Sykes is among those who prefer a simple and inclusive definition of planet status: if an object is big enough for its own gravity to squeeze it into a rounded shape, then call it a planet. That would make a planet of Pluto again, as well as Ceres and a growing number of other bodies [...]
Archive for July, 2009
Source: Bob Thaves, Where Does the Time Go?, Frank & Ernest (July 18, 2009).
A new web comic featuring Ada, Countess of Lovelace and Charles Babbage:
Lovelace and Babbage vs. the Economy: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
Babbage and Lovelace vs. The Client: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
Update (July 14, 2009):
In honor of scientist and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), the discovering team around Professor Sigurd Hofmann suggested the name “copernicium” with the element symbol “Cp” for the new element 112, discovered at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum fÃ¼r Schwerionenforschung (Center for Heavy Ion Research) in Darmstadt.
The IUPAC/IUPAP JWP performed a critical review of [...]
Wiesmueller v. Kosobucki — The 7th Circuit allowed a Commerce Clause challenge to Wisconsin’s law automatically admitting graduates of Wisconsin law schools to the Wisconsin Bar to proceed. [PDF]
Mills v. Dist. of Columbia — The D.C. Circuit allowed a 4th Amendment challenge to a Washington D.C. “neighborhood safety zone” police checkpoint program to proceed because [...]
Source: Darby Conley, The Proverbial Philosophical Smack-Down, Get Fuzzy (July 10, 2009).
Day Casebeer merged with Howrey effective today, so I’m now working for Howrey:
Howrey LLP and Day Casebeer Madrid and Batchelder LLP will combine effective today, July 1, to form one of the nation’s most multifaceted and largest IP practices.
Source: Howrey Press Releases, Howrey and Day Casebeer Combine (July 1, 2009).