The World’s Smartest Drone available for Sale Now at $1,399

3D Robotics SOLO Quadcopter with 3-Axis Gimbal

3DRThe world’s smartest drone is also the easiest to fly. With features like pushbutton flight and computer-assisted Smart Shots, Solo makes it easy for anyone to get professional aerial photos and video. Solo is powered by two 1 GHz computers for the best and smoothest aerial photography experience imaginable, including many world-first technologies and a host of built-in safety and support features. And it’s the only all-in-one drone to offer live video streaming in vivid HD from your GoPro® directly to your mobile device—at ranges up to half a mile.
WHY A GoPro DRONE VS. BUILT-IN CAMERA?
Besides the standard and obvious multi-use advantages, versatility and overall superior quality of the camera itself, the GoPro that is used with the Solo has several fields of view (FOVs) to choose from, each emulating the look of a different lens focal length.  At Medium or Narrow field of view, the footage minimizes most or all of the fisheye curve.  Any unwanted curve in the footage can instantly be removed in post with the included GoPro software. In addition to that, there are several aftermarket lens add-ons that can be used with the GoPro, adding increased functionality, including a rectilinear lens, if that is the look you’d like to shoot with. In comparison, the Phantom 3 uses a rectilinear lens which is designed to inherently remove the fish eye effect. This lens however, is not free from distortion.  As the camera pans, or objects move through the frame, an unwanted exaggerated transformation of shapes occurs.  For example, as a car drives through the frame, at the edges of the frame, it appears as a stretch limo, as it nears the center, it squeezes into the shape of a smart car, and then back into a limo again as it nears the other side of the frame. This can be seen if filming a sectional fence head on. While the human eye sees that the fence is composed of sections of equal lengths, the image on the screen would appear that there are much larger gaps in the fence sections towards the edges of frame.
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Big Government Is an Anchor on America’s Economy, Undermining Investment and Wage Growth

Originally posted on International Liberty:

There’s an old saying that you shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds you. Unfortunately, politicians in Washington don’t follow that advice.

Let me explain. All economic theories – even Marxism and socialism – agree that capital formation is a necessary condition for long-run growth and higher wages.

The Marxists and the socialists are misguided in thinking that government has the capacity to be in charge of saving and investing, but at least they recognize that you have to set aside some of today’s income to finance tomorrow’s growth. And they even understand that capital formation leads to more productivity and higher wages.

The politicians, however, act as if they don’t understand the importance of saving and investment. Or, based on the policies we get from Washington, maybe they simply don’t care about the well-being of workers, savers, and investors.

Which is a very short-sighted attitude since capital formation…

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What’s HOT and what’s NOT in the US Real Estate Market as of Spring 2015

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When it comes to negotiating power, it’s better to be a home seller in the Bay Area and a buyer in Philadelphia. Zillow’s spring analysis of buyers’ and sellers’ markets across the U.S. looked at how long homes spend on the market, how likely they are to have had a price cut and how much they sold for in relation to their listing price.

The nation’s top sellers’ markets are the big West Coast tech centers in San Jose, San Francisco and Seattle. Less competitive markets where buyers have time to negotiate are in the East and Midwest, including Philadelphia, Chicago and Cleveland.

The rankings are being released as home values are leveling off across the country, according to Zillow’s first quarter market reports. The Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) was up 3.9 percent from same time last year, and rents are up 3.7 percent.

You can see the full breakdown on top buyers’ and sellers’ markets below. For more on this report, check out Zillow Research.

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IMAGES: China ‘building runway in disputed South China Sea’

China is rapidly building an airstrip on an artificial island in disputed South China Sea waters, recent satellite pictures show, potentially ramping up tensions with several Southeast Asian neighbours. Fiery Cross in the Spratly Islands was little more than a reef when China began land reclamation works to turn it into an island in late 2014.

Now satellite images taken last week by DigitalGlobe and shown on the website of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) show the runway — estimated at 3.1 kilometres (1.9 miles) in total — more than one-third complete, it says.

