Elizabeth Sheld

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Drone Crashes Near Elementary School

A drone manned by the Pennsylvania Army National Guard has crashed near Lickdale elementary school yesterday afternoon. Apr 4, 2014 7:09 AM PT

Elle Mag's '10 Most Powerful Women in D.C.' Not So Diverse

Elle Magazine published a story titled 'Meet the 10 Most Powerful Women in D.C.' this month, but the piece only includes one right-leaning woman.  It's not clear why a fashion magazine believes it is qualified to determine who are the "powerful woman" in politics, since I sure don't look for fashion advice from political publications. Alas, one thing we know for certain is that media has an ironclad sense of self importance.  Mar 23, 2014 3:15 AM PT

Poll: Almost 2/3 Oppose US Giving Up Control of the Internet

Rasmussen's latest polling effort shows that almost 2/3 (61%) of voters oppose the United States abdicating control of the internet. Last week, the government quietly announced that it would relinquish control over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) when its contract expires in the fall of 2015. Control will move to a yet-to-be established international body. Only 18% approve of the transfer.  Mar 21, 2014 5:55 AM PT

Drones on Leashes Debut at Ted 2014

Sergei Lupshin, a roboticist based in Zurich, revealed his new "leashed quadcopter drones" at at TED 2014.  Lupshin calls them "Fotokites" because they look like a kite and do not require any special piloting skills to operate. They also provide accountability for the drone's activity by connecting them to their user.  Mar 18, 2014 4:59 AM PT

The Food Police Are Back

This Friday (3/14) the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) will hold it's third meeting.  The purpose?  To "encourage Americans to focus on eating a healthful diet — one that focuses on foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent disease. A healthy diet can reduce the risk of major chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers." Mar 12, 2014 12:17 PM PT

NSA Seeks to Expand Database

Yesterday, the NSA asked the surveillance court for permission to retain millions of phone records beyond the five-year limit currently imposed on the agency.  The DOJ argued that they need to retain the data as "evidence" because of the privacy lawsuits filed after Edward Snowden revealed the administration's digital dragnet.  Feb 27, 2014 2:46 AM PT

Study: Drone Swarm Can Self-Organize in the Air

A team of Hungarian researchers have created a swarm of ten drones that can "self-organize" in the air.  The project was modeled on birds such as pigeons, "which fly in tight bunches while making adjustments and decisions." Feb 27, 2014 2:36 AM PT

Five Questions for Author Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale, a contributor here at the exclusive Conversation, has just published her first book entitled Finding Mr. Righteous.  Many know Lisa from her years as executive director of CPAC, a job she handled admirably.  Lisa's latest literary endeavor prompted me to sit down and ask  email her five questions about her book and her worldview.  I have already read Lisa's book and highly recommend it. She is a gifted writer and her story is compelling.  Feb 25, 2014 3:56 AM PT

Study: Termite Robots Build Castles, Pyramids

Robots modeled after termites are able to work independently and build castles according to a study released today in  the journal Science. The 'bots "use just a few simple rules and environmental cues" to construct pyramids and castles.  Feb 14, 2014 6:12 AM PT

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