What do you give the guy who has everything, from an entire religion to a Mercedes with a bulletproof glass room on top? You give him a drone. And that’s exactly what some grade school kids from Rome did on Thursday. Read more.. View original article at Gizmodo

​A Canadian man is taking the selfie to whole new heights in an effort to show how small we are.According to ​Storyful, the man was inspired by the “feeling astronauts get when they realize their smallness in the grand scale of space.” So, using his DJI Phantom II, he laid down on rooftops across Montreal and shot up the drone high enough until he was merely a speck in the video.As seen in the vertigo-inducing video above, he’s right that we’re small in this massive place we call Earth,…

On the night of May 4, 2007, a tornado classified as a 5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale reached the town of Greensburg, Kansas. Within 20 minutes, the storm ravaged 95 percent of the city’s infrastructure, leaving 11 residents dead and nearly 800,000 cubic yards of debris in its wake. Tasked with expediting the town’s recovery and preventing future devastation, the state of Kansas allotted funding to various emergency response initiatives: debris removal, reconstruction of roads and buildings, and—less traditionally—the study of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations. In…

​Do you have expertise and hands-on experience in synthetic organic chemistry, and a doctorate degree? If so, you may be exactly what Google is looking for, according to a recent Google Life Sciences job posting. The opening isn’t quite as odd as it may at first sound.In recent months, Google’s push into biotechnology has steadily progressed from secret to open-secret to very public operation. Google’s life sciences interest has taken two forms: as an investor via Google Ventures—with investees including 23andme, Arthur Levinson’s California Life Sciences, and Foundation…

Wildfires raged out of control Tuesday mere miles from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 1986, threatening to release dangerous amounts of radiation over northern Ukraine. Heavy gusts fueled the blaze inside the highly radioactive exclusion zone, the area around the plant that was evacuated after the 1986 blast, just 10 miles from defunct reactors and a mere three miles from a spent fuel repository, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Facebook. See also: Drone reveals haunting view of Chernobyl’s…

A ranger did what was necessary when he used a stun gun on a man flying a drone over a lake of lava, the National Park Service said. Crowds have been flocking to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to watch a steadily rising lava lake at the summit of Kilauea volcano. See also: 20 photos that show the exquisite beauty of America’s National Parks There were several hundred people at an outlook area at about 10 p.m. on Sunday when a ranger asked Travis Sanders three times to bring…

​People flying drones have been assaulted, they’ve had their footage taken and destroyed, and, now, they’ve been tased. Last weekend, a man flying a three-inch plastic drone was tased and arrested by a US park ranger at Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park. The man had apparently been flying the drone to videotape the park’s rising lava lake. According to Hawaii Now News (​video here), Travis Sanders was unaware that flying drones is prohibited in the National Parks System. He said a ranger there angrily approached him and he simply…

Guardians of the Golden Gate Bridge are becoming increasingly worried about increased drone activity around the iconic structure. Citing security and safety concerns, officials are now calling for more powers to restrict flights around the bridge. The post Increased drone activity around Golden Gate Bridge ramps up security fears appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

You’ve graduated from your cheap beginner drone , and you want to try something new. Something that can shoot beautiful video from the sky—but doesn’t cost $1,000+ like a camera-equipped DJI Phantom . You spot the $500 Parrot Bebop Drone, and pull the trigger. It’s kind of fun, you think, between strings of obscenities.Read more View original article at Gizmodo

The quake-prone Bay Area is already a pretty precarious area for bridges, but now suspicious drone activity is also a concern for San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate.Read more… View original article at Gizmodo