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May 30, 2007 Which ISPs Are Spying on You?

QUOTE: Wired News, with help from some readers, attempted to get real answers from the largest United States-based ISPs about what information they gather on their customers' use of the internet, and how long they retain records like IP addresses, e-mail and real-time browsing activity. Most importantly, we asked what they require from law-enforcement agencies before coughing up the data, and whether they sell your data to marketers

Wired
May 23, 2007 Hack My Son's Computer, Please

QUOTE: Can an elderly father give police permission to search a password-protected computer kept in his adult son's bedroom, without probable cause or a warrant? In April, a three judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals said yes. This week, the son's attorney ... will ask the court to reconsider the panel's ruling.

Wired
May 17, 2007 State's highest court tosses 2 stem-cell suits: Agency Vows To Act Quickly To Issue Bonds For Research

QUOTE: The California Supreme Court on Wednesday removed the last legal impediment blocking financing for the state's $3 billion stem-cell institute when it refused to review two lawsuits challenging the institute's constitutionality .... The 2005 suits - backed by the California Family Bioethics Council, People's Advocate and the National Tax Limitation Foundation - had claimed the institute lacks adequate state supervision and is riddled with conflicts of interest.

San Jose Mercury News
May 15, 2007 States Fault MySpace on Predator Issues

QUOTE: Some of the country’s top law enforcement officials are charging that the online social network MySpace has discovered thousands of known sex offenders using its service, but has failed to act on the information.

New York Times
Apr 17, 2007 No-Fishing Zones in Tropics Yield Fast Payoffs for Reefs

QUOTE: Today, Palau, a tiny island state 600 miles east of the Philippines that is internationally known as a site for recreational diving, is at the forefront of a worldwide movement to ban fishing in key reefs to allow the return of prized species. It now protects a patchwork of reefs and lagoon waters amounting to 460 square miles.

New York Times
Apr 01, 2007 Poor Nations to Bear Brunt as World Warms

QUOTE: But despite longstanding treaty commitments to help poor countries deal with warming, these industrial powers are spending just tens of millions of dollars on ways to limit climate and coastal hazards in the world’s most vulnerable regions — most of them close to the equator and overwhelmingly poor.

New York Times
Apr 01, 2007 Morality: All In Your Mind

QUOTE: QUOTE"Right now, we're discovering the seat of morality," warns NIO Director Zack Lynch. "In 10 to 15 years, we'll have the technologies to manipulate it." But there's the other catch: Once technology manipulates ethics, ethics can no longer judge technology.

Washington Post
Mar 29, 2007 Scientists weigh risks of climate 'techno-fixes': Schemes from space mirrors to vast algal blooms have sparked debate over the ethics of geoengineering.

QUOTE: Proposals run the gamut from space mirrors deflecting a portion of the sun's energy to promoting vast marine algal blooms to suck carbon out of the atmosphere. The schemes have sparked a debate over the ethics of climate manipulation, especially when the uncertainties are vast and the stakes so high. For many scientists, the technology is less an issue than the decisionmaking process that may lead to its implementation.

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 29, 2007 Report Says Interior Official Overrode Work of Scientists

QUOTE: In recent years, agency lawyers reported, 75 percent of the Western offices’ findings on endangered-species status reviews and critical-habitat determinations were sent to Washington without any assurance from career lawyers and biologists that they were valid. Court challenges from both industry and environmentalists are a regular occurrence at the fish and wildlife agency. Making decisions that are vulnerable increases the risk that time-consuming, labor-intensive scientific and regulatory work must be redone

New York Times
Feb 21, 2007 EC Wants to Free Mobile and TV Spectrum: Proposed changes would mean the removal of regulations on certain bands and an end to "single-use" spectrum

QUOTE: Reding said the regulatory environment will begin to loosen up but added spectrum hunters might be in for a long wait. "We seek to provide new opportunities for industry through less restrictive regulatory conditions that strengthen competition and increase consumer choice. However, this is a gradual process which will not happen overnight," she said in a statement.

BusinessWeek
Feb 18, 2007 New Weapon in Web War Over Piracy

QUOTE: The new technological weapon is content-recognition software, which makes it possible to identify copyrighted material, even, for example, from blurry video clips. The technology could address what the entertainment industry sees as one of its biggest problems — songs and videos being posted on the Web without permission.

