Gene Robinson, Texas EquuSearch’s pilot. Image: Texas EquuSearchWhen is a government order not an order? When it comes from the Federal Aviation Administration, apparently. In the latest in several ongoing legal sagas, the agency has contradicted itself once again when it comes to the legality of commercial and hobbyist drones. The agency refused a request from Texas EquuSearch, a nonprofit search-and-rescue group, to stay an order demanding that the group not use drones, based entirely on the idea that its first cease-and-desist order was not an “order.”But, as appears to increasingly be the case, the agency’s latest actions have far-reaching ramifications

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Boston GlobeSenate Backs Judge Pick Who Wrote Drone MemosABC NewsA former Justice Department official who helped craft the Obama administration’s legal rationale for using drones to kill suspected American terrorists abroad won preliminary Senate approval Wednesday to become a federal appeals court judge. The largely .

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Someone lost their pet in Palo Alto. pic.twitter.com/K4n4IUeSIT — Liz Gannes (@lizgannes) May 21, 2014 Read more.

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The Daily Dot wrote a headline that pretty much sums up the world we’ve created in six terrifying words: “Drones are the future of selfies.”
Smartphone selfies have jumped the shark. They’re so easy to take, your grandma can do it. (And she does).
My grandma is killin’ the selfie game @GeniuzInk

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Image: oogoody2000/FlickrIn the ongoing quest to shrink drones, engineers have built a flying robot so small it can sit in the palm of your hand. But don’t let its size fool you—these intelligent nanoquadrotors are far smarter than any drone we’ve seen so far.Micro-robotic technology is a rapidly growing area of exploration, and one in which the Defense Department is eager to delve into. The government is pouring money into researching and developing artificially intelligent swarming robots, and the looming question is whether this cutting-edge technology will be used for good, or bring about a dystopian future of smart and lethal machines that could be used against humans.As a host of scintillating YouTube videos show, these quadrotors are impressive autonomous vehicles that have mastered aerial manipulation, flipping through the air, whizzing through windows, building structures, even playing the James Bond theme in concert

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