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04.30.15 Liam Mathews

Have you ever read Jonathan Lethem’s novel The Fortress of Solitude? The main characters, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude, have a ring that gives them the power of flight. At one point, Mingus tags a high wall on the Brooklyn House of Detention, and people are baffled, because it appears that the only way to […]

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04.29.15 Liam Mathews

This is the fastest drone we’ve ever seen. A YouTuber named quadmovr builds his own DIY drones, and this one in particular is bananas. Not all of the drone enthusiasts commenting on the video are convinced it’s real, and there are arguments whether little extraneous fliers in the background are birds that show the footage […]

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04.10.15 Liam Mathews

Chimpanzees don’t want to be surveilled. A primate in a Dutch zoo saw a drone flying through its habitat and was like “fuck outta here” and took it out with a mighty hit from a big branch. Then it went down to the ground and took an ape selfie. I bet this brilliant chimp leads […]

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04.01.15 Liam Mathews

Production company Brain Farm hooked the $110k high-speed, hi-res camera nerd-approved Phantom Flex4k up to an Aerigon cinematography drone and captured some primally satisfying slow motion footage. No one had ever flown such a heavy camera before, and the Brain Farm crew didn’t know if it was going to work. “The title of this is […]

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03.25.15 Prachi Gupta

Now even the FAA has a problem with its regulations on small drones. The AP reports that the government agency is “streamlining rules to expedite permits to fly small, commercial unmanned aircraft” after being barraged with complains over the current process. Here’s how the rules will change: Last year, the FAA began granting permits on […]

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02.24.15 Prachi Gupta

Officials say that at drones were spotted flying over at least five monuments and government buildings in Paris in what the Associated Press calls “most audacious of several mysterious drone overflights around France in recent months.” The flights are illegal in France. The AP’s description makes the drones seem both ominous and fantastic: The drones […]

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02.16.15 Bucky Turco

On Sunday, the FAA issued its highly anticipated regulations on the civilian use of quadrocopters — or as they’re commonly referred to as, drones. The federal agency set weight, speed, and altitude limits for the remote-controlled flying cameras and outlined requirements for drone operators, such as being vetted by the Transportation Security Administration and taking […]

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01.30.15 Bucky Turco

The meltdown of Chernobyl was not a good thing, but nearly three decades after the catastrophic disaster, it seems to have left behind some beauty too. Apart from the human tragedy, mutated animals, and radioactive wasteland it created, the site of the world’s largest nuclear accident and surrounding areas, provide ruin porn of the highest […]

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Prachi Gupta

Though Afghan weavers have been creating “war rugs” or “war carpets” for decades, it’s nonetheless disquieting to see modern warfare like drones creep into their designs; a sobering affirmation to the rest of the world that the damaged inflicted by the stealth technology has become commonplace in that region of the world. A recent article […]

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01.27.15 Rhett Jones

Somewhere in Cardross, Scotland there’s an abandoned seminary that rivals 5 Pointz as a dream location for graffiti writers. St. Peter’s Seminary, a beautiful brutalist building, has been left to rot in the Scottish countryside for decades. In 2014, the necessary grant money to restore the building was awarded and soon it will undergo renovations. […]

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