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The touching tale of Lulu, the CIA bomb school dropout.

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WASHINGTON — Let’s just get this out of the way: There are other matters of consequence going on in the world.

But in these fractious times, a series of puppy photos sent by none other than the fun-loving scamps at the Central Intelligence Agency qualifies as a feel-good, stick-it-to-the-man moment, shared by thousands of people who are marooned in office jobs. Meet Lulu, the black Labrador retriever and free spirit who bucked expectations and flunked out of the C.I.A.’s explosive detection “puppy class.”

Read Article:  https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/us/politics/cia-lulu-bomb-dog.html?referer=http://qwiket.com/context/channel/usleft/topic/lulu-the-dog-did-not-want-to-join-the-cia-and-thats-totally-fine

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General Law, legal career

Master Constitutional Law For a Successful Career

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“There are relatively few lawyers who just practice constitutional law however it is defined,” says Lawrence Friedman, a constitutional law professor at New England Law Boston. While some lawyers work for the American Civil Liberties Union and related organizations or for the Senate Judiciary Committee, he says for most, constitutional law is only one part of their job.

However, constitutional law has a vast array of applications in the legal profession, and mastering constitutional law through required and elective courses will help prospective attorneys learn skills that they will use throughout their careers. Here are some ways constitutional law influences lawyers as well as tips for choosing a strong constitutional law program.

Read Article:  https://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/articles/2017-09-14/master-constitutional-law-for-a-successful-legal-career

science, technology

A potential amazing new medical diagnostic tool powered by the user’s touch.

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A new medical-diagnostic device made out of paper detects biomarkers and identifies diseases by performing electrochemical analyses — powered only by the user’s touch — and reads out the color-coded test results, making it easy for non-experts to understand

Read Article:  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170822153617.htm

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California’s bullet train is likely to face more environmental hurdles after a high court ruling

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California’s high-speed train project is likely to continue to be buffeted by environmental challenges as a result of a decision by the state’s top court.

In a 6-1 ruling last week written by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the California Supreme Court decided that federal rail law does not usurp California’s tough environmental regulation for state-owned rail projects.

The decision has broad significance, lawyers in the case said.

Read Article:  http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-high-speed-rail-court-20170728-story.html

General Law, US Court of Appeals

`Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat’ gets U.S. court rebuke

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By Alan Levin | Bloomberg News

If you think the government should do something about the cramped legroom on airplanes, you’ve got a friend in a federal appeals court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., on Friday ordered aviation regulators to consider setting minimum standards for the space airlines give passengers.

“This is the Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat,” Judge Patricia Ann Millett wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel. “As many have no doubt noticed, aircraft seats and the spacing between them have been getting smaller and smaller, while American passengers have been growing in size.”

The court found in favor of Flyers Rights, a nonprofit advocacy group, which had argued that steadily shrinking legroom and seat size created a safety hazard and the Federal Aviation Administration should impose new restrictions.

Read Article:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/28/incredible-shrinking-airline-seat-gets-u-s-court-rebuke-2/

technology

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We see hundreds or even thousands of images a day, and almost all of them have been digitally manipulated in some way. Some have gotten basic color corrections or simple Instagram filter effects, while others have received full on Photoshop jobs to completely transform the subject. It turns out humans aren’t very good at recognizing when an image has been manipulated, even if the change is fairly substantial. Hany Farid is a professor of computer science at Dartmouth College who specializes in photo forensics, and while he can’t share all of his fancy software tools for detecting editing trickery, he has shared a few tips for authenticating images on your own.

Read Article:  http://www.popsci.com/use-photo-forensics-to-spot-faked-images