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Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting - Illinois Public Media News - March 25, 2014

States Restrict Drone Use Because Of Privacy Concerns

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting is devoted to educating the public about crucial issues in the Midwest with a special focus on agribusiness and related topics such as government programs, environment and energy.

By Robert Holly

Suspended from the ceiling of the CIA's headquarters in Virginia are reminders of intelligence history: three models of the U-2, A-12, and D-21 Drone. These models are exact replicas at one-sixth scale of the real planes. All three had photograp

Citing privacy concerns, legislators throughout the country are increasingly passing laws to restrict the use of domestic drones over private land.

Categories: Government, Technology
Tags: drones

Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - March 24, 2014

Drones: Coming Soon To A Farm Near You?

The story was produced for Harvest Public Media, a collaboration of public broadcasting stations in the Midwest covering food and agriculture issues.

By Peter Gray


(Duration: 3:44)

A remote-controlled quadcopter hovers over a Bloomington, Ill., parking lot, where Colby offered test flights of new unmanned vehicle models.

Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.

Categories: Architecture, Technology
Tags: drones

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - March 12, 2014

Evolved Science: Crowds Can Catalog Bugs Faster

By Stan Jastrzebski


(Duration: 4:25)

Notes From Nature allows volunteers to digitally catalog thousands of scientific specimens, like this insect from the Calbug project.

The next evolution of science is not happening in a lab, but in a basement in a rural Florida county. Thanks to online crowdsourcing, thousands of non-scientists can visit a site called Notes From Nature and lend a hand to university researchers cataloging their collections, from bark to bugs.

Categories: Animals, Science, Technology

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