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Amazon files patent on using lamp posts, cell towers, and architectural features as places to put drone landing/recharge spots: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/19/amazon-wants-to-use-lampposts-churches-as-drone-perches.html http://thenextweb.com/insider/2016/07/18/amazon-wants-special-drone-houses/

Incoming Hezbollah drone evades highly lauded Israeli drone defense system, causes consternation: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.731791

Crashed drone found near restricted airspace in Ottawa: http://www.ottawasun.com/2016/07/18/crashed-drone-found-near-parliament-hill

Drones for aircraft inspection reduce Airbus 2 hour inspections to 10 minutes: https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/18/airbus-uses-drones-to-speed-up-aircraft-inspections/

SOCOM moving from Android to Apple as its tablet/smartphone of choice: http://gizmodo.com/why-the-army-is-ditching-android-for-apple-1783907126

Google's Dave Vos, Project Wing's leader, opines about FAA's new drone regulations: http://fortune.com/2016/07/18/google-dave-vos-drone-faa/

Turnabout is fair play department: Drone used to detect/combat drug smuggling into prisons: http://www.newsweek.com/drones-prison-drugs-cayman-islands-478885

TSA to assume responsibility for clearing commercial UAS pilots: http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/faa-gives-overburdened-tsa-another-job-90080/

More editorials/summaries of the FAA rule changes: https://www.wired.com/2016/07/feds-just-put-us-back-global-drone-race/ http://www.ketv.com/news/new-faa-rules-to-open-skies-in-late-august-for-drone-journalism-business-use/40765790

Land mine detection/mapping/clearance drone: http://www.theverge.com/2016/7/19/12222104/landmine-detecting-drone-mine-kafon-drone

More drone racing hype du jour: http://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/07/18/drone-racers-dream-big-as-their-sport-gains-popularity/

Seagulls vs. drone (reportedly no one heard the screeches of "Mine! Mine!") http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/seagulls-attack-drone-in-skies-over-beach/story-29523882-detail/story.html

Early research dept: Battery using a quinone/ferrocyanide mix instead of electrolyes, initial explorations at Harvard: https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/19/harvard-vitamin-b-battery/

Drone delivery of BBQ sandwiches in Dallas: http://www.dallasnews.com/business/headlines/20160718-barbecue-delivered-by-drone-is-coming-to-a-dallas-park-near-you.ece

Software for coordinating the flight of multiple drones for light shows: http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/sph-engineering-unveils-an-addition-to-ugcs-family-ugcs-drone

And direct brain control of multiple drones using an EEG skull cap: http://www.gizmag.com/mind-controlled-drone-swarm/44417/

Drone Footage Department: More coverage of recent Dronestagram drone photography contest winners: http://time.com/4410895/drone-photo-dronestagram

The natural collision avoidance system of hummingbirds. The feathered kind: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2097846-hummingbirds-unique-way-of-seeing-prevents-them-from-crashing/

Small camera drone crash lands in Gambia, sparks general panic: http://www.freedomnewspaper.com/gambia-breaking-news-panic-grips-the-people-of-basse-as-drone-suddenly-lands-in-sarreh-bojo/

Drone use in Ghana is now illegal, and can result in 5-30 years in jail: http://citifmonline.com/2016/07/05/unauthorized-flying-of-drones-to-attract-30yr-jail-term/

Utah drone restrictions now signed into law: http://www.sltrib.com/home/4130124-155/governor-signs-drone-restriction-measure-all-utah

Drones Behaving Badly: US consulate in South Africa was overflown by illicit drone, local authorities are investigating it and the pilot is in custody: http://ewn.co.za/2016/07/19/Man-questioned-over-US-consulate-drone-not-yet-linked-to-terrorism

More Drones Behaving Badly: Interference with firefighting in California: http://www.actionnewsnow.com/news/drone-disrupts-firefighting-efforts-in-shasta-county/

And Even More Drones Behaving Badly: Injuries and property damage after fire, the firefighting plane couldn't get close due to a drone: http://www.redding.com/news/local/blaze-destroys-mobile-home-while-drone-grounds-fire-plane-37c71847-0bfd-74fb-e053-0100007f4a1c-387189641.html

