As protesters in the Middle East use social media to organize and communicate, the regimes they're battling are using sophisticated technology to intercept their emails, text messages and cellphone calls.
On Wednesday's Fresh Air, journalist Ben Elgin talks about a Bloomberg News series, "Wired for Repression," which details how Western companies are selling surveillance technology to regimes including Iran, Syria, Bahrain and Tunisia.
New Wyoming fishing regulations take effect beginning in January. Wyoming anglers generally will be allowed to keep six trout of any size in lakes and rivers around the state but will only be allowed to keep three trout from a river or stream, with only one of the three trout being over 16 inches. There will be exceptions to the general limit in certain waters around the state. The new regulation will allow anglers to keep up to 16 brook trout of any size. The old regulation specified only six brook trout could be over 8 inches.
As the Bureau of Land Management begins to offer greater protections for Sage Grouse, those in the conservation community are welcoming the news. Steve Holmer with the American Bird Conservancy says with the Sage Grouse listed as a candidate for Endangered Species Act Protection the new approach is overdue.
Holmer-"You know, I think to their credit, BLM is trying to get ahead of this issue. We’re pleased to see the BLM adopt this strategy – they’re on the right track."
The U.S. Geological Survey has published a study examining the current and projected carbon storage in the Great Plains region, including Northeastern Wyoming.
Carbon dioxide is the most common greenhouse gas in Earth’s atmosphere. The study found that the region to be a “carbon sink,” meaning the trees, grasses and soils absorb more carbon dioxide than the area emits into the atmosphere. For now. Jonathan Smith of the U-S-G-S says that could change if people are not careful.
Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 10:48 am
A Dutch architectural firm says its designers didn't see the resemblance.
But many, many others certainly do think the two buildings — linked by a "cloud" of skybridges — that MVRDV has proposed for a project in Seoul look very much like the haunting images of the World Trade Center's twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, after they were hit by high-jacked passenger planes.
Getting the procedure paid for is another matter, since many insurers and employers are still wary of covering it for children. The surgery costs upwards of $20,000, and it's still being evaluated to determine which adolescents would benefit most from it.
Yugoslav army experts check the wreckage of a downed American F-117 aircraft in the village of Budjanovci on March 28, 1999. Some experts say technology in China's J-20 fighter may have come from this F-117.
China has denied reports that Pakistan allowed it to examine the wreckage of this specially modified U.S. Black Hawk helicopter that malfunctioned during the May 2, 2011, raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Iranian officials have crowed they are mining "priceless technological information" from a CIA spy drone that went down days ago inside Iran's borders, broadcasting triumphant images of what they said was the craft on state TV.
But many experts say the loss of the RQ-170 Sentinel drone — like the U-2 spy plane shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960 — may have more value as propaganda than as a treasure trove of technological secrets.