The winners are out in a new contest to determine the year’s best aerial photos taken by drone.

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Mary Anne Grady-Flores, a 58-year-old Ithaca, NY grandmother of three, faces a one-year county jail sentence after being charged with second-degree criminal contempt. The punishment comes after her repeated participation in peaceful anti-drone protests at the Hancock Air Base in DeWitt, NY (located in Central New York near Syracuse).
In October 2012, Grady-Flores was taken into custody after a drone protest. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, 16 people from the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars (UCGDEW) blocked three gates at the New York National Guard Hancock Field during the demonstration. They were taken into custody to be charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct, and a protection order was eventually issued to prevent Grady-Flores from going near Col

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The picture above looks like a standard four-wheel drive (4WD) touring car. As one looks closer, a few strange things start to pop out. Where’s the motor? 4 electronic speed controls? What’s going on here? [HammerFET] has created this independent drive R/C car (YouTube link) as a research platform for his control system. The car started off life as a standard Schumacher Mi5 1/10th scale Touring Car. [HammerFET] removed the entire drive system

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Honeybees are very important to humans, sustaining Earth’s dominant species with help of their unique ability to pollinate plants. However, humans are not equally helpful to bees, as bees are dying at unprecedented rates thanks to a colony collapse disorder (CCD) that’s apparently so dangerous, even the UN wants it fixed.
While some scientists are trying to figure out how to prevent bees from dying, others are thinking about how to replace them with tiny robots that will be able to take their jobs one day, Business Insider reports.
Harvard scientists have already created RoboBees that are able to lift off the ground and hover while tethered to a power supply, and research continues in an effort to make them more bee-like. The tiny robots will be able to independently perform bee activities, like flying in swarms from plant to plant to pick up and drop off pollen, and return to the hive to recharge batteries

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Airbus is pioneering a new cockpit concept that might scare some flyers: a windowless design that could improve aircraft design and safety in one fell swoop.

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