How to unleash creativity on the world’s biggest problems, from Alphabet’s moonshot division

Astro Teller, the head of X, reflects on 10 years of work on projects such as internet-beaming balloons and sterilizing mosquitoes—and some even crazier ideas that never quite saw the light of day.
A decade ago, what was then Google (now Alphabet) launched X as a factory for radical ideas—a place designed to create breakthrough technologies that solve enormous problems. It’s since spun out projects such as Wing, a drone delivery company that aims to cut traffic and emissions, Loon, a network of high-flying balloons that can provide internet coverage in remote areas or after disasters, and Verily, which works on projects such as making mosquitoes sterile to stop the spread of diseases such as Zika and dengue.Read Full Story

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Earning Your Drone License in the U.K.: Your Questions Answered

In the UK, anybody over the age of 18 can purchase a drone and, after a quick, online multiple-choice quiz, register and fly it. Legally, any adult can fly lightweight drones recreationally without a license

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SkyWatch.AI and Starr Insurance Companies Launch Drone Insurance in Canada

SkyWatch.AI is drone insurance for skilled professional operators – providing drone insurance that not only offers a sophisticated risk analysis platform, but also allows pilots to reduce their costs as they establish a safety record

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Flyability Flies Into the US with a New Office and A User Conference

Swiss-based Flyability is opening a office in the U.S

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Military researchers launch new project to develop a drone AI based on video game player behavior

Researchers at the University of Buffalo have received a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an AI capable of controlling swarms of 250 drones. 

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Classic Toy Helicopter Flies Again as DIY Version

For many of us who grew up in the 1970s, “VertiBird”, the fly-it-yourself indoor helicopter, was a toy that was begged for often enough that it eventually appeared under the Christmas tree. And more than a few of the fascinating but delicate toys were defunct by Christmas afternoon, victims of the fatal combination of exuberant play and price-point engineering. But now a DIY version of the classic toy flies again, this time with a more robust design.
To be fair to the designers at Mattel, the toy company that marketed VertiBird, the toy was pretty amazing. The plastic helicopter was powered

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West Africa's first drone corridor has opened in Njala

West Africa’s first drone corridor, in Njala, could transform Sierra Leone’s healthcare.

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French Drone Company Covers Democratic Debates

Last month’s Democratic presidential debate may have been divisive to many American voters, but one issue without debate is the crystal-clear aerial footage provided by drone company Elistair. During the Jan

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Flirtey Granted Patent for Automated Parachute Safety System

Drone delivery specialist Flirtey has been granted a patent that the company says will “enhance its fundamental technology”. The patent refers to an automatic parachute deployment system to support drone flights and aerial deliveries being carried out safely

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Mr. Drone Goes to Washington: AUVSI Hosts Hill Day March 25

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is urging drone enthusiasts, companies and groups to come to Washington D.C

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