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Submission + - Here's Why Patents Are Innovation's Worst Enemy (

walterbyrd writes: Patents did serve an important purpose during the days when technology advances happened over decades or centuries. In today’s era of exponentially advancing technologies, however, patents have become the greatest inhibitor to innovation and are holding the United States back. The only way of staying ahead is to out-innovate a competitor; speed to market and constant reinvention are critical. Patents do the reverse; they create disincentives to innovate and slow down innovators by allowing technology laggards and extortionists to sue them.

Submission + - Large Hadron Collider ramps up to shed light on dark matter (

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva are making final preparations to restart the giant underground machine and with it their quest to understand the fundamental laws of nature.

Engineers at Cern, the European particle physics lab, have spent the past two years refurbishing the worldâ(TM)s most powerful collider in its 17-mile tunnel under the French-Swiss countryside so it can run at nearly double its previous energy.

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