Image: USAFWhy does the United States think it can kill an American citizen overseas, without a trial? The answer is surprisingly simple: because it says it can. With the constitutional rationale largely redacted, what other conclusion can you draw?After years of legal battles, the United States government finally released its legal rationale for the 2011 drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an American al-Qaeda imam who was living in Yemen and was allegedly planning terrorist attacks on the United States.Does the rationale boil down to specific threats al-Awlaki made against the United States? No—at least not ones that weren’t redacted. Does it come down to imminent aggression against the United States? Nope, not really, at least. Instead, it boils down to the fact that the United States is at war with terror, and even the simple act of joining up with a foreign enemy is enough to make someone a target, imminent threat or not

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A California man who has been arrested several times for recording police from the ground has now taken to the airways, using a drone to watch the watchers.
“It’s to try to promote transparency,” 42-year-old Daniel Saulmon told a Los Angeles news broadcast.
The Southern California man’s footage is posted at Mistakenbacon.com. Recent recordings show a drunken-driving checkpoint and traffic stops

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Excerpted from the November 2045 issue of Galactic Girl.
Tech-literate ladies and savvy galactic girls aren’t impervious to the wily ways of an un-evolved male partner. We may live in a matriarchal utopia now, but that doesn’t mean your man is totally faithful. Though the only way to know for sure if your significant other is cheating on you is to hack into his neural net to access his thoughts, there are some subtler hints that might shed some light on the truth.
Here are 10 signs he’s cheating on you (probably with a sex robot)

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Image: alisdair/FlickrEvery entrepreneur on the market today is trying to answer your economic qualms with drones: tacocopers, goose-bombers, Amazon’s fleet of delivery UAVs. But each of these entrepreneurial ventures is set back by one major thing: battery life. Almost all consumer-grade drones can’t travel more than 10 miles round-trip on a single charge. Sure, that’s about as far as your pizza place will deliver via manned transportation anyway, but the delivery person doesn’t have to wait nearly two hours to recharge to deliver the next hot pie.A team of MIT researchers think they’ve solved this battery life quandary

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Amazon

The Federal Aviation Administration has said that online shopping powerhouse Amazon may not employ drones to deliver packages, at least not anytime soon.
The revelation was buried in a FAA document (PDF) unveiled Monday seeking public comment on its policy on drones, or what the agency calls “model aircraft.”
The FAA has maintained since at least 2007 that the commercial operation of drones is illegal. A federal judge ruled in March, however, that the FAA enacted the regulations illegally because it did not take public input before adopting the rules, which is a violation of federal law. Flight regulators have appealed the decision, maintaining that commercial applications are still barred

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