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Democrats Have Turned The Amicus Curiae Brief Legal Tool Into A Declaration Of War

Aug 26 2019 - 16:08

Legal briefs, in even the most high profile cases, rarely make headlines. They are technical documents intended to persuade judges in a case about particular points of law.

In American law schools, students now take courses to help them master the arcane genre of brief writing. Their persuasiveness depends on carefully marshaling legal precedents and complex, factual arguments. As a result, they seldom interest anyone outside the legal community.

On Aug. 12, we witnessed a rare exception.

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'Good Enough For France' - Are American Standards For Kidney Transplants Just Too High?

Aug 26 2019 - 14:08
A new study finds that French transplant centers would have transplanted about 17,500 kidneys from nearly 28,000 deceased-donor kidneys discarded in the United States between 2004 and 2014.

If American standards are simply too high, and not instead that French patients have higher future risk, then many of the 90,000 Americans awaiting a kidney transplant could reap major benefits from the more lax standard in Europe.

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PSR B0540-69 : Why The Pulsar Wind Nebula Is Brightening

Aug 26 2019 - 14:08
The pulsar wind nebula surrounding pulsar B0540-69 has brightened gradually and astrophysicists say that is because  the pulsar experienced a sudden spin-down rate transition.

But why? The answer may lie in the mysterious magnetic field structure of the pulsar.

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In Science 'Everything Not Forbidden Is Compulsory'

Aug 26 2019 - 14:08
In science, the saying goes, if it can happen in nature it will. 

This Totalitarian Principle expressed by Nobel laureate Murray Gell-Mann actually originated with Plato. Nothing new there, what is interesting in a recent article by by Tom Siegfried in Science News is that Gell-Mann doesn't seem to have been inspired by T.H. White of "The Sword In The Stone" fame.

White did have statement in the 1958 edition of "The Once and Future King" compilation but not in the prior books leading back to 1938. Gell-Mann had placed it in a strong nuclear force paper in 1956.

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Red Bull Settles Lawsuit By Canadians Who Thought It Would Literally Give Them Wings

Aug 26 2019 - 13:08

Red Bull GmbH has agreed to pay $640,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by lawyers for Canadian energy drinkers who insist they bought a can of Red Bull in the last 12 years thinking that Red Bull would literally give them wings.

Decisions like this are why states are creating truth in labeling laws for broccoli that wants to claim to be rice and plant juice that claims to be milk. While the companies argue no one is fooled by such marketing, and governments argue that if no one believes it the companies shouldn't lie, this settlement shows again it is lawyers who will win at the end.

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The Plot Of The Week - Loads Of Higgs Bosons

Aug 26 2019 - 11:08
I am presently spending a few days in the pleasant island of Crete, in the middle of the Mediterranean, where I am attending the eight edition of the "International Conference on New Frontiers in Physics". Crete is a gorgeous island at the crossroads of three continents, and because of its location it is brimming with relics of ancient to less ancient history. Anyway, this post is rather about physics, so let me go back there. 

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The Secret Ingredient In Whole Foods Organic Apple Cookies Is Eggs, So They've Been Recalled

Aug 26 2019 - 11:08
Federal law requires known allergens such as eggs, peanuts and other ingredients to be declared on food labels. Even if they are organic apple cookies from Whole Foods. So frosted “Decorated Red Apple Cookies” have been recalled due to unlabeled allergens, in this case eggs.

The company removed the product from stores in in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada.

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Where To Find Space Dust From An Ancient Supernova On Earth

Aug 26 2019 - 10:08
Scientists have found iron-60 with interstellar origins in Antarctica, likely a distant supernova that occurred millions of years ago. 

The samples came from 1,100 pounds of snow gathered from Antarctica where the high altitude of the sample kept it free of dust contamination. The snow was melted in a German lab and analyzed with an accelerator mass spectrometer, where the rare nuclear iron-60 isotope was detected.

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Aesthetics and FCC Bullying Are Fine Reasons To Say 'No' to 5G, But Health Claims Are Bogus

Aug 24 2019 - 11:08
Though trial lawyers and the environmental groups that stand to benefit financially from more lawsuits are lined up to sue over 5G wireless using shoddy epidemiological massaging, it's a blatant lie to claim non-ionizing radiation is causing brain cancer.

Not "unproven" or other terms that coddle activists who trade in disinformation, it's a lie.

But aesthetics and a distaste for FCC bullying are fine reasons to object. Net neutrality is not the first time the FCC engaged in the kind of 'we are the government' tactics the IRS and the US Post Office engage in, anyone who tried to create a low power radio station and got threatened with jail knows it's a common tactic.

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