NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

The picture was taken on July 10. Juno was 2.7 million miles from Jupiter at the time. The color image shows some of the atmospheric features of the planet, including the giant red spot. You can also see three of Jupiter's moons in the picture: Io, Europa and Ganymede.

The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

My husband and I once took great pleasure in preparing meals from scratch. We made pizza dough and sauce. We baked bread. We churned ice cream.

Then we became parents.

Now there are some weeks when pre-chopped veggies and a rotisserie chicken are the only things between us and five nights of Chipotle.

Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she disparaged him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb political statements" about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.


Can You Get A Patent On Being A Patent Troll?

Aug 2, 2012
Originally published on August 2, 2012 3:34 pm

The patent wars have been heating up. Apple and Samsung are duking it out in California. On Tuesday, Jacob wrote about how judges are getting fed up and throwing around words like "silly," "arrogant" and "ridiculous." And there's increasing concern that "patent trolls" — companies that do little more than sue over patents they've bought — are targeting smaller companies and stifling innovation.

It turns out, a couple giant companies — IBM and Halliburton — have been working for years to patent what patent trolls do.

Here's part of the description from IBM's application:

"A system and methods for extracting value from a portfolio of assets, for example a patent portfolio, are described. By granting floating privileges described herein, a portfolio owner can extend an opportunity for obtaining an interest in selected assets from the portfolio to a client who lacks the resources to accumulate and maintain such a portfolio, in return for an annuity stream to the portfolio owner."

That sure looks like patent-ese for accumulating a bunch of patents and charging other companies money to use them.

Here's some of Halliburton's application, which explicitly alludes to litigation:

"The methods sometimes include offering a license of the patent property to the second party after the patent property issues as a patent with the claim. The methods sometimes include asserting infringement of the claim by the second party after the patent property issues as a patent with the claim. The methods sometimes include negotiating a cross-license with the second party based on the assertion of infringement ..."

The records show that Halliburton filed its application on April 27, 2007 — a little more than three weeks after IBM's April 3, 2007 filing.

In fact, it turns out IBM has filed a number of patent applications that could be read as covering what patent trolls do. In early 2011, ConceivablyTech wrote about another IBM application, followed by others, including TechDirt and Slate.

IBM told Slate that its application is "not really about other patents" but rather a "component business model for managing patents and leveraging patents." Halliburton didn't immediately have any comment when we called this morning. (But see update below.)

Whatever the intent, if either or both company succeeds, they could sue patent trolls for infringing their patents for patent trolling. Unless, of course, they wind up suing each other.

Small wonder, really, that Judge Richard Posner — the famously sharp-tongued judge who dismissed Apple's "zero-length swipe" argument as "silly" — told Reuters recently that patents may no longer serve their purpose, at least in software and other industries that benefit from rapid and low-cost innovation. "It's not clear that we really need patents in most industries," Posner said.

Bonus: has an amusing list of crazy patents (which is where we learned about Halliburton's application).

Update: A Halliburton spokeswoman just wrote back, saying the company "has no intention of applying the technique offensively. Rather," she continues, "Halliburton intends to use any patent that may issue from this application defensively to discourage entities that engage in such tactics."

Also, in the comments below, Peter H helpfully notes that one of the IBM patents is running to stiff headwinds with the U.S. Patent Office. He writes: "This case has been very extensively argued, and I think IBM's chances on appeal don't look great..."

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