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+ - Courageous Blogger Wins 1.5 Year Legal Battle!->

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FixYourThinking writes "After nearly one and a half years of harassment from a relentless attorney, it seems that quietly a blogger in South Carolina has won a monumental ruling in favor of bloggers. In a summary judgement requested by the Defendant Philip Smith was able to obtain a special sanction after the Plaintiff attorney put a "notice of lien" (called lis pendens) on Smith's residence. The judge also reprimanded the Plaintiff attorney for abusive deposition and court procedure. The case set forth the following; "It's not the format; it's the content and intention that make text journalism / reporting""
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GPS Used As Defence In Radar Speeding Case 464

Posted by kdawson
from the could-be-onto-something dept.
James Thigpen writes "There is an article over at Ars Technica about an accused speeder contesting his speeding ticket based on his car's built-in GPS system's records. According to the article his car says he was going slower than the radar gun clocked him at. Contesting a ticket based on GPS data has never before been tested in court."

+ - How lasers cut flesh

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "Lasers might be at the cutting edge of surgery, but scientists still don't know much about how laser lights interact with living tissue. Now, researchers at Vanderbilt University have investigated how ultraviolet lasers are cutting living tissues. As you could have guessed, 'the effect that powerful lasers have on actual flesh varies both with the wavelength, or color, of the light and the duration of the pulses that they produce.' But the real finding of these researchers is that lasers cut flesh by creating a series of overlapping micro-explosions. This might improve procedures such as LASIK eye surgery or even brain surgery. Read more for additional references and a picture of a researcher working with these lasers."

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