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New app for virtual scavenger hunts at Smithsonian

Roam the halls of the Smithsonian, digitally.

Tags: DorobekInsider , Smithsonian , technology , Kellian Adams , Beth Py-Lieberman

Friday - 07/09/2010, 05:05pm EDT

Loophole may have aided theft of classified data

The soldier accused of downloading a huge trove of secret data from military computers in Iraq copied thousands of files and disguised them as Lady Gaga files.

Tags: newscast , DorobekInsider , Must Reads , DoD , technology

Friday - 07/09/2010, 04:26pm EDT

Ship Anchorage Site to Inspect and Decontaminate Gulf Ships

The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration - with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy - has started to survey a new ship anchorage site at the mouth of the Mississippi River in the Gulf of Mexico - for ships to undergo inspection and oil decontamination before entering ports.

Shipping vessels are currently facing increasing time delays and other challenges as they try to avoid the oil slicks caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A magnetometer survey of a proposed alternate anchorage site would ensure the safety of ships, their crews, and the marine environment by making sure that there are no buried pipelines in the proposed area that would be ruptured by ships lowering their anchors. Maritime commerce is important farmers especially, who need to export their crops through Gulf ports, as do the millions of retail outlets nationwide that rely on a constant flow of imports.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , NOAAA , Coast Guard , Navy , Scott Carr

Friday - 07/09/2010, 11:55am EDT

Choosing Genetically Engineered Crops

A new USDA report says American farmers continue to choose genetically engineered crops over their conventional counterparts.

A July USDA Economic Research Service report finds the rate of adoption of Genetically Engineered soybeans is up to 93 percent this year; the adoption of all Genetically Engineered cotton climbed to 93 percent; and the adoption of all biotech corn reached 86 percent in 2010. An April report from the National Research Council notes, many U.S. farmers who grow genetically engineered crops are realizing substantial economic and environmental benefits - such as lower production costs, fewer pest problems, reduced use of pesticides, and better yields. In 2009, 330 million acres of biotech crops were planted in 25 countries by 14 million farmers.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , USDA , NRC , Scott Carr

Friday - 07/09/2010, 11:54am EDT
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