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Drones grounded in Saguaro National Park

As part of a nationwide policy, unmanned aircraft have been banned in Saguaro National Park, officials said. The National Park Service is conducting a review to address drone usage, but has barred flying drones, quadcopters, and model airplanes on an interim basis.... Read more»1

Pima College IT head resigning

Pima Community College’s vice chancellor for Information Technology, Keith McIntosh, is resigning and will take a job in New York.... Read more»1

New online tracking tool is virtually impossible to block

A new kind of tracking tool, canvas fingerprinting, is being used to follow visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.... Read more»

U.S. plans to hand over Internet oversight role

An already-tangled Internet governance system looks to be getting more complicated, and some fear without U.S. oversight the Internet, and its censorship, could fall into authoritarian hands.... Read more»

Daily Star paywall to charge online readers

Changes are coming to the website of the Arizona Daily Star. The site has changed its URL, from azstarnet.com to tucson.com, and a long-delayed paywall was rolling out on Sunday, with publisher Chase Rankin offering scanty details in a paean to the shifts in the site.... Read more»19

Here's one way to land on the NSA's watch list

If you downloaded the privacy software Tor in 2011, you may have been flagged to be spied on.... Read more»

Saving penny makes cents for zinc-backed front group

‘Broad-based’ group created to save the penny from extinction turns out to be backed by a company that supplies metal to make the coins.... Read more»

Feds declare Az, NM gartersnakes threatened species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted threatened species status Monday to northern Mexican and narrow-headed gartersnakes, saying the animals in Arizona and New Mexico could otherwise be in danger of extinction.... Read more»

New Mars map reveals surface modified by water over much of planet's history

A new geologic map of the ancient Martian highlands produced by researchers at the Tucson-based Planetary Science Institute provides new insights into the history of water modifying that planet’s surface — and shows water-related activity may still be active today.... Read more»

Only happy when it rains ... A monsoon tune playlist

Rain? We don’t mind. And neither did the Beatles. Others are only happy when it rains. If you want to see a repeat of the rainfall seen in parts of Tucson on Thursday, you might have to do a rain dance. What’s your favorite song about the rain?... Read more»

Bacon shortage? Pig virus worries Az farmers

A swine virus that has already caused a nationwide hog shortage has turned up in Arizona, where one farm official worries it could have “catastrophic effects on the pork buying and producing industry.” The virus is harmless to humans, but the mortality rate for infected piglets has been at least 50 percent.... Read more»

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John Huppenthal gets schooled

Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal decided he was going to be a not-so smartass under the cover of Internet pseudonymity. The Arizona schools chief made some pretty deplorable comments about minorities and low income people on Arizona political blogs.... Read more»

Why a little country like Paraguay is launching a space program

Think about the future of space travel for one moment. Chances are Paraguay did not come even remotely to mind. But now this little, landlocked South American country is determined to put itself on the intergalactic map.... Read more»

No warrant, no problem: How the gov't can get your digital data

The government isn’t allowed to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. But there are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from the local sheriff to the FBI to the Internal Revenue Service, to snoop on the digital trails you create every day.... Read more»

As more imported foods reach dinner tables, holes remain in FDA safety net

In April 2012, a team of inspectors from the FDA investigated a seafood company in India that had been exporting tons of frozen yellow fin tuna to the U.S. What they found was not appetizing: water tanks rife with contamination, rusty carving knives, peeling paint above the work area, unsanitary bathrooms and an ice machine covered with insects and “apparent bird feces.”... Read more»

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