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More on Arbe Robotics (Israel) radar-based avoidance systems:
http://www.timesofisrael.com/arbe-robotics-uses-radar-to-avoid-drone-crashes/

And on Airobotics (Israel), autonomous recharging drone:
http://www.irishtimes.com/business/israeli-firm-airobotics-develops-autonomous-commercial-drone-for-surveillance-1.2698343

Yuneec using Intel's 3D mapping ability for collision avoidance on Typhoon H Pro:
http://www.gizmag.com/typhoon-h-intel-obstacle-drone/44045/

Drones delivering disaster relief supplies, quick response not dependent on blocked roads for delivery of pharmaceuticals and blood:
http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2016/06/27/418366.htm

More summaries of/reaction to new FAA drone regulations.
http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/new-drone-regulations-dont-answer-all-concerns/256666981
http://www.thestarpress.com/story/opinion/columnists/ward/2016/06/27/ward-drone-regulations-race-catch-up/85953812/

Local police in Toledo, Ohio seek drone:
http://www.toledoblade.com/Police-Fire/2016/06/27/Oregon-looks-to-buy-drone.html

Sentera's image archives include 25,000,000 acres of agricultural land, collected since the 1990s.  Will be marketed for precision agriculture:
http://www.uasvision.com/2016/06/27/over-25-million-acres-of-images/

Texas A&M University and Qatar to jointly research drone technology, exchange program for students, joint projects:
http://feedly.com/i/entry/ZjcnckJXd+RWKt8XLx6/tjdEjF5+RPXDZJX946AEX9k=_1557bc8ee6c:116693:338734fa

Hover Camera touted again:
https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/27/hover-camera-is-a-personal-drone-for-selfie-lovers/?ncid=rsssr_share=twitter

Analysis thumbnail of GoPro's recent financial problems, in light of FAA's new drone regulations:
http://seekingalpha.com/article/3984352-drone-rules-put-final-nail-coffin-gopro

More on problems of interdicting contraband sent into prisons using droens:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/prisons-fight-drug-smuggling-drones/

DARPA TERN project - fixed wing multipurpose autonomous recon/cargo delivery drone.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/06/27/darpas_flying_wing_drone_inches_closer_to_liftoff/

Privacy and drones are at root of many complaints to New Zealand's civil aviation department.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/81461614/peeping-incidents-among-dronerelated-complaints-made-to-civil-aviation-authority

Vancouver first responders get drone for rescue work:
http://globalnews.ca/news/2787255/north-shore-rescue-adds-a-drone-to-its-slate-of-tools/

Drone racing hype du jour - this time in Canada:
http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreal-drone-expo-drone-racing-poised-to-take-off-in-canada

Drones Behaving Badly Department:  Repeat offender in Washington DC cited for flight over Anacostia Park:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/06/27/drone-operator-cited-dc-flight/86426322/

Drones Behaving Badly Department:  Errant drone may have contributed to injury-causing two-car automotive crash in Michigan.  Police are investigating:
http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2016/06/drone_flight_ties_to_crash_tha.html

Robots, not Drones:  Cozmo, tiny interactive toy robot, to come with open SDK:
http://io9.gizmodo.com/this-cute-robot-is-the-coolest-toy-since-furby-1782578068

Robots, not Drones:  Boston Dynamics' Spot Mini.  Slightly creepy quadruped with an arm and grasping hand.  Claims to b quiet (a downfall of its bigger siblings)
http://video.scroll.in/810615/watch-googles-robotics-lab-built-a-pet-robot-dog-that-can-also-do-the-dishes

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Media reaction to./coverage of new US regulations governing commercial drones (some highlights: some night flight, line of sight only, no overflight of people, below 400 ft, drone+payload or package <55lbs, not from moving vehicles, pilots' certificate required, no airworthiness certifications needed for now):
http://www.govexec.com/management/2016/06/commercial-drone-industry-finally-governed-real-rules/129277/
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/06/21/faa-commercial-drone-rules/85641170/
http://fortune.com/2016/06/21/drone-faa-rules-commercial-business/
https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/06/21/faa-issues-commercial-drone-rules/krJPyTfeYleJijqxCH9puO/story.html
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-faa-drone-rules-20160621-story.html
http://time.com/4376487/obama-administration-drone-business/

