In the wake of the National Security Agency cyber-spying revelations, you may be worrying about the government keeping track of your digital life. But, for less than $300, a group of ordinary hackers found a way to tap right into Verizon cellphones.
This is a group of good-guy, or "white hat", hackers. They hacked the phones to warn wireless carriers that the phones have a security flaw.
Take a tour of the Hanford site, a nuclear production complex in Richland, Wash., and you'll see the hundreds of mechanical water pressure gauges wired to the process tubes inside the core. Tour guide Paul Vinther warns that bumping these gauges could throw off the readings enough to trigger a an emergency shutdown of the reactor.
Tour guide Paul Vinther (left) began working at the B Reactor in 1950 and spent 38 years at this and other plutonium-production facilities that sprang up nearby during the Cold War. He also managed the B Reactor when it was shut down in 1968.
During Vinther's early years, his main job was as a human calculator. Whenever the reactor shut down, they'd call him in to calculate how long certain elements took to dissipate so they could restart it.
Today, from the outside, the B Reactor building is not much to look at, but during World War II and the Cold War, this was one of the most secret, closely guarded places in America. Now, you can sign up for free tours with the Department of Energy.
The B Reactor is the world's first full-scale nuclear reactor located at the Hanford site in Richland, Wash. The three-story-high block of graphite contains about 2,000 "process tubes" arranged in a grid. These tubes contained uranium, and when enough uranium was brought together, a chain reaction of neutrons turned some of it into plutonium — which became the fissile core of nuclear bombs.
People tend to remember that the atomic bomb was developed at Los Alamos, N.M., and Oak Ridge, Tenn., but they often forget about a third nuclear production complex — the Hanford Site in Richland, Wash. It's where they built the world's first full-scale nuclear reactor.
The "B Reactor" is a windowless, cinder block hulk out in the middle of nowhere. You might mistake it for an abandoned cement plant. But inside, it's a lovingly preserved time capsule of the Atomic Age. If you're lucky, your guide will be one of the people who worked here when the place was still new.
Michael Pagliaro, left, laughs with Paul Scattaretico at the Muzic Store Inc. in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., as Pagliaro picks up instruments for his rental business. Before Pagliaro had a hip replacement, pain made it difficult to work.
Every year more than a quarter of a million Americans have total hip replacement surgery. It's almost always a successful operation that frees patients from what's often described as disabling pain.
But in recent years, there's been lots of discussion on the Internet about "anterior approach" hip replacement, a surgical technique that's different than the standard procedure. It's one that proponents say can lead to quicker recovery, three to four weeks compared to six to eight weeks for typical surgery.
The J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain — a familiar landmark in Kansas City, Mo. — is a popular meeting place for Goldman's characters. The author's family has lived in Kansas City, Mo., for four generations.
Split by the Missouri-Kansas state line, the Kansas City metro area has been home to political bosses, jazz clubs, barbecue joints and tough characters, all of which find their way into author Joel Goldman crime thrillers.
Nine years ago, when Goldman was working as an attorney, he was diagnosed with a movement disorder that makes him shake and stutter at times. So he quit his practice and eventually gave his medical condition to one of his main characters, Kansas City FBI agent Jack Davis.
'Brought To His Knees' In A Hardscrabble Neighborhood
Andrew Rosenkranz says at least two or three times a week, he finds himself sitting across from an employee at his market research firm near Seattle, listening to some complicated personal problem.
Just last week, an employee described how her daughter and baby granddaughter were assaulted by a boyfriend. The daughter wanted to come back to Washington state but didn't have money for a plane ticket. And so, Rosenkranz says, the employee "was coming to ask, 'Hey, is there anything you can do to help us here?' "
Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with vegan cookbook author Terry Hope Romero, whose delightful books include "Vegan Eats World," "Viva Vegan," and "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World." Find out about the challenges and rewards of making successfully tasty vegan dishes that even meat-eaters of the world will enjoy. http://veganlatina.com/
In a rebroadcast from October 25, 2009, Keith & Russ talk with William Dowhan, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas Medical School of Houston. Dowhan talks about cell membranes and their importance in making energy. He also explains how lipids & proteins react on membranes to result in a biological function. http://www-bmb.med.uth.tmc.edu/faculty/william-dowhan.html