Downtown Los Angeles has been undergoing a visible revitalization for years, but this aerial video from a downtown resident shows that many of the city’s gems have been hiding in plain sight.
“One of the things you’re told growing up in New York City is that only the tourists look up,” said Ian Wood, who used a GoPro camera attached to a drone to capture the city. “Now with this project in mind I was looking up and seeing all these amazing things.”
Among the sights in the video are the colorfully-designed tiled tower atop the Los Angeles Public Library, breathtaking murals and street art, and a whole lot of art deco architecture.
Sit back and enjoy

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Police came knocking on an Amazon employee’s hotel door on Thursday after he used his drone to capture video of the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, and gave him a “crash course” in Seattle’s history with drones
According to some reports, the drone crashed into the needle, but the video doesn’t show evidence of that, and neither does any part of the building. Police identified the Amazon employee after being notified about the drone by Space Needle security, but neither party seemed too concerned by the incident
See also: 6 Crazy Drones You Won’t Believe Exist

.@space_needle still standing after reported drone strike:
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 24, 2014 Read more

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With a coming boom expected in the unmanned-aircraft industry, universities and colleges are scrambling to train pilots. But thanks to government rules, they can’t actually get the devices off the ground.

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Predator drone taxis at Khandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Image: DoD/FlickrAfghanistan might be the most drone-struck place on Earth, but when it comes to understanding much of anything about the scope of deadly Predator and Reaper strikes there, our heads might as well be in the sand. Indeed, there is no “comprehensive record of drone use in Afghanistan,” according to a new report from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. That’s one of the greater ironies of drone warfare today: We know far more about the hunter-killer drone activity of the CIA’s “covert” counterterror campaign over Pakistan, Yemen, and parts of the Horn of Africa, than the Pentagon’s drone program in an official theater of war, such as Afghanistan. We know, for example, that as of October 2013 up to 900 civilians had been killed by drones in Pakistan; that after going a half-year without logging a single strike in Pakistan, the US resumed covert strikes there in early June; that Obama’s covert drone war, in Pakistan and Yeman and Somalia, have killed an estimated 2,400 people, including something like 270 civilians

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Tourism New Zealand has revealed a serious enhancement on the traditional selfie, and it’s achieved using the same unmanned technology that the U.S. uses to find international super villains. It is called Dronie – a camera-equipped drone that will take a short film of you.
NZdronie flies into a pink sunset at a New Zealand ski field (Image: Tourism New Zealand)
Dronie begins by recording a close-up portrait, then swiftly pans out to reveal breathtaking scenery in an eight-second film that can be shared via #NZdronie

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