Tag: Inventions and Patents

Labradoodle Creator Says the Breed Is His Life’s Regret

The inventor of the labradoodle, the ubiquitous, mopheaded designer dog, said that creating the mixed breed was one of his life’s regrets. “I opened a Pandora box and released a Frankenstein monster,” the creator, Wally Conron, said on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s podcast “Sum of All Parts” last week. Mr. Conron, who has been credited […]

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A New Monopoly Game Celebrates Women, but What About the One Behind the Original?

There’s a new version of Monopoly coming, one that celebrates women by paying female players more than men. The game, Ms. Monopoly, is the first to feature a new character — an advocate for investing in female entrepreneurs — on its cover, according to a news release this week from Hasbro, the entertainment giant that […]

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LeBron James’s ‘Taco Tuesday’ Trademark Request Denied

“Taco Tuesday” got bad news on Wednesday. More specifically, the United States Patent and Trademark Office turned down the basketball superstar LeBron James’s attempt to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesday.” The patent office said that the phrase was “a commonplace term, message or expression widely used by a variety of sources that merely conveys an […]

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LeBron James, a Fan of Tacos, Seeks to Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’

It’s an undisputed fact that LeBron James loves tacos, especially on Tuesdays. And this Tuesday night, for seemingly the thousandth time, the millennial N.B.A. superstar went on Instagram and announced to his tens of millions of followers: “You know what it is! Taco Tuesdayyyyyy!” This is how he lets people know it is his family’s […]

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Peloton Is a Phenomenon. Can It Last?

As far as indoor cycling machines go, the $2,245 Peloton bike is nothing special. It has a sleek black and red frame. It has a big screen. It’s on Wi-Fi. But a combination of aspirational infomercials (“This … is fitness evolved.”) and streaming classes taught by glamorous instructors has led Peloton to sell 577,000 of […]

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‘Juul-alikes’ Are Filling Shelves With Sweet, Teen-Friendly Nicotine Flavors

The purveyors of Strawberry Milk, Peach Madness and Froopy (tastes like Froot Loops) e-cigarette pods are having a very good year. After Juul Labs, under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration, stopped selling most of its hugely popular flavored nicotine pods in stores last fall, upstart competitors swooped in to grab the shelf space. […]

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Someday, an Arm Implant May Prevent H.I.V. Infection for a Year

In what could eventually become a milestone for H.I.V. prevention, very preliminary tests of an implant containing a new drug suggest that it may protect against infection for a full year. The new implant, by the drug company Merck, was tested in just a dozen subjects for 12 weeks. But experts were quite excited at […]

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Sorry, You Won’t Be Hovering Over Paris Anytime Soon

Over the weekend, a video of a man gliding over Paris on a tiny platform offered the internet a bit of unifying delight. As President Emmanuel Macron of France applauded alongside other attendees at the Bastille Day parade, the man gracefully soared and dipped, clutching a rifle. Thousands on social media asked: Who was he? […]

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Sound, Fury and Prescription Drugs

Nothing typifies the failures of health care in the United States like prescription drugs. Americans pay more for their medications — including those developed in America, with taxpayer dollars — than residents of any other country in the world. So many patients are rationing or outright skipping essential medications that stories of people dying for […]

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Will Space-Age Houston Survive Into the Future?

A midcentury-modern house on the banks of languid Dickinson Bayou in Southeast Texas changed hands recently. While it could be mistaken for just another home, it is a place of outsize significance in aerospace history. In a small garage on West Bayou Drive, the space shuttle was born in secrecy 50 years ago. Today new […]

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Huawei Is Said to Demand Patent Fees From Verizon

President Trump’s dispute with China has landed on the doorstep of Verizon, with Huawei demanding that the American wireless giant pay licensing fees on hundreds of patents, according to two people briefed on the matter. Huawei, one of China’s largest technology companies and the world’s biggest supplier of networking equipment, accused Verizon in a letter […]

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