WATCH: North California Fire Doesn't Deter USPS Mailman From Delivering Post

International Business Times

A drone video captured by professional drone operator and photographer Douglas Thron, reportedly before the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a no-fly restriction, showed fire-wrecked Santa Rosa, California on Wednesday where a Postal Services worker was seen dutifully delivering mail to addresses- the delivery van winding its way through rubbles of houses, blackened trees and wrecked remains of cars. The video garnered over 500,000 views on YouTube at the time of publishing this story. According to Mercury News, aerial photographer Thron was shooting a video footage of Coffey Park, a neighborhood that had been ripped apart by the recent fires starting Sunday, when he was surprised to notice the clean, white USPS truck. "It was a trippy thing – he was actually delivering the mail," Thron told the paper. "I was shocked to see him because most of the roads were blocked off, but he obviously had access."

Self-flying drones may be the next emergency responders


Imagine thousands of "talking" drones, able to act as one to perform high-level rescue missions in the face of imminent danger. Sounds like a scene straight out of a Hollywood movie, but in a University of Pennsylvania lab, engineers have produced just that. "Swarm" drones, which can navigate on their own and coordinate with one another using sophisticated metric technology, could become the next fleet of emergency responders. These devices can function as a rescue unit to investigate an active crime scene or natural disaster – capturing images and other data that could help law enforcement plan next steps from a safe distance, said Penn researcher and team member Giuseppe Loianno. "Imagine in the case of a fire, the drones can be sent," said Loianno.

Today: New Light on U.S. 'Shadow Wars.' The Film Academy's Chosen Ones.

Los Angeles Times

Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. The U.S. isn't officially at war in Yemen, Pakistan, Libya and Somalia, but the American military and CIA carry out drone attacks there targeting militants that sometimes kill civilians too. The number of them is a subject of dispute: Sources say President Obama will reveal that such strikes have killed about 100 civilians since 2009. Human rights groups put the figure much higher. Meet one Yemeni man who says he was handed a plastic bag with 100,000 in cash after his brother-in-law and a nephew were killed.

See Where Drones Are Most Popular in America

TIME - Tech

From movie shoots to search-and-rescue operations to your neighborhood park, drones are everywhere. This week, the Federal Aviation Administration released data revealing the exact whereabouts of the country's registered drones. Among the findings: Los Angeles County is the drone capital of America, with 12,250 registered drones. In second place is Arizona's Maricopa County, home to a number of Phoenix-based aerial photography companies. Looking at the data from a per capita perspective, Hinsdale County, Colorado wins out, with 5.2 drones for every 1,000 people.

How Drones Will Impact Society: From Fighting War to Forecasting Weather, UAVs Change Everything


UAVs are tackling everything from disease control to vacuuming up ocean waste to delivering pizza, and more. Drone technology has been used by defense organizations and tech-savvy consumers for quite some time. However, the benefits of this technology extends well beyond just these sectors. With the rising accessibility of drones, many of the most dangerous and high-paying jobs within the commercial sector are ripe for displacement by drone technology. The use cases for safe, cost-effective solutions range from data collection to delivery. And as autonomy and collision-avoidance technologies improve, so too will drones' ability to perform increasingly complex tasks. According to forecasts, the emerging global market for business services using drones is valued at over $127B. As more companies look to capitalize on these commercial opportunities, investment into the drone space continues to grow. A drone or a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) typically refers to a pilotless aircraft that operates through a combination of technologies, including computer vision, artificial intelligence, object avoidance tech, and others. But drones can also be ground or sea vehicles that operate autonomously.