French security chiefs are investigating a spate of mysterious and illegal flights by tiny, unmanned drones over French nuclear power stations.
A government official told The Associated Press that authorities have counted about 15 drone flights over a half-dozen nuclear sites since October 1. Authorities insist that France’s nuclear facilities are designed to handle seismic and security risks, including those possibly posed by drones.
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“Drone overflights are currently being carried out in a repeated and simultaneous manner over certain nuclear sites in our country,” the prime minister’s general secretariat for defense and national security, known as SGDSN, said in a statement sent Monday to the AP. Read more

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It’s hard enough to make a good science fiction film or a good horror film; but you can probably count the number of truly compelling films that hybridize the genres on two hands. That’s what occurred to me over the Halloween weekend, as cable channels advertised their unrelenting slasher flick marathons and Netflix suggested an endless scroll of haunted house and monster movies: the sci-fi horror genre is woefully underserved. Sci-fi horror is relatively rarely-trod; in part because it’s a risky business proposal—sci-fi usually requires a big budget and horror inherently limits its audience with its niche genre and inevitable hard R rating—and in part because the fusion is so difficult to blend into an effective, non-cheesy narrative.Disasters like Jason X (Friday the 13th—in space!) and Leprechaun 4 (Leprechaun—in space!) have helped give the genre a bad name. Bigger-budget mediocrities like Resident Evil didn’t move the needle, either

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The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them, and now they’re a photographer’s secret weapon. Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not

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It’s been well-established (and then some) that drones are ruthlessly efficient at taking lives, but given everything else they’ve shown they can do, there’s no reason to believe that unmanned aerial vehicles can’t save lives, too…

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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

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