And video editorial on the rules from the Wall Street Journal:
http://www.wsj.com/video/us-commercial-drone-rules-dont-address-all-issues/E0C4CF8F-43C4-4171-B3B1-BC649B36E187.html

European efforts to evolve drone regulations stall (behind paywall):
http://www.wsj.com/articles/europes-push-for-regionwide-drone-regulations-faces-headwinds-1466456234

Japanese agricultural drone delivers targeted pest control:
http://www.cnet.com/news/japan-develops-a-drone-to-patrol-farmland-and-destroy-insect-pests/

Airobotics bets financial backing for commercial/heavy industrial drones ($28.5M):
https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/21/airobotics-raises-28-5m-to-pursue-autonomous-drone-platforms-for-heavy-industry/?ncid=rss

Drone landing platform/nest includes robotic arm for battery swap:
http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/21/11989734/watch-this-robotic-arm-swap-fresh-batteries-into-an-autonomous-drone

Ljungberg Lab, Sweden tests thermal camera-equipped drones for fire spotting, mapping and control:
http://www.rslab.se/2016/06/22/slus-drones-goes-thermal/

DroneSheld (Australia/Virginia) attracts more investment in its drone detection/interdiction system:
http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/breaking-news/droneshield-flies-in-asx-market-debut/news-story/e60e1491da105aac1cbf14bb41060ad8

Drone delivery, small scale - coffee fix for boaters in Oregon:
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2016/06/21/Drone-delivers-coffee-to-Oregon-boaters/7031466536314/

Robots, not drones:  Actually, both historical and new. Mechanical automata, hand made by contemporary artist:
http://www.happinessishorizontal.co.uk/

Drones in the arctic - commercial use for oil and gas, real estate, inspection in a hostile environment:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/startups/northern-entrepreneurs-see-big-potential-for-drones-in-the-arctic/article30495504/

US Army and. drone swarms:  Coverage of DARPA's Gremlins program (groups of cooperative, aircraft-deployed drones):
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/06/21/the-army-has-a-critical-gap-stopping-drone-swarms-now-its-doing-something-about-it/

Finalists in Mitre's counter-drone competition announced. Includes DroneTraker, Lockheed Martin's Icarus, KNOX from My Defence, Open Works' Skywall, and others.  But not Mitre-counterpart, Battelle.
http://www.uasvision.com/2016/06/22/mitre-announces-counter-drone-challenge-finalists/

Military Drones:  Drone controls inside a Belgain built tank/armored vehicle, flies drone above vehicle for additional scouting/situational awareness.
http://www.popsci.com/new-tank-turret-can-control-drones-too

Drone Tech Department:  Wankel engine rides again?  Possible use for light-weight engine in gas-powered drones, ground robots:
https://www.wired.com/2016/06/tiny-engine-one-step-closer-powering-drones-electric-cars/

Drones Behaving Badly Department:  Interference with firefighting planes and manned copters fighting fires in Utah.  Again.
http://fox13now.com/2016/06/21/drone-use-prevents-aerial-firefighting-efforts-in-utah-wildfire/

Drones Behaving Badly Department:  And another near-encounter at a Canadian airport:
http://www.calgarysun.com/2016/06/20/another-close-call-between-passenger-plane-and-drone-at-yyc-airport

Drones Behaving Badly Department: Harassing falcons in South Bend, Indiana:
http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/drone-encounter-worries-south-bend-falcon-watchers/article_20cca811-3ce4-552c-8444-244c40c56223.html

Drones Behaving Badly Department:  Drone overflight sparks threat perception and security response at UK movie premiere:
http://www.tmz.com/2016/06/19/johnny-depp-terrorist-threat-drone-alice-premiere/

Drone Footage Department:  Flight through a neo-Byzantine church in France (1800s):
http://sploid.gizmodo.com/drone-footage-inside-a-19th-century-church-looks-too-in-1782343256

Drone Footage Department:  Exploring an abandoned hospital in New Orleans:
http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2016/06/watch_drone_video_of_charity_h.html