Someone flew a drone over France’s World Cup soccer team practice last week.
‘France’s manager, Didier Deschamps, was not amused. Soon after, he filed a complaint with FIFA, alleging that the drone might have been operated by a potential opponent or by a French news agency.
‘“Apparently, drones are being used more and more,” Deschamps told the BBC. “We don’t want intrusion into our privacy. It’s hard to fight.”
‘Despite Deschamps’ accusations, the operator appears to be a random fan who just wanted to catch a glimpse of the French team, according to French website BFMTV…’
But Amazon Drones Definitely Illegal
FAA Clarifies That Amazon Drones Are Illegal
‘Amazon drones aren’t taking off anytime soon — at least not until the Federal Aviation Administration says otherwise.
‘On Monday, in a document inviting public comment on drone policy, the FAA clarified that delivering packages using a drone isn’t legal.
‘The agency didn’t mention Amazon in the document specifically. But the FAA seemed to suggest that Amazon — like every other business — falls under its regulations which, they say, already prohibits the commercial use of drones.
‘Amazon, though, was unmoved. This “has no effect on our plans,” said Paul Misener, Vice President of Global Public Policy for Amazon. “This is about hobbyists and model aircrafts, not Amazon.”…’
The First Robot Newscaster in Japan
‘Watching news will never be the same again in Japan as scientists introduced the world’s first newscaster android with an eerily lifelike image, a good sense of humor and can read the news with perfect pitch.
‘Named as Kodomoroid, the prosthetic android’s tag is derived from two Japanese words ‘kodomo’ and ‘android’ which means child and android respectively. The young-looking Kodomoroid was launched Tuesday and was tasked to deliver news of an earthquake and an FBI raid in a press conference in Tokyo…’
Light Particles Sent to Time Travel into Past
‘In their experiment they made use of the closely related, fictitious, case where the photon travels through normal space-time and interacts with another photon that is stuck in a time-travelling loop through a wormhole, known as a closed timelike curve (CTC). Professor Ralph said there was no evidence that nature behaved in ways other than standard quantum mechanics predicted,but this had not been tested in regimes where extreme effects of general relativity played a role, such as near a black hole.
‘Their research, entitled “Experimental simulation of closed timelike curves“, is published in the latest issue of Nature Communications. The implications of the work are probably esoteric for now, White said. For example, what they’ve been able to demonstrate is that in the presence of a time machine, the “no-cloning” theorem that prevents the perfect copying of quantum states breaks down…’