Monday, April 01, 2002

Ornithological Spoof

On 03/29/2002, Scott Ray brought to the attention of BirdChat subscribers the news that scientists had recently announced the launch of a satellite, dubbed the DNA Remote Sensing Satellite (DNARS), that will be able to track the real-time movements of any animal weighing more than 500 grams. While Ray suggested that this new technology “might be a useful birding tool,” others have raised concerns about threats to personal privacy. But, in an effort to allay such fears, a spokesperson for the National Association of Law Enforcement Organizations released a statement saying that “Only persons with something to hide need worry about this technology.” The entire API account can be read here.


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