In the News: The US Supreme Court is going to hear oral arguments today in the design patent case, Apple v. Samsung. The case involved a dispute about design patents for black, rectangular-shaped phones with a grid of 16 colorful icons on the face. Apple wants all the profits Samsung made from the infringing products. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has named this patent the Stupid Design Patent of the Month. About this photo: Supreme Court building taken from the visitor's viewing area at the top of the United States Capitol building. Photo credit: Philosophicalswag / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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Haitians Urge Donors to Avoid Red Cross (Russ)

A history of waste and mismanagement is coming home to roost for the relief giant.

Australian Professor Who ‘Saved the World’ Has Died (Trevin)

Jimmy Carter wrote in a recent book that Professor Desmond Ball’s “counsel and cautionary advice based on deep research made a great difference to our collective goal of avoiding nuclear war.” Despite battling cancer, Ball continued his 20-year support for the oppressed people of Burma.

Russia Reads US Bluster as Sign of War (Jeff C.)

US politicians and pundits are talking tough about Russia and demonizing President Putin. Meanwhile, they are missing signs that Moscow isn’t amused and is preparing for actual conflict.

Nonprofits Bought off by Coke, Pepsi (Russ)

Report shows some reversed themselves or opposed action on public health issues after taking cash from big soda companies.

Future Cure for People with Spinal Cord Injuries? (Milicent)

German scientists have figured out which genes — in mice, so far — can be manipulated to reactivate growth of severed nerve fibers.