New York Times
Feb 17, 2007 The future of heat-beaming weapons.

QUOTE: That's the metaphysical gap nonlethal energy weapons exploit. The rain of pain falls mainly in the brain. The long-range acoustic device, for instance, "can target narrow sound beams at excruciating decibel levels, but below the threshold of hearing damage," according to a military account of a presentation by its project manager. Four months ago, Congress passed and President Bush signed legislation to prosecute torture, defined as intentional infliction of "serious physical or mental pain or suffering." But that rule applies only in captivity. On the street, pain administration won't be a crime. It'll be a policy.

Slate
Feb 15, 2007 Time to Face the Music on File Sharing

QUOTE: Customers might not like the idea of technology that allows some uses of music (like copying iTunes downloads to their iPods) but forbids others (like copying the same song to another kind of music player). But until recently, it didn't seem to bother the executives behind these anti-piracy systems.

Washington Post
Jan 25, 2007 PR's 'pit bull' takes on open access: Journal publishers lock horns with free-information movement.

QUOTE: a group of big scientific publishers has hired the pit bull [Eric Dezenhall--Ed.] to take on the free-information movement, which campaigns for scientific results to be made freely available. Some traditional journals, which depend on subscription charges, say that open-access journals and public databases of scientific papers such as the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) PubMed Central, threaten their livelihoods.

Nature
Sep 18, 2006 Institutions Hinder Female Academics, Panel Says

QUOTE: Women in science and engineering are hindered not by lack of ability but by bias and “outmoded institutional structures” in academia....report recommends that universities alter procedures for hiring and evaluation, change typical timetables for tenure and promotion, and provide more support for working parents.

New York Times
Sep 15, 2006 US to cut funds for two renewable energy sources

QUOTE: The US Department of Energy (DOE) is quitting the hydropower and geothermal power research business - if Congress will let it...Indeed, the costs of lost opportunities from dropping such research could be enormous in the long run, recent federal studies suggest.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 03, 2006 Screening Tools Slow to Arrive in U.S. Airports

QUOTE: federal government has been unable to move bomb-detection technologies from the laboratory to the airport successfully...Members of Congress and former domestic security officials blame poor management for stumbles in research, turf fights, staff turnover and underfinancing. Some initiatives have also faced opposition from the airlines or been slowed by bureaucratic snarls.

New York Times
Sep 03, 2006 Economic View: The State of Research Isn’t All That Grand

QUOTE: After several years of spending a bit more on research and development, the federal government is cutting back in some areas, after adjusting for inflation. While the government will continue to spend more on developing weapons systems and spacecraft, overall government investment in basic and applied research — the foundation of the nation’s innovative capacity — is in some ways shrinking.

New York Times
Sep 02, 2006 Clarification Issued on Stem Cell Work

QUOTE: The scientific journal Nature has corrected a press release and is considering whether to add further information to an article published last week reporting that human embryonic stem cells could be generated without destroying an embryo. The article has political consequences because destruction of embryos, which is unavoidable with present methods, is the main stated objection of many who oppose embryonic stem cell research.

New York Times
Sep 02, 2006 Tumult Among NASA Advisers

QUOTE: Mr. Griffin has done away with a longstanding advisory structure in which panels of scientists fed their suggestions directly to administrators responsible for research programs...What the public needs from all this is some assurance that once the passions have subsided, Mr. Griffin will look closely at whether he is losing anything valuable through his streamlining of the advisory structure.

New York Times
Sep 02, 2006 A Victory for the National Parks

QUOTE: But under this administration, when science and politics conflict, science loses. For the parks to survive in good health for another century, it will take more than a presidential challenge. It will take solid financing and rational leadership.

New York Times
Sep 01, 2006 Safety Last

QUOTE: While we as consumers might wonder why vendors are selling batteries intended to go in pockets and briefcases that have greater energy storage density than dynamite, recent history actually shows that we’ll accept almost any risk for more power.

New York Times
Aug 30, 2006 What Pilots Could Tell Us

QUOTE: NASA is quietly ending a project that costs relatively little and could help prevent just the sort of disaster we saw in Kentucky.

New York Times
Aug 29, 2006 Universal Backs Free Music Rival to iTunes

QUOTE: reflects the music industry’s eagerness to experiment with various digital business models and to find a way to overcome piracy and illegal copying...record executives have begun to chafe at Apple’s dominance in the online market, particularly its insistence on a one-size-fits-all pricing model, saying it has restricted the growth of digital sales.

