otoy’s new system allows you to capture the parameters of a setting (people, objects, scenes) with a mobile device’s camera. It then sends that …

Tributes pour in for US actor Robin Williams

<b>Tributes have been pouring in for US actor Robin Williams, who was found dead in an apparent suicide at his home near San Francisco on Monday.</b><p>"Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can't believe he's gone." - Film …

Comedy

The truth about science vs. religion: 4 reasons why intelligent design falls flat

The devil’s in the details<p><i>Of course I believe in evolution. And I believe in God, too. I believe that evolution is how God created life."</i><p>You hear this a lot from progressive and moderate religious believers. They believe in some sort of creator god, but they heartily reject the extreme, …

Associated Press News

The New Politics of Pot: The 2014 Candidates Who Want to Legalize It

Forget decriminalization or medical marijuana. Bolstered by state ballot victories, top-tier contenders in 2014 are seeking full legalization, the …

North Korea executes Kim Jong-un's uncle as a traitor

Jang Song-thaek was a mentor to the young North Korean dictator until he was publicly purged last week.<p>The once-powerful uncle of <b>North Korean</b> leader Kim Jong-un has been executed for treason after being branded "despicable human scum", according to the state news agency.<p>Jang Song-thaek was a mentor …

North Korea