Big announcements last week from both Russian government officials and military scientists, suggests the former Soviet empire is still an arms racing state worth its weight in geopolitical power.Like in the Cold War era, ballistic missiles are on the minds of Russian military scientists. According to the state news agency (the newly branded Sputnik news wire), one state-owned military company is promising the Russian Federation will have much sought-after hypersonic missiles by 2020.The hypersonic classification means these missiles will travel, at the very least, five times the speed of sound. Related: China’s New ‘Anti-Terror’ Drone-Zapping Laser Hints at a Coming Arms RaceWe have approached (hypersonic missiles)

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The National Transportation Safety Board upheld a Federal Aviation Administration fine against a man for operating a drone recklessly, ruling drones are aircraft and subject to existing FAA rules.

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An Australian estate agent used pictures taken by a drone to market a property which included revealing images of a neighbour.

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On Nov. 17, Oxford announced that their word of the year for 2014 is “vape.” The venerable publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary also gave TIME three lists of candidates: the long list, the short list and the “blip list.”
The short list contains strong contenders that, had the linguistic winds blown a little differently, might have won the title. The long list contains solid candidates that editors found easier to cut

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LONDON — The UK’s airspace is already a pretty crowded place, even without the imminent influx of drones this Christmas. Each year some 2.2 million flights whisk 220 million passengers into, out of and across the country, all overseen by the watchful eyes of air traffic control services like NATS.
These journeys create a data footprint across the skies, which NATS has visualised in a stunning new time-lapse. Taking radar data from over 7,000 flights, the clip shows a standard day of aviation in the UK, beginning with an aeronautical invasion from the US between midnight and 5am before the islands light up with activity

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