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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

Republicans Take San Diego’s Mayor Race Despite Obama Endorsement

Looks like an Obama endorsement isn't carrying as much weight as it used to carry. Alvarez got a last minute endorsement from the President, but to little effect.  No doubt the endorsement was to drive people to the polls on election day, Alvarez' strong suit.  Feb 12, 2014 4:43 AM PT


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