The police force says it’s hard to tell if a drone is friend or foe.The New York Police Department is concerned the next terrorist attack could possibly be carried out by consumer drones armed with guns, explosives, or chemical weapons.Read Full Story View original article at FastCompany

Can’t take a vacation right now, because of silly obstacles like your job or money or your kids or fear of flying? Well, this video is kind of like a little vacation in itself. It features drone footage captured in the gorgeous Mentawai Islands of Indonesia and comes complete with soothing but upbeat music. So grab your headphones and allow yourself a five-minute escape from it all. (h/t Boing Boing) View original article at Time Magazine

This is what it looks like to fly a drone over the vast expanse of icy, but thawing and human-stained Greenland.Thank glaciologist Jason Box for the Arctic birds-eye view of one of the most serene, alien landscapes on the planet. Box spends much of his time in the polar north, which landed him in the headlines a few times this year: First, when he told me that if humans release a fraction of Arctic methane were fucked—his message went viral—and again when his crowd-funded Dark Snow project returned striking…

Today, San Diego is the capital of America’s multibillion dollar drone industry. Reno wants to take that title back.When you think of Nevada, you think of a lot of things–casinos, hookers, quickie marriages and divorces–that are really about Las Vegas. To the north of Sin City you have a region that, like many places in the country, is yearning to jumpstart a new industry that could drive good-paying middle class jobs. Increasingly, Nevadans think they’ve found that opportunity zooming unmanned over their heads View original article at FastCompany

It still costs an arm and a leg (and sometimes an entire Antares rocket) to lift crews and cargo into space. So until we get around to building that space elevator we’ve always wanted, NASA will just have to use this drone-towed, pilot-less, rocket-launching glider.Read more.. View original article at Gizmodo

If you spend your weekends flying drones, be careful you don’t stray too close to a ball game: the FAA has issued a warning which warms of large fines or imprisonments if your UAV strays too close to large sports venues .Read more… View original article at Gizmodo

Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration said that, from now on, it’s illegal for drone and model aircraft operators to fly drones within three miles of major sporting events without a permit. Problem is, once again, the underlying law that the whole thing is based on is a bunch of malarkey.The FAA issued what is known as a Notice to Airmen that threatens drone pilots with up to a year in jail and suggests that they may be “intercepted, detained, and interviewed by law enforcement/security personnel.” The thing about NOTAMs,…

The metadata of Australians is proposed to be stored by telecommunication companies and internet service providers for two years, under new legislation introduced to Parliament by the Australian government. On Thursday morning, mandatory data-retention legislation, outlined in the Telecommunications Amendment Bill, was introduced by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the House of Representatives. See also: Drone used to capture whale’s blow off the coast of Australia “Modern communications technologies have revolutionised the ability of people to communicate, collaborate and express themselves,” Turnbull told Parliament. “Sadly, however, these same…

[David Windestål] is back in the USA, and this time he’s armed and dangerous! He’s built an incredible RF cannon prop (YouTube link) as part of his drone hunter wardrobe for the Rotor DR1 series. [David] is no stranger to Hackaday. We’ve previously seen him gliding R/C planes from the edge of space and building afterburners as part of the Flite Test crew. [David’s] drone hunter character is armed with a nasty RF cannon designed to fry drones out of the sky. The hunter can then collect and sell their Arcanum pellet…

Research has shown the high volume of modern city life makes it harder for nestlings to hear their parents. This puts them at risk of going hungry. And makes them deaf to danger from predators. View original article at Daily Mail Online