New York Times
Aug 26, 2006 Stem Cells Without Embryo Loss

QUOTE: the Advanced Cell Technology approach does not seem likely to open the floodgates for federal financing. Mostly it illustrates the great lengths to which scientists must go these days to shape stem cell research to fit the dictates of religious conservatives who have imposed their own view of morality on the scientific enterprise.

New York Times
Aug 23, 2006 Tempting Data, Privacy Concerns

QUOTE: they balanced a chronic thirst for useful data against concerns over individual privacy...The AOL incident has set off a flurry of divergent opinions in the academic community over the appropriateness of using the data for academic research.

New York Times
Aug 16, 2006 Grass Created in Lab Is Found in the Wild

QUOTE: An unapproved type of genetically engineered grass has been found growing in the wild in what scientists say could be the first instance in the United States in which a biotechnology plant has established itself outside a farm...E.P.A. scientists and others said the grass would probably not pose an ecological threat. Still, it could provide fodder for critics who say that agricultural biotechnology cannot be adequately controlled.

New York Times
Aug 14, 2006 Some Scientists See Shift in Stem Cell Hopes

QUOTE: researchers envisage a longer-term program in which human embryonic cells would be a research tool to study the mechanisms of disease...To work with unapproved lines, government-supported researchers must not only raise private money but also keep their government-financed work separate from their work on unapproved stem cell lines.

New York Times
Jul 10, 2006 Stock Option Awards Grew For Top-Earning Executives, Declined For Others Last Year: 2005 Compensation For Top-Earning Executives Grew With Stock Option Awards

QUOTE: It was another banner year for the Washington area's highest-paid executives...Just as options buoyed compensation for the top group, a decline in the awards dragged down results for others: The median total compensation package for the next 600 executives in the study fell by 3.9 percent to $642,543.

Washington Post
Jul 09, 2006 Does 'Freedom to Read' Apply to DVDs?: Library Board Battles County Over Right To Buy R-Rated Films

QUOTE: The library system's 440 R-rated movies are especially popular. They are also provoking a public battle between the county's Board of Supervisors and the library board of trustees... They say the supervisors' actions are akin to censorship and violate a basic principle espoused by most libraries in the United States: that the freedom to read (and listen and view) is a right of library users with which the government should not interfere...

Washington Post
Jun 13, 2006 Gas-saving devices mostly a scam

QUOTE: The EPA to date has tested in the neighborhood of 100 gas-saving devices, the most recent at the request of the Federal Trade Commission, and only six "indicated a very small improvement in fuel economy without an increase in exhaust emissions."

Bankrate.com
Jun 02, 2006 Lynch in Talks to Settle Auctions Suit

QUOTE: A company affiliated with money manager Mario Gabelli is in talks to settle a civil lawsuit alleging that it created sham entities to bid for cellphone licenses under a federal program that offered discounts to small businesses.

Washington Post
Jun 02, 2006 VOIP, Cellphone Bills Could Rise for Subsidy

QUOTE: Consumers could see their mobile and Internet telephone bills rise under a Federal Communications Commission proposal that would increase the amount such companies pay to subsidize telephone service in poor and rural parts of the country.

Washington Post
May 30, 2006 The DVD War Against Consumers

QUOTE: I support the rights of the studios to protect their content right up until it stops me from doing something reasonable that I want to do. Blu-ray crosses this line.

BusinessWeek
May 26, 2006 FCC to Probe TV Stations for Unlabeled Ads

QUOTE: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin ordered a probe of dozens of television stations after a report found they aired advertisements as if they were news reports...

Washington Post
May 17, 2006 FDA Asked to Better Regulate Nanotechnology

QUOTE: A number of animal studies have shown that at least some nanoparticles can penetrate cells and tissues, migrate through the body and brain and cause biochemical damage. But whether nano-spiked cosmetics and sunscreens pose health risks remains largely unknown, pending completion of long-range studies recently begun by the FDA and other agencies.

