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    The Right to Challenge the Accuracy of Breath Test Results Under Alaska Law

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    Section 28.90.020 of the Alaska Statutes provides that in prosecutions for drunk driving, if an offense described under this title requires that a chemical test of a person\u27s breath produce a particular result, and the chemical test is administered by a properly calibrated instrument approved by the Department of Public Safety, the result described by statute is not affected by the instrument\u27s working tolerance. This provision appears to prohibit the defense from calling into question the accuracy of a breath test by introducing evidence of uncertainty inherent in the testing procedure. The statute is problematic because due process requires that defendants be permitted to challenge the evidence presented against them. Moreover, there is a strong argument that basing conviction on a single breath sample that is within a known margin of error is a per se violation of due process, as it bases guilt or innocence on a purely fortuitous result. This Article examines the issues with Alaska\u27s statute and proposes using multiple breath tests as a simple, cost-effective solution to this potential abuse of due process

    The Ethics of Mandatory HIV Testing of All Pregnant Women

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    An Enactive Theory of Need Satisfaction

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    In this paper, based on the predictive processing approach to cognition, an enactive theory of need satisfaction is discussed. The theory can be seen as a first step towards a computational cognitive model of need satisfaction

    On Optimal Frame Conditioners

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    A (unit norm) frame is scalable if its vectors can be rescaled so as to result into a tight frame. Tight frames can be considered optimally conditioned because the condition number of their frame operators is unity. In this paper we reformulate the scalability problem as a convex optimization question. In particular, we present examples of various formulations of the problem along with numerical results obtained by using our methods on randomly generated frames.Comment: 11 page
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