By the Corporations, For the Corporations: Scott Pruitt Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide

Emma Fusco The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, and made one of his first formal actions as the nation’s top environmental official this past Wednesday.  About a decade ago, two environmental groups asked the agency to ban all uses of an insecticide called clorphyrifos.   After being banned in 200 for … Continue reading By the Corporations, For the Corporations: Scott Pruitt Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide

Snap Aims for Valuation of More Than $20 Billion IPO

Xiang Qi The company, Snap Inc., disclosed on Thursday that it expected to be valued at as much as $22.2 billion in the sale. Snap would be worth $20.9 billion at the midpoint of the offering’s range of $14 to $16 per share. The final pricing of the new shares as well as the company’s … Continue reading Snap Aims for Valuation of More Than $20 Billion IPO

Laches Defense in Patent Cases

Justin Farooq The United States Supreme Court ruled last week that patent owners may not use the doctrine of laches, meaning that they may not assert that defendants slept too long on their rights as a defense to lawsuits filed within the Patent Act’s six-year statute of limitations.[1]  The high court stated that allowing defendants … Continue reading Laches Defense in Patent Cases

Protection of Trademarks: The Overprotective Parents

Annie Millar Part of protecting a trademark involves monitoring potential infringing trademarks on the market, which often involves attorneys drafting cease and desist letters. On occasion, these trademark holders go above and beyond, sending aggressive letters in an attempt to protect a trademark. The result is comedic stories that are passed along the internet. Back … Continue reading Protection of Trademarks: The Overprotective Parents

Scientists are Making Headway in the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Cecilia Santostefano Nilotinib was created to treat one of the dozens of types of leukemia, but doctors are hopeful that it will slow down the progression of two diseases of the brain.[1] Currently, there is no treatment that can delay or stop the neurodegenerative diseases known as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.[2] The term “neurodegeneration” refers to … Continue reading Scientists are Making Headway in the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Cryonics: A solution to ensure survival of human tissue, or a feeble-dream of fantasy

Thomas Carlon Throughout much of Hollywood, cryopreservation has been depicted as “deep-freezing” whole human bodies in cyrochambers, only to be easily awoken moments after the chamber has been opened. At what point is this just fantasy as compared to real-life. In today’s standards cryopreservation holds a pivotal role in preserving human tissue – such as … Continue reading Cryonics: A solution to ensure survival of human tissue, or a feeble-dream of fantasy

The Rush to Save Dark Data

Emma Fusco The Trump administration has made clear the disdain for evidence that shows how human activity is affecting the planet.  The administration is now proposing hefty budget cuts for government agencies including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environment Protection Agency.  Fear is now buzzing among researchers that government data will be … Continue reading The Rush to Save Dark Data

WikiLeaks Seeks to Work With Companies in Wake of CIA Data Leak

Aiden Scott After the disclosure of over 8,000 documents which “demonstrate vulnerabilities in smartphones, televisions,and software” identified by the CIA Jullian Assange has announced that he wants to work with companies to close these vulnerabilities in their technology. If the release by WikiLeaks was legitimate, then it would reveal that the CIA “has the ability … Continue reading WikiLeaks Seeks to Work With Companies in Wake of CIA Data Leak

Life Beyond Earth: Is interstellar space travel to TRAPPIST-1 possible?

Thomas Carlon In humans’ search for extraterrestrial life, we often find ourselves wondering if human life could exist elsewhere in the universe. Over the years, nearly 3,500 planets have been discovered orbiting stars in the universe, however, none have been quite as publicized as the TRAPPIST-1 solar system.[1] The discovery of TRAPPIST-1 could ignite new … Continue reading Life Beyond Earth: Is interstellar space travel to TRAPPIST-1 possible?

EPA to pull back on fuel-efficiency standards for cars, trucks in future model years

Gurshamsheer Kailey The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) intends to withdraw final determination on strict fuel-efficiency standards for future cars and light trucks. Standards for model year 2022 to 2025 would require 54.5 miles per gallon average for the cars and light truck fleet. EPA though agreed to review the 2022-2025 standards, decided against it and … Continue reading EPA to pull back on fuel-efficiency standards for cars, trucks in future model years