Drone Skies: The Unmanned Aircraft Revolution Is Coming

Call them what you want—flying robots, unmanned aircraft, or drones—vehicles such as this 5-pound Indago quadrotor are changing the skies over America. Craig Cutler

Drones over America. Photo:Craig Cutler

Richard Whittle writes: It’s a quiet morning in San Francisco, with soft sunlight illuminating patches of thick fog billowing over the Golden Gate Bridge. A solitary unmanned aircraft—a 4-pound, battery-powered wedge of impact-resistant foam with a 54-inch wingspan, a single pusher-propeller in the rear, and a GoPro video camera attached to its body—quietly approaches the landmark.

Raphael “Trappy” Pirker controls the aircraft from a nearby hill. The bridge is within sight, but the 29-year-old enjoys the scenery through virtual-reality goggles strapped to his head. The drone’s-eye view is broadcast to the goggles, giving Pirker a streaming image of the bridge that grows larger as he guides the radio-controlled aircraft closer. Read the rest of this entry »

Internet sensation: Co-ed blows .341 at a football game

Samantha Goudie, a 22-year-old Iowa University student, was arrested Saturday after trying to jump onto the field during a football game. While drunk and disorderly is par for course in college football, Goudie had an unbelievable BAC of .341.

The police report says she was “unsteady on her feet,” which seems generous for someone with that much alcohol in their system. This epic BAC might have been buried in Iowa City police reports forever, except that Goudie basically live tweeted her arrest, reports The Daily Dot.

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