Thursday, January 21, 2010

Law Firms in the Baltic : Latvia Lithuania and Estonia

James Swift at The Lawyer in The Baltic triangle writes about law and pan-Baltic law firms in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He observes, inter alia, that:
"Rightly or wrongly, the Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - are viewed as one. With a combined population of less than seven million it is no surprise; and for investors, entering into one Baltic country is usually a prelude to entry into the others.

The effect of this has been that, over the past five years, law firms with ambition have increasingly felt pressure to align ­themselves with firms in neighbouring states to show the unity and reach that international investors expect."
Read the entire quite lengthy and informative article.

Religious Expression in American Public Life: A Joint Statement of Current Law

Beyond the shouting, what the law really says about religion
by Charles C. Haynes, First Amendment Center, January 20, 2010
"Because good news is all too rare in our culture wars, Americans should welcome a common-ground agreement released this week titled 'Religious Expression in American Public Life: A Joint Statement of Current Law.'

Drafted by a diverse group of religious-liberty advocates, educators and scholars, the document represents the first-ever consensus on how the law addresses the role of religion in the public square in the United States."

INTERVIEW - Microsoft top lawyer urges law to protect cloud | Technology | Reuters

INTERVIEW - Microsoft top lawyer urges law to protect cloud | Technology | Reuters

Bill Gates of Microsoft Uses Twitter Account to Unveil New Gates Notes Website

Jennifer Van Grove at Mashable gives us the scoop that:

Bill Gates Uses Twitter Account to Unveil New Website
"Now it appears that Bill Gates joined Twitter with calculated intentions. After passing 100,000 followers in eight hours (now he has nearly 250,000 fans), the Microsoft visionary used his now-popular account to announce a new web project: The Gates Notes."

Breakthrough in Nanotechnology in the Development of Super-Material Graphene : The Future of Electronics is Nanotech

Breakthrough in developing super-material graphene
"ScienceDaily (Jan. 19, 2010) — A collaborative research project has brought the world a step closer to producing a new material on which future nanotechnology could be based. Researchers across Europe, including the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL), have demonstrated how an incredible material, graphene, could hold the key to the future of high-speed electronics, such as micro-chips and touchscreen technology....

Graphene is a relatively new form of carbon made up of a single layer of atoms arranged in a honeycomb shaped lattice. Despite being one atom thick and chemically simple, graphene's is extremely strong and highly conductive, making it ideal for high-speed electronics, photonics and beyond.

Graphene is a strong candidate to replace semiconductor chips. Moore's Law observes that the density of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles every two years, but silicon and other existing transistor materials are thought to be close to the minimum size where they can remain effective. Graphene transistors can potentially run at faster speeds and cope with higher temperatures. Graphene could be the solution to ensuring computing technology to continue to grow in power whilst shrinking in size, extending the life of Moore's law by many years."
Read the full text of the article about this incredible new discovery for the future of electronics.

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