Nights of the stars 2015

Apparent movements of stars around Polaris
Apparent movements of stars around Polaris – by Steve Ryan under licence CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

From August 7 to 9, these are the Nights of the Stars. This August, several interesting phenomena will be observable. It takes place during a year rich in astronomical events, including Rosetta and New Horizons missions.

If you are in France, the French Association for Astronomy offers a list of events that take place this weekend in the territory. If you are in France these days, do not hesitate!

Epilogue concerning the law on intelligence

On Thursday, July 23, 2015, the French Constitutional Council endorsed the major parts of the law on intelligence. It also has considered the part concerning intelligence on the Internet of the military planning law adequate for the protection of privacy. Yet, few hours earlier, the un Committee for the Human Rights had expressed concerns about the law on intelligence.

Three articles were censored, but the majority of the new law is validated. In particular, the black boxes have been validated, despite the questions they raise.

Here is the epilogue to a subject repeatedly discussed in this blog. That said, a future law can always improve balances in the law. Hopefully this will be the case, based on a rigorous examination of the consequences of this law.