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Government report finds ‘patent troll’ narrative not straightforward

Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office released a report on patent infringement litigation, but its findings didn’t align precisely with what fighters of “patent trolls” might have been hoping to hear…  …

After three-year nap, NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) will hunt for near-Earth asteroids

An artist’s concept of Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is shown in this illustration. (JPL-Caltech/NASA/Reuters) NASA is getting set to rouse a slumbering spacecraft after a nearly three-year nap and hand it a new assignment: hunting for…  …

Striking teachers block access to Mexico City airport

Thousands of teachers severely disrupted access to Mexico City’s international airport, forcing some travelers to abandon cars and roll suitcases on foot during a protest against education reform. The striking educators descended on the capital this week from across the country, staging sit-ins at the chamber of deputies and senate…

Deadly Delhi gang-rape inspires award-winning play

Award-winning playwright Yael Farber, whose new work focuses on the fatal gang-rape of an Indian student last December, was inspired by the protests that erupted across the country after the attack. “I remember feeling this extraordinary sense of envy when I looked at India… I mean — who takes to…

Jerry Brown declares California state of emergency as huge Yosemite wildfire rages

A huge wildfire raged unchecked near California’s famous Yosemite National Park, threatening thousands of homes as officials declared a state of emergency. The blaze — named the “Rim Fire” — erupted last Saturday in the Stanislaus National Forest to the west of Yosemite, one of the most popular tourist attractions…

Greenpeace ship defies Russia, enters Arctic route to protest against oil drilling

Greenpeace has deployed its icebreaker through an Arctic shipping route to protest against oil drilling in the fragile ecosystem, defying Russian authorities, the group said Saturday. The Russian transportation ministry immediately accused the Dutch-flagged vessel of “crudely” violating Russian and international law. Earlier this week Greenpeace said Russia had refused…

WATCH LIVE: 50th anniversary of March on Washington

Martin Luther King, III, Rev. Al Sharpton, and others gather five decades after Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington in 1963, mounting the same steps at the Lincoln Memorial to lead the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Watch a live…

Russian journalist gives a snapshot of gay life in Russia

Russian politicians are beginning to squirm under international scrutiny around their anti-gay legislation, but not enough yet to change, a prominent gay journalist told NBC on Friday. A campaign of anti-gay hate reminiscent of fascist propaganda has been consciously promoted by the Kremlin in the last couple of years, and…

Prisoner hunger striker demands end to indefinite detention in Pelican Bay’s supermax cells

Lawyers for a hunger-striking prisoner in Pelican Bay released audio describing the demands of the remaining hunger strikers protesting indefinite solitary confinement in the California prison. Todd Ashker, a prisoner sentenced to life for killing an inmate, has been imprisoned in the “supermax” solitary confinement cells of Pelican Bay for…

Ancient banyan tree in Hong Kong succumbs to fungus, development

AFP – A 400-year-old banyan tree in Hong Kong will be cut down, authorities said Friday, after being hit by a fungal disease brought on when a park development starved its roots of oxygen and nutrients. Nestled in the heart of the city in Kowloon Park, the tree, Hong Kong’s…

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