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Scientists in Japan have created a microscopically thin film that can coat individual teeth to prevent decay or to make them appear whiter, the chief researcher said.
The “tooth patch” is a hard-wearing and ultra-flexible material made from hydroxyapatite, the main mineral in tooth enamel, that could also mean an end to sensitive teeth.
“This is the world’s first flexible apatite sheet, which we hope to use to protect teeth or repair damaged enamel,” said Shigeki Hontsu, professor at Kinki University’s Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology in western Japan.
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Technically, there is no such thing as a “provisional patent.” The patent law provides for a “provisional application,” which isn’t subject to some of the formal requirements for a regular patent application. A provisional application, however, is not intended to, itself, provide any enforceable rights.
It is not examined by the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and is automatically abandoned 12 months after filing. It does not itself ever mature into a patent. For a patent to issue on the subject matter described in the provisional, a regular application claiming priority on the provisional application must be filed within a year of the provisional. And the provisional application must include adequate “support” for the claims of the regular application. In addition, any corresponding foreign applications must be filed within that one-year period.
Michael Lechter is author of Protecting Your #1 Asset : Creating Fortunes from Your Ideas : An Intellectual Property Handbook.
If you enjoyed my previous post, Washington Makes You Dirtier, you’ll love a book from Jeffrey Tucker called Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo. The book is about how the government makes everything it touches worse. Its pervasive interventions in every sector affect the functioning of society in so many ways that we just adapt. Tucker proposes another path: see how government has distorted daily life, rethink how things would work without the state, and fight against the intervention in every way that is permitted.
The book is also available completely free to download as a PDF.
The following is an excerpt from the introduction to Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo by Jeffrey Tucker.
The title of this book is drawn from one of those defining moments in life in which a small phrase shatters the social-cultural convention and reveals completely new possibilities. I tell the story herein in the essay on morning drinking.
A great scholar and Southern gentlemen-a man who has written the ultimate guidebook to the writing of the King James version of the Gospels-invited me for an early breakfast, 7:00 a.m. and then offered me coffee.
I said, “yes, thank you.”
He then added: “would you like bourbon in that coffee?”
What is revealed in that sentence and the shock it elicited? We believe, for whatever reason, that drinking hard liquor in the morning is unseemly, contrary to social norms, something to hide, a habit of the lower classes that is dangerous or even evil.
But are any of these assumptions true? A new form of prohibitionism has swept the country, imposed on us by our government masters and their cultural backers, even as alcohol consumption rises and rises. Evidently, we live two realities: the one the government imposes on us and the one we adopt in our real lives.
What struck me about this man’s phrase was how it presumed that he and I were among the rebels against the prevailing ethos-that together we would reject the government’s edicts and create our own norms and reality. This is a wonderful model for living a full life. This book is about seeing that just because government mandates certain things and forbids others does not mean that we must follow or even tolerate the official roadmap for our lives.
The seed of truth to the morning-drinking taboo is that doing this every morning would contribute to a less productive life. But on the weekends or when it is not necessary to be at your sober best, or when you are celebrating some special guest, there is surely nothing wrong here.
In any case, there must be some lost aristocratic tradition of adding a splash, else this highly cultivated, highly educated and scholarly Southern gentleman would not have suggested it. In doing so, he was revealing some lost history with a sense of freedom and possibility. To contemplate the suggestion is to imagine a world that does not exist, one that breaks from the status quo and plays with the pluses and minuses of adopting a new way of living.
Most of the essays in this book do just this. They imagine radical new possibilities of living outside the status quo. Or perhaps we should say “statist” quo because it is the state that is responsible for shaping our world, in brazen ways and also subtle ones that we do not fully realize.
Examples from the book include how and why the “hot” water in our homes became lukewarm and what can be done about it, how our toilets stopped working properly because of legislation that reduced toilet-tank size, how traffic-law enforcement became a racket for extracting wealth from the population to feed the overlords, how copyright and patent legislation is depriving us of cultural and technological innovation, and how politicians who we think are protecting us are really just taking away our own rights to protect ourselves.
To see the costs of statism is to see what Frederic Bastiat called the “unseen.” It is about imagining the existence of some possibility that the state has forbidden from existing, playing with that possibility in your mind, and then acting on what has previously been an abstraction and making it a reality. Art helps us accomplish this mental feat, which is why many of these essays deal with literature, movies, culture, and the arts.
But seeing what is wrong with the world-Chesterton’s phrase-is only the beginning. Finding the solution, the workaround, is the next necessary step. I try not to highlight problems without also offering a solution of sorts, simply because there is nothing productive or enlightening about despair. Hope comes from imaging a better future that does not yet exist.
Most of the essays in here deal with what are often considered trivial or light topics. But the trivial is quite often very serious, while what we think is serious is often quite trivial, as I try to show. At the same time, I deal with topics that libertarians of my stripe don’t often write about, like the ghastly reality of jail (yes, the article is autobiographical) and the problems connected with intellectual property. I make no apology for the fact that the topics are all over the map. Maybe that will make this book more interesting.
It sounds like the setup to a bad joke: Two men drive a truck crammed full of skivvies across the country. But Got Ginch, Brent King’s cheeky charity campaign, isn’t just for laughs – it’s fulfilling a desperate need at homeless shelters coast to coast. A successful biomedical entrepreneur who invented the Spider, a surgical limb positioner used in hospitals worldwide, Mr. King, 43, could have signed a cheque and gone to play golf. But in September, he and Robb Price, founder of charitable-giving website DeliverGood.org, drove 75 hours over 11 days from Vancouver to Halifax, dropping off a total of 35,000 pairs of men’s underwear at shelters in 10 cities (the overwhelming preference: tighty-whities).
What keeps you going?
“On the road, it was hard to go three days without a shower, and then look fresh for an interview. It put us a little in touch with what homeless people go through.”
“I used to think homelessness resulted from bad decisions. I realized that most of the time, it’s circumstance. How do you get a job if you don’t have an address or a phone number?”
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den.m bar is a custom blue jean shop in Los Angeles, California. They have turned jean buying into a premium customer experience with a user-friendly online shop that walks the customer through the process of creating their own pair of custom jeans from start to finish. Starting with fabric selection, customers can choose not only the type of denim they prefer, but also the style, color, and any additional accessories. Then, an experienced tailor crafts the custom jeans to the exact specifications of the customer. Unfortunately, the process isn’t fast. Each pair of denim usually takes 3 to 4 weeks to complete and starts at about $300.
I recently had a opportunity to speak to Derek Yip, one of the cofounders.
How’d you guys get into this business?
Richard, one of the cofounders, always had the idea but never really got to actually doing till he saw a inspirational article that was done on 3×1. After reading it and realizing that there was nothing like that in the Los Angeles area, he put together a fantastic team to try and do something similar.
What’s your background?
My background is in business marketing and I’ve been in the corporate world ever since college. What I do at den.m bar ranges from marketing, business development, store operations, and many others. Being that our team is relatively small, we all have to wear many hats as I’m sure you know. There are 3 other partners and 3 other employees in our company.
Sounds like an exciting place to be. I look forward to seeing how your business grows.
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