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Things We Saw Today: Star Wars Colleagues and Friends Eulogize Carrie Fisher

So, yeah, there's pretty much only one story that's really resonating with us today, and that's the passing of Carrie Fisher. As the day has gone on, Fisher's friends and colleagues have been reacting to the news of her death publicly.

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The Future! Uber Launches Self-Driving Cars in San Francisco, Amazon Completes Drone Delivery

Who needs drivers, or shipping delays, or jobs? Wait.

The technology of the future might not quite be flying cars and jetpacks (although we've got those, too) but things we never dreamed of—or at least things that didn't have quite the immediate appeal. While it may feel like, societally, we are backsliding into the past, we've got some futuristic tech milestones happening right around us with self-driving cars and automated delivery.

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Facebook Internet Drone Crash Is Under Investigation by National Transportation Safety Board

Facebook is still hard at work trying to bring the Internet—and Facebook—to everyone around the world, and their latest plan involves solar powered drones that would fly around on their own to carry signals to remote locations. You may have seen an ad from Facebook talking up the drone's abilities, but after its test flight ended in a crash over the summer, it's now under investigation for safety concerns.

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Facebook’s Internet-Providing Drone Just Took its First Test Flight

Facebook's quest to offer more accessible internet services to the rest of the world continues onward and upward, into the literal sky, with the maiden voyage of their new drone, Aquila.

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Things We Saw Today: Sewing Patterns for the DC Comics Bombshells Heroines

If you're a cosplay aficionado who's been looking to create a costume from DC Comics Bombshells, that task just got a lot easier, thanks to this new line-up of sewing patterns from Simplicity.

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How Captain America: Civil War Romanticizes the Realities of Drone Warfare

In the first ten minutes of Captain America: Civil War, we see an example of the use of drone warfare in an international incident. Sam Wilson, a.k.a. The Falcon, introduces his colleagues to Redwing, a robotic bird-shaped drone that he has programmed to fight alongside him.

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Congress May Soon Relax Drone Regulations a Bit, but Not Enough for Big Progress

There's a bill working its way through congress that would relax regulations on commercial drone use, but it's less exciting/upsetting than it sounds, depending on your personal feelings about drones.

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Dutch Police Are Training Eagles to Battle Rogue Aerial Drones, Be Our Saviors

If they work for the police, are they legal eagles?

So, Drones vs. Eagles: weird Plants vs. Zombies knockoff or actual thing happening in the Netherlands? If you answered, "Probably neither of those," you're partially right. Dutch police really are training eagles to take law-breaking drones out of the sky. Stephen Colbert must be so proud—or disappointed it's not happening in America.

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Tokyo Fights Rogue Robots With Literal Sky Nets; This Is How It Starts

It was hardware ... in the actual sky.

Drones—commercially available quadcopters and the like—are great and versatile pieces of technology, but that versatility lends itself to less than desirable uses. This has led some cities and nations to enact laws to govern their use, but those laws are only any god if there's a way to enforce them. That's where Skynet comes in—er, sorry. Drones carrying nets. In the sky.

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Things We Saw Today: Cat Hospital Is the Soap Opera We All Need

Nurse Mittens, you homewrecker!

This video's great if only for the catastrophically terrible (read: great) puns that are littered throughout. Meow.

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Things We Saw Today: Hayley Atwell Makes Cussing Out of Fear Classy

“You ahss hewl.”

It's videos like this that not only make Hayley Atwell a Vine darling, but make us want to put her in scary situations just so we can hear her curse in an English accent.

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Drone Dad: Over-Protectiveness At Its Best Worst

"I was like...uh, wow." - Katie. RIGHT?!

So, check this Tennessee dad out. His eight-year-old daughter asks to walk to school on her own, and rather than a) trusting her to know what to do and letting her go, or b) telling her 'no,' because he doesn't think she's ready yet, he came up with this weird third option - having a drone follow her so she can keep an eye on what she's doing.

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Get All Up Inside Volcanoes With The Help Of These Brave, Doomed Drones


I'm not gonna lie, my brain spent most of its time watching this video just going "!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Which I will defend as perfectly natural, because volcanoes are all kinds of awe-inspiring badassery and drones are allowing us to get all up in their innards.

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Some Scruffy Nerf Herder Built a Millennium Falcon Drone

She's got it where it...ahhhh, you get it.

But can it make the kessel run in less than twelve parsecs? That's the real question. Well... actually, the real question is how many people are going to pipe up in the comments section about how parsecs are actually a measure of distance because they think we don't all know that and make jokes about it to mess with them. Either or.

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CNN Pulls a T.G.I.Friday’s, Inks Deal With the FAA to Launch Reporter Drones

Brace yourself for some exploitative coverage if one of them ever crashes.

What does T.G.I.Friday's have to do with drones, you ask? MORE THAN ONE WOULD THINK.

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Happy Boxing Day! Here’s A Kangaroo Punching A Drone Out Of The Sky

You're welcome, Internet.

This video was taken in Hunter Valley, Australia, and while the footage was salvaged, the device itself was damaged beyond repair. On the plus side, now little Timmy will probably feel a bit better about getting his new Christmas drone stuck in a tree already—or, if he's a different sort of kid, he'll be jealous that he didn't get any aerial kangaroo punching footage in the process. It could go either way.

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The Navy’s Newest Drone Is A Literal Robot Shark; SharkNATO Is Imminent

Jawsome or not jawsome?

Oh, it's not a "shark robot," you say? It's called the "GhostSwimmer?" Well, consider me reassured.

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So The TGI Friday Mistletoe Drone Already Slit Someone’s Face Open

We are the endless appetizers.

Last month we covered TGI Friday's "Mistletoe Drone" program, the franchise restaurant's initiative to encourage holiday cheer while simultaneously satiating their robot overlords' lust for power. Rarely has our snark been so justified. Blood hath been spilt in Brooklyn.

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Blech: Renowned Romantic Restaurant TGI Friday’s Launches Mistletoe Drones

Too Gross Is Frenching?

Of all the obligatory affection we're expected to show during the Holidays, mistletoe kisses definitely make me the most uncomfortable. But, judging from that above TGI Friday ad, I'm in the minority. People love being pressured by robots and waitstaff into swapping mozzarella-tinged spit with their dinner companions! 'Tis the season, ohohohoho!

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Olde But Goode News: Drone Discovers Abandoned Renaissance Fair On Historic Land

I said reconnaissance, you bucket of bolts! What care I for meat on a stick?

Disclaimer: this story, much like the Renaissance itself, is a little old. But does extreme radness really have an expiration date?

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