When in operation, it says, it will be able to “accommodate almost any type of aircraft that China would want to land”.

“Before this construction China lacked the refuelling and resupply capabilities to reach the southern part of the South China Sea,” it added.

“While they have not yet been built, Fiery Cross should be big enough to accommodate hangar facilities for Chinese aircraft.”

Pictures taken less than four weeks earlier showed two sections of 468 metres and 200 metres were under construction, CSIS said, demonstrating the speed of the works.

On Wednesday, defence journal IHS Jane’s reported that pictures taken by Airbus Defence and Space on March 23 showed a section more than 500 metres long and 50 metres wide.

China claims nearly all of the South China Sea, on the basis of lines on Chinese maps published in the 1940s and locking it into disputes with several Southeast Asian neighbours.

Its island-building in the Spratlys, also claimed in whole or part by the Philippines and Vietnam among others, has been seen as part of an attempt to assert its territorial claims by establishing physical facts in the water.

Fiery Cross is known as Yongshu to Beijing, Kagitinan to Manila, and Da Chu Thap to Hanoi.

Images published this month on the website of the CSIS also showed a flotilla of Chinese vessels dredging sand onto a feature known as Mischief Reef.

That reef is about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the southwestern Philippine island of Palawan, and roughly 1,000 kilometres from the nearest major Chinese landmass.

– International outcry –

Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia have asserted their own claims in the area by stationing troops in the Spratlys and building airstrips there from the 1970s onwards.

Philippine defence ministry spokesman Peter Galvez told AFP Friday the airstrip would have “economic, environmental, diplomatic, defence”, and other implications for the Philippines, but did not elaborate.

“As we have said before, all these developments will have a grave impact across multiple dimensions of national security in the immediate to the long term,” he said.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei, in a Friday briefing, maintained that China’s island construction was “mainly for the sake of improving the relevant functions of these islands and reefs, and improving the conditions of workers on the islands and reefs”.

Such construction was also aimed at “improving search and rescue, environmental protection, security of sea lanes, and safety of fishing activities,” he added.

Vietnamese foreign ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said Thursday that construction by other countries in the Spratlys without permission from Hanoi was “totally illegal and baseless”.

Last November, the US warned that the Fiery Cross project could accommodate an airstrip.

“We urge China to stop its land reclamation program, and engage in diplomatic initiatives to encourage all sides to restrain themselves in these sorts of activities,” military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Pool said.

China’s moves in the region should spark fear around the world, with military conflict possible, Philippine President Benigno Aquino told AFP on Tuesday.

Beijing quickly dismissed his comments as “groundless”.

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PICTURE: The undersea domain in Asia

(2014) Chinese Navy submarines and warships take part in an international fleet review.

While Chinese surface vessels wrangle with their regional counterparts over disputed waters in the East and South China Seas, a quieter but potentially deadlier competition is taking place underwater. Subsurface military capabilities are proliferating across the Asia-Pacific, and while the US Navy has long dominated the undersea realm, American submarines now have plenty of company.

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China Defends the Interception of a US Navy Plane 135 miles East of Hainan Island

BEIJING — China’s Defense Ministry rejected U.S. accusations that a Chinese fighter jet’s intercept of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off the southern Chinese coast was dangerous, and blamed Washington for mounting large-scale and frequent close-in reconnaissance operations.

Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said the Chinese pilot conducted operations that were “professional and the Chinese jet kept a safe distance from the U.S. planes.”

He called the U.S. accusations “groundless” in a statement issued Saturday night, and said that China was conducting “routine identification and verification” flights.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby gave a different account Friday of the Aug. 19 encounter about 135 miles (220 kilometers) east of China’s Hainan Island. He said the Chinese jet made several close passes by the Navy P-8 Poseidon plane, coming within 30 feet (9 meters) of it at one point.

