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Woman Trademarks Name and Threatens Sites Using It 273

An anonymous reader writes "Be careful mentioning Dr. Ann De Wees Allen. She's made it clear that she's trademarked her name and using it is 'illegal... without prior written permission.' She even lists out the names of offenders and shows you the cease-and-desist letter she sends them. And, especially don't copy any of the text on her website, because she's using a bit of javascript that will warn you 'Copyright Protect!' if you right click on a link."
Space

Submission + - Cosmic 'Bullets' Traced to Galactic Black Holes 1

dork writes: The Pierre Auger Observatory announced that active galactic nuclei are the most likely candidates for the source of the highest-energy cosmic rays that hit Earth. Using the Southern Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina, the largest cosmic-ray observatory in the world, spanning over more than 3000 square kilometers, they found that the sources of the highest-energy particles are not distributed uniformly across the sky, linking the origins of these "cosmic bullets" to the locations of nearby galaxies, hosting active nuclei in their centers. These galaxies are thought to be powered by supermassive monster black holes that are devouring large amounts of matter. The exact mechanism of how particles get accelerated to energies 100 million times higher than achievable by the most powerful particle accelerators on Earth is still a mystery. A fraction of recorded events is also available through a public online event display.
Space

Submission + - Clue to highest-energy cosmic rays discovered (auger.org)

dork writes: The Pierre Auger Observatory announced today (with impressive press coverage) that active galactic nuclei are the most likely candidates for the source of the highest-energy cosmic rays that hit Earth. Using the Southern Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina, the largest cosmic-ray observatory in the world, spanning over more than 3000 square kilometers, a team of scientists from 17 countries found that the sources of the highest-energy particles are not distributed uniformly across the sky. Instead, the Auger results link the origins of these mysterious particles to the locations of nearby galaxies, hosting active nuclei in their centers and thought to be powered by supermassive black holes that are devouring large amounts of matter. The exact mechanism of how they can accelerate particles to energies 100 million times higher than the most powerful particle accelerator on Earth is still a mystery. A fraction of Pierre Auger Observatory measured events is also available through a public online event display.
Space

Submission + - Record-setting stellar-mass black hole (yahoo.com)

chyllaxyn writes: "Astronomers have discovered a new supermassive black hole orbiting a star a mere 1.8 million light-years from Earth. Weighing in with a mass of 24 to 33 times that of our Sun, topping the previous record of 16 times the mass of our sun. I can feel it's pull already, or maybe that's just the candy corn talking..."
Software

Submission + - Grid.org shuts down distributed computing

cycik writes: Grid.org is shutting down. I walked into work with my screen saver processing data from the United Devices agent. The information links here http://forum.grid.org/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=599007 Basically they have decided to shutdown their distubuted computing site. I wonder what will happen to the cancer research and proteome folding now. And I almost had 12 years of computer time running.
Censorship

Submission + - Fair use in scientific blogging?

GrumpySimon writes: "Recently, a well-read science blog, Retrospectacle posted an article on a scientific paper. This blog post reproduced a chart and a table from the original article and everything was fully attributed. When the publishers, the mega-science publishing house Wiley found out, they subsequently threatened legal action unless the chart and table were removed. Understandably, this whole mess has stirred up quite a storm of protest, with many people seeing this as falling under fair use, and calling for a boycott of Wiley & Wiley's journals."
Announcements

Submission + - EU approves new, stricter anti-piracy directive

A Pirate writes: "The European Parliament has voted for the new report submitted by Italian parliament member Nicola Zingaretti that criminalize even attempts to infringe on copyrights. Even if the new directive excludes end-users from the law it still criminalize sites like YouTube and practically all P2P services, even the developers of these services. The exceptions beside the end-users' personal use, includes studies and research. While the European Parliament apparently describes the new directive as a an attempt to harmonize the copyright laws of the European Countries others have been describing it as a lobby directive."

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