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Speaking of real time regulation, Ann Marie Healy reports on Z+Blog about a pigeons+blogs sensing and reporting system:

These birds are the first iteration of pigeon bloggers, set loose with GPS receivers, air pollution sensors and a basic cellphone. They have been given the task of measuring the levels of air pollutants and their tools allow them to beam back the results to a real time blog.

The hope, in addition to the data itself, is that this will:

inspire people to come up with more creative and effective means of monitoring the degradation of the environment.

Big business and creative opportunities, I think.