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The ‘Projector Drone’ does not record the world around it. It broadcasts onto it.

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The Columbia Packing Company in Dallas, Texas that was discovered in 2011 to have been dumping blood into a river after a drone enthusiast captured aerial photos of the meat-packing plant was fined $100,000 for violating water code.

by   -   April 16, 2014

Photo of Kele Stanley's hexcopter drone, taken by the Clark County's Sheriff's Office.

Photo of Kele Stanley’s hexcopter drone, taken by the Clark County’s Sheriff’s Office.

Kele Stanley, a Springfield, Ohio-based videographer, has been charged with a felony after operating a drone near an accident.

by   -   April 13, 2014

Each day, as more stories of drones being used for environmental research, wildlife management, and journalism come to light, public perception of this technology shifts. There are signs that the word “drone” is beginning to shake an association with “weapons” in the court of public opinion, and unmanned aircraft systems are being thought more of as universal tools that can be used a variety of useful purposes.

As public opinion can shape regulations, journalists seeking to use this technology would be wise to safely demonstrate drones in front of the public.

by   -   March 13, 2014

If you frequently read articles about robots, you may have heard of the “3 D’s,” also known as Dull, Dangerous, and Dirty.

by   -   March 8, 2014

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It’s now legal to fly a model aircraft for non-recreational use in the United States without authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration. That much is certain, given that a federal judge has ruled the FAA doesn’t have adequate regulations to cover small, low-flying, unmanned aircraft.

by   -   March 4, 2014

Jack Freer's DJI Phantom returning from taking aerial photos of the Bison wildland fire on July 4, 2013.

Jack Freer’s DJI Phantom returning from taking aerial photos of the Bison wildland fire on July 4, 2013.

Normally, a cannon manned by California highway department is used to blast away at potentially dangerous snow banks on top of the 8,652-foot tall Carson Pass. But these are not normal times.

by   -   March 3, 2014

Wake Forest University biology graduate student Max Messinger and biology professor Miles Silman, with their robotic aircraft. Photo via news.wfu.edu.

Wake Forest University biology graduate student Max Messinger and biology professor Miles Silman, with their robotic aircraft. Photo via news.wfu.edu.

When a pipe under a North Carolina coal ash pond burst on February 2, the effect was devastating. Coal combustion waste containing heavy metals and other carcinogenic compounds contaminated the Dan River 70 miles downstream of the spill.

by   -   February 27, 2014

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The overriding question concerning a recent episode of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio program “The Current” was “is Canada ready for drone journalism?”

The College of the North Atlantic, and Professional Society of Drone Journalists Vice President Ian Hannah, didn’t just show how journalists already are using the technology, but demonstrated how Canada is among worldwide leaders in drone innovation.

by   -   February 25, 2014

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Every month, I have the pleasure of looking through the bios of the latest members joining the Professional Society of Drone Journalists and learning more about the great journalists, educators, engineers, developers and operators looking to deploy small unmanned systems to increase public knowledge and understanding.

by   -   February 24, 2014

On February 1, a photojournalist named Pedro Rivera arrived on the scene of a fatal car accident in Hartford Connecticut, and deployed a small drone to record police activities.

by   -   February 19, 2014

A DJI Phantom 2 Vision kit, similar to the one operated by Pedro Rivera. Rivera is suing two police officers from the Hartford, Conn. police department for alleged First and Fourth Amendment violations.

A DJI Phantom 2 Vision kit, similar to the one operated by Pedro Rivera. Rivera is suing two police officers from the Hartford, Conn. police department for alleged First and Fourth Amendment violations.

Yesterday, Pedro Rivera, a Connecticut-based photographer and drone journalist, filed a Federal lawsuit alleging he was impeded from his First Amendment right to monitor police, and that police threatened his job at a television news station.

by   -   February 17, 2014

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The story of Romania’s treatment of the Roma community is gaining renewed attention, with a report about the country’s second-largest city evicting 76 families and relocating them to the top of a chemical waste dump.

Recently, the Telegraph dispatched journalists and a drone to report on the plight of the Roma community atop the dump known as Parta Rat.

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