Kirby said that included the Chinese jet doing a “barrel roll” maneuver over the top of the Poseidon – a modified Boeing 737 – and passing across the nose of the Navy plane apparently to show that it was armed. Kirby said the Chinese jet’s maneuvering posed a risk to the safety of the U.S. air crew and was “inconsistent with customary international law.”

He said it was the fourth such incident since March of “close intercepts” involving Chinese jets.

The Chinese statement also said that a Navy P-3 Orion, an anti-submarine and surveillance aircraft, flew alongside the Poseidon. The Pentagon did not mention the second aircraft.

 Tensions between the two countries have risen in the South China Sea, as China disputes territorial claims with U.S. ally the Philippines, Vietnam and other neighbors.

In 2001, a Chinese jet collided with a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off Hainan Island, killing the Chinese pilot and forcing the Navy plane to make an emergency landing on the island. Washington severed military relations with China after that episode.

In the latest encounter, Yang blamed “the large-scale and highly frequent close-in reconnaissance by the U.S. against China” as “the root cause of accidents endangering the sea and air military security between China and the United States.”

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NEW Revolutionary Architectural Designs by the UK for China’s Tallest Building Ever Just May Save the World in Process

While the architectures of yesteryear are often blamed for urban decay, today’s buildings could be responsible for its renewal.

Jutting from the ground like two giant stalagmites, the latest design from UK architecture firm Chetwoods is going to blow the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, out of the water—and save the world while it’s at it. Standing a full kilometer (3,281 ft) tall, the structure might be the key to solving China’s catastrophic pollution problem on every level. Bestowing upon the project the hopeful moniker, ‘The Phoenix Towers,’ Chetwoods hopes to resurrect the Chinese city of Wutan from its ashes.

By using a complex mechanical system to simultaneously filter Wuhan’s air and water, collect solar, wind, and hydrogen power, provide produce from a massive vertical garden, harvest rainwater, house restaurants and businesses, boil biomass, and generally aim to solve every major ecological crisis faced by central China’s “Fourth Pole,” the Phoenix Towers just might live up to their name. “It doesn’t just stand there and become an iconic symbol of Wuhan, it has to do a job,” founder Laurie Chetwood said in an interview with Dezeen. “We’ve applied as many environmental ideas as we possibly could to justify the shape and the size of them.”

Aside from their super-sustainable abilities, one of the coolest things about the Phoenix Towers is that Chetwoods designed them to resonate with local religion and philosophy. The towers link Western technology and architecture to the Chinese myths of the phoenix; two towers represent the dual gender the legendary bird has in Chinese iconography, and the spirit of rebirth is spread throughout all eight hectares of the the half-mile high towers. With these spiritual considerations in mind, the firm makes a peace offering to the the somewhat rocky history of Western insensitivity when it comes to development in China. The towers also aim to attract eco-tourism, with profit margins further extending that olive branch.

 

 

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VIDEO REPORT: Peruvian Vigilantes Whip Women at a local Night Club!

 

 

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Amazing New Initiative to build a floating pool that filters river water off the shores of New York City!

+ Pool is our initiative to build a floating pool for everyone in the rivers of New York City, and we need your help. We’ve spent the last year working with engineers, swimmers, consultants and planners studying what it would take to swim in clean, natural river water right here in the city. Now with your support here on Kickstarter we can bring + Pool one giant step closer to the water.

BACKGROUND (and why we think this is a good idea)

We started + Pool last June, during what seemed like one of the hottest summers of our lives. As a New Yorker, you spend most of your time on an island surrounded by water, and when it gets as sweltering hot as it does in New York, you naturally start fantasizing about swimming in the river. But the rivers here aren’t the cleanest and swimming in them isn’t necessarily the best idea. We wanted to do something that could change that.

SOURCE: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/694835844/pool-a-floating-pool-in-the-river-for-everyone?ref=recommended

 

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VIDEO REPORT: Private Dream Chaser Space Plane to Launch 1st Orbital Flight in 2017

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