"Many great scientists developed their curiosity for science at an early age and went on to make groundbreaking discoveries that changed the way we live," Sam Peter of Google's science fair team
A US judge refused to toss out a verdict ordering Samsung to pay $1 billion to Apple for patent infringement, but reversed a finding of "willful" violations which could have tripled the award.
Judge brings in latest Apple vs Samsung rulings (via The Inquirer)
UNITED STATES District Court Judge Lucy Koh has updated the parties on the latest twists and bumps of the Apple v. Samsung patents infringement and damages roadshow. Judge Koh handed down a number of decisions yesterday, according to a report at Groklaw, before leaning back in her chair and clearing…
BP's $4.5 bn plea deal over US oil spill approved by judge (via AFP)
A US judge on Tuesday approved a $4.5 billion deal in which BP pleaded guilty to criminal charges from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill -- but the British energy giant's legal woes are far from over. BP is set to return to the Louisiana courthouse on February 25 for a mammoth trial consolidating scores…
The goal is to offer 11 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship while strengthening border security and finding a way to keep high-flying foreign graduates of US colleges in the country to catalyze economic growth.
Obama to harness immigration reform momentum (via AFP)
President Barack Obama heads to Las Vegas Tuesday to begin to mobilize the US public behind a comprehensive immigration reform drive that could provide a glittering second-term legacy achievement. Treacherous immigration politics dashed similar efforts under president George W. Bush, but the rising…
"I'm a big football fan, but I have to tell you, if I had a son, I would have to think long and hard before I let him play football," --Barack Obama
Obama concerned with impact of gridiron violence (via AFP)
US President Barack Obama said fans of American football must accept that the sport is likely to change rules to reduce the violence and impact on players, including brain injuries. In an interview with The New Republic made public a week before the Super Bowl gridiron showdown between San Francisco…
The smartphone superpowers are taking a huge bite out of the competition.
Android and iOS account for 92 percent of fourth quarter smartphone shipments (via The Inquirer)
THE TWO LEADING RIVALS, Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems accounted for a record 92 percent of the smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2012, Strategy Analytics has revealed. The research firm's latest statistics show that in the fourth quarter of last year Android and iOS boasted…
Twitter launches iPhone video sharing app (via AFP)
Twitter on Thursday launched Vine, a service that lets people share video snippets from iPhones or iPod touch devices. Perpetually looping videos clips up to six seconds each can be shared using Vine or easily embedded in "tweets" fired off at the globally popular messaging service Twitter. "Like tweets…
"The issue in the case is whether or not people who disagree with these programs on religious or constitutional grounds can opt out."
"I'm concerned about the country when we see this compliant complacency being forced on people."
US schoolgirl loses ID locator chip battle (via AFP)
A federal judge has dismissed a Texas girl's objection to locator chips in student ID badges at a public high school in a case that raises concerns about the erosion of privacy and civil liberties. Andrea Hernandez, 15, and her father told school officials they oppose the use of locator chips on religious…
"Americans are dying and suffering at rates that we know are unnecessary because people in other high-income countries are living longer lives and enjoying better health. What concerns our panel is why, for decades, we have been slipping behind," Woolf stressed."
Americans less healthy than others (via AFP)
Americans are in worse health, die earlier and suffer from more disease than residents of other wealthy nations, according to a new study out Wednesday. The disadvantage spans all ages from birth to 75, said the report, conducted jointly by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine…
The UAlbany STEP Club shows it appreciation this month by getting festive. The club created gingerbread houses for the elderly. The activity was facilitated by Albany High School teacher Ellen Mall-John, and STEP Coordinator, Amir Gilmore. Mrs. Mall-John usually makes gingerbread houses for the elderly, but wanted the student staff and students this year to partake in the fun.
The project was a huge success. It brought students and staff closer together as they very carefully had to build the gingerbread without them falling apart. The joy that came to the faces of students and staff, astonished me as a supervisor, for everyone was engaged! It is such a wonderful feeling that people are eager and willing to contribute back to their community.
The gingerbread houses that were built were placed in a contest by students and staff and were voted on within the club. It was truly overall a good event, and the club would love to do something like this again. Happy Holidays Everyone!