Science Fiction's Verdict on Patents? Guilty.

Is it the beginning of the end for the patent system? Last week, a US Court of Appeals decision eliminated most patents on business methods and software, but some still feel that the very system meant to reward inventors is stifling innovation. Many a scifi plot has hinged on who owns a particular technology, and it… » 11/01/08 12:30pm 11/01/08 12:30pm

Indian Court Accepts Brain Scans as Evidence of Murder

When 24 year-old Aditi Sharma was tried for the murder of her former fiance, her brain was the chief witness for the prosecution. Sharma had submitted to the highly controversial Brain Electrical Oscillations Signature test (BEOS), now employed by prosecutors in the Indian states of Maharashta and Gujarat. Going… » 9/15/08 12:15pm 9/15/08 12:15pm