Illinois Public Media News

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - May 29, 2014

Text To 911 Expanding In Indiana; Champaign County A Few Months Away

By Jeff Bossert

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(Duration: 2:40)

The country’s major wireless carriers recently began providing service that allows cell phone users to contact emergency service via text message. But local emergency agencies are only hooked up to take Text-to-911 in a handful of areas.  And downstate Illinois is not among them. 

Categories: Technology

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - May 27, 2014

Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders

By Jon Hamilton

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(Duration: 3:47)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is launching a $70 million program to help military personnel with psychiatric disorders using electronic devices implanted in the brain.




NPR - Illinois Public Media News - May 16, 2014

Are Filmmakers Using Drones Illegally? Looks Like It

By Aarti Shahani

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(Duration: 4:20)

Jeff Blank, of Los Angeles-based Drone Dudes, prepares a quadcopter for takeoff. The drone has to chase a motorcycle down a hill.

It is illegal in the U.S. to operate a drone for cash. That's the position of the Federal Aviation Administration — which is in charge of protecting air space. But at least one industry has decided that it doesn't care and it's going to put drones to work anyway: the film industry.

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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - May 05, 2014

Drone Journalism Can’t Fully Take Flight Until Regulators Act

By Elise Hu

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(Duration: 4:34)

Matt Waite (standing at right) leads the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

What was once experimental is now becoming more common: Journalists and photographers are increasingly putting small commercial drones in the air to shoot photo and video. But when they do, they're on shaky legal ground. Federal regulators currently prohibit drone use for commercial purposes — including reporting — as they work to write longer term guidelines on who can fly small drones, and where.


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