Automation systems in modern aircraft are helping to make air travel safer and more energy efficient than ever. But those same systems can challenge and even confuse the pilots whom passengers rely on to get them to their destination safely.
An NPR investigation examined preliminary findings from a study group report to be issued this spring, in which Federal Aviation Administration, industry and research members will warn of problems with the systems.
The "Day of Rage" called for by Libyans hoping to topple the regime of Moammar Gadhafi continues. Because there are not a great number of reporters in that country now it's hard to get a solid window into what's happening, but we do want to pass along some of the latest reports:
-- "Clashes broke out in several towns," Reuters says. "In the capital of the oil exporting country there was no sign of any demonstrations, a Reuters reporter said, apart from the pro-Gadafi demonstrators in the city's Green Square chanting 'We are defending Gaddafi!' and waving his portrait.
While Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and defense spending have gotten much attention for their roles in the nation's fiscal plight, the interest payments the nation is required to make on its debt haven't been spotlighted nearly as much.