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SOPA, Agree or Not ?

Posted on 23 December 2011 by yizhan

In the U.S. – SOPA(Stop Online Piracy Act), aka H.R. 3261 is a bill right now in the House sponsored by R-TX Lamar Smith. It’s not just any bill though, a bill that could allow the USDOJ, RIAA, MPAA and anyone else who market for the entertainment industry to effectively censor the internet to suit their needs.

SOPA appeared to help the entertainment sector fight copyright infringement that charge nearly 200 billion dollars 12 months for entertainment companies. SOPA “Will create new causes of action against numerous internet sites for facilitating copyright laws or trademark infringement. ” (The Daily Animal: Internet Anti-Piracy Bill Would Cool off Free Expression) While this doesn’t sound that bad, as it would start to shield copyright holders more from his or her counterparts that pirate their operate, the bill takes a dubious step further.

SOPA allows copyright holders along with companies to actively pursue the pack up of a website without any defense through the site in question. This means that in a new matter of hours, a copyright that has been infringed upon by way of a user on a particular website might cause the copyright holders to act in a very fashion not usually used in politics in the us of America. If SOPA is passed, copyright holders could act inside following fashion: The holder complains to your department of justice, second the prosecutors go to your judge, and thirdly the judge finalizes the action plus the site is taken down.

Not during a single step on this very quick process is the web page being accused allowed to experience a say in the matter. This means that in a matter of hours following copyright holders discover their material with a website, the site can be removed without any room for debate for the site’s behalf. The United States Legal system have been an adversarial system for quite a lot of time. This means that one side gets its say inside matter, and then the other side gets their say inside matter, make their case, present evidence, and so on and consequently forth. But in the case of SOPA plus the actions copyright holders can get, they take an ex parte Course of action.

This means that a decision might be made by one judge with no requiring both parties that are going to complete the dispute to be found. This means that the judge gets biased information. The copyright holders could be both exaggerating information that creates the site look bad along with withholding information that works simply the site.

Agree or Not?

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NASA’s Kepler Mission to Find Earth’s Twin

Posted on 06 December 2011 by yizhan

Nasa’s Kepler spacecraft is built to review regions in the Milky way to look for the “fraction in the numerous immeasureable stars” in our universe which might be competent in accommodating human life. The mission has confirmed the discovery of the first planet that exist in a habitable zone. Kepler‘s mission also has discovered more than 1,000 new planet candidates, nearly doubling its known count. Ten of these candidates are near-Earth-size and orbit in the “habitable zone” of their host star. But this candidates require follow-up observations to verify if they are actually a planet.

Kepler 22b

Image From Nasa “Kepler 22b”


The newly confirmed planet was called Kepler-22b, is the smallest yet found to orbit in the middle of the habitable zone of a star similar to our sun. The planet is about 2.4 times the radius of our planet. Scientists have not comfirmed yet  if Kepler-22b has a predominantly rocky, gaseous or liquid composition, but its discovery is a step closer to finding Earth’s twin planets.

Kepler-22b is located 600 light-years away from us. While the planet is larger than Earth, that its orbit  290 days around a sun-like star smaller than our sun.

“This is a major milestone on the road to finding Earth’s twin,” said Douglas Hudgins, Kepler program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

“Fortune smiled upon us with the detection of this planet,” said William Borucki, Kepler’s principal investigator at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California.

Keplar Diagram

Image from Nasa ” Keplar 22b Diagram”

The Kepler science team employs ground-based telescopes as well as the Spitzer Space Telescope to evaluate findings on planet candidates that the spacecraft finds. The star field that Kepler observes within the constellations Cygnus and Lyra can only be noticed from ground-based observatories in early spring through early fall. The data from these kinds of findings helped them figure out which candidates can be confirmed as planets.

The Kepler team is organizing its inaugural science conference at Ames Dec. 5-9, announcing 1,094 new planet candidate discoveries. Since the last catalog was introduced in February, the number of planet candidates determined by Kepler has increased by 89% and now with a total of  2,326.  Worth mentioning, 207 are just about Earth-size, 680 are super Earth-size, 1,181 are Neptune-size, 203 are Jupiter-size and 55 are larger than Jupiter.

So… What do you think is the meaning of this??





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