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Drones Beaming Web Access Are in the Stars for Facebook
















At Facebook, it is the code name for a high-flying drone, indicative of the social networking ...

 In classical mythology, Aquila is the eagle carrying Jupiter’s thunderbolts skyward. At Facebook, it is the code name for a high-flying drone, indicative of the social networking company’s lofty ambitions.

The V-shaped unmanned vehicle, which has about the wingspan of a Boeing 767 but weighs less than a small car, is the centerpiece ofFacebook’s plans to connect with the five billion or so people it has yet to reach.

Taking to the skies to beam Internet access down from solar-powered drones may seem like a stretch for a tech company that sells ads to make money. The business model at Facebook, which has 1.4 billion users, has more in common with NBC than Boeing.











Ultra-green complex in Cairo features a host of energy technologies


Plenty of new buildings are now being built with technologies to help minimize environmental impact. Few, however, do so to the extent that Cairo, Egypt's, upcoming Gate Residence will. The complex will feature windcatchers, geothermal cooling, solar panels, solar heater tubes and wind turbines.


3D Organ Printing


Surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates an early-stage experiment that could someday solve the organ-donor problem: a 3D printer that uses living cells to output a transplantable kidney. Using similar technology, Dr. Atala's young patient Luke Massella received an engineered bladder 10 years ago; we meet him onstage.


Drone Regulations


(Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama’s administration took the first step to opening the skies above the U.S. to widespread civilian drone flights while proposing strict limits on commercial operations and privacy rules for those flown by government agencies.

The Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday unveiled a proposal to permit businesses to use small unmanned aircraft, so long as they are flown at low altitudes by a person who is at least 17 years old, passes a knowledge test and gets an FAA certificate. Flights wouldn’t be allowed out of sight of the operator or over crowds, and couldn’t exceed 100 miles (161 kilometers) an hour, according to a fact sheet issued by the agency.

“Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace and this milestone allows federal regulations and the use of our national airspace to evolve to safely accommodate innovation,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a release.


Pizza deliveries or flights to bring goods to people’s homes, like those envisioned by Amazon Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, won’t be permitted. Google Inc. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. have also experimented with such technology.

Operators must stay out of airport flight paths and couldn’t drop objects from a drone.

Even with those limits, the twin announcements by the Transportation Department’s FAA and the White House were the most significant attempt so far to set a framework for controlling a new technology that has at times evolved faster than the government was able to react.


Allowing drones to be flown for business purposes in the U.S. may produce $100 million or more in economic benefits, according to the FAA.











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