Washington Post
May 14, 2006 China Says One of Its Scientists Faked Computer Chip Research

QUOTE: China said Friday that a prominent university scientist who had developed one of the nation's first homegrown computer chips had fabricated his research and stolen the technology from a foreign company, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

New York Times
Mar 21, 2006 Big Firms Fail to Police Adware, Report Says: Glut of Pop-Ups Laid to Lapses; Ad Firm CEO Says It's No Different From TV

QUOTE: ome of the biggest names in Internet advertising -- from Netflix to PeoplePC to GreetingCards.com -- not only are feeding into the annoying problem of pop-up ads but are also doing very little to keep their messages away from the self-installing software that fuels the pop-up ads...

Washington Post
Mar 11, 2006 For Gay Gamers, A Virtual Reality Check

QUOTE: Within "World of Warcraft," there are numerous "guilds." They are not unlike high school clubs, and last year, Andrews started one akin to a Gay-Straight Alliance...Repeatedly, she wrote in general chats within the game: "We are not 'GLBT only,' but we are 'GLBT friendly!' " Then one of the game's moderators, interpreting the game's "terms of use," cited her for "Harassment-Sexual Orientation."

Washington Post
Feb 22, 2006 The $75 Billion TV Tab

QUOTE: ...a provision requiring television broadcasters to switch their signals from analog to digital by Feb. 19, 2009. The intent is to free up valuable bandwidth that the federal government can sell, presumably to help whittle down the budget deficit. But it will also require much of the country to spend billions in order to watch television...

Forbes
Feb 16, 2006 NOTED WITH INTEREST: The True Cost Of Protection?

QUOTE: according to a recent report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the government spent more than $1.4 billion protecting endangered species in 2004 -- 17 percent more than in 2003.

Washington Post
Dec 25, 2005 Ethics in Research Debated: Stem Cell Debacle Spurs Calls for Improved Oversight

QUOTE: The stunning revelation that a South Korean researcher faked landmark stem cell experiments has sparked an intense new debate about the safeguards designed to prevent and catch scientific fraud. While it remains unclear what motivated Hwang Woo Suk, the case has highlighted how the increasingly rapid pace of science, and rising international competition, may be intensifying the temptation to fake results, experts said.

Washington Post
Dec 21, 2005 Defending Science by Defining It

QUOTE: Since the scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries, "science has been limited to the search for natural causes to explain natural phenomena," Jones writes, noting that the scientific revolution was explicitly about the rejection of "revelation" in favor of empirical evidence. Since then, he writes, "science has been a discipline in which testability, rather than any ecclesiastical authority or philosophical coherence, has been the measure of a scientific idea's worth."

Washington Post
Nov 30, 2005 DuPont, EPA Settle Case On Chemical Disclosure

QUOTE: Federal officials and the DuPont Co. have reached a settlement on charges that the chemical giant concealed possible harmful health effects associated with perfluorooctanoic acid, a chemical compound used to produce Teflon.

Washington Post
Oct 12, 2005 Court to Rule on Federal Regulation of Wetlands

QUOTE: The Supreme Court...will decide how extensively government can regulate the nation's wetlands, a key source of contention among environmentalists and property owners.

Washington Post
Aug 20, 2005 Judge Tells U.S. to Revisit Wolves' Status

QUOTE: The Bush administration violated the law when it dropped efforts to bring back gray wolves in the Northeast...

Washington Post
Jul 17, 2005 The Animal Zealotry That Destroyed My Lab

QUOTE: The care of laboratory animals isn't, as some seem to believe, an unregulated field. As scientists engaged in government-sponsored research, we must conform to an exhaustive array of local, state and federal rules. Nor are we unthinking about these animals' use. As scientists, we debate it among ourselves and with others, as all thoughtful individuals do when dealing with issues of life and death. What happened in Iowa, though, was not a debate; it was an assault.

Washington Post
Jul 14, 2005 GAO Urges Stronger Law On Toxic Substances

QUOTE: The government has provided only "limited assurance" that the 700 new chemical compounds entering the marketplace each year are safe...

Washington Post
Jul 05, 2005 Oops, I Made an Oil Spill ...: What should I do?

QUOTE: A research vessel ran aground in a Hawaiian marine wildlife reserve on Sunday and appears to be leaking oil... What happens when your ship spills oil?

Slate
Jun 25, 2005 Retesting Reveals Mad Cow Case: USDA Criticized for First Clearing Animal of Disease

QUOTE: New tests have confirmed that a Texas animal that federal officials earlier declared to be free of mad cow disease did have the brain-wasting ailment, the U.S. Agriculture Department announced yesterday.

Washington Post

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