UPS Now Runs the First Official Drone Airline

by Alex Davies, Wired

America’s newest airline will never cram you into a too-tight seat. It won’t charge too much money for too-terrible food. It won’t strand you on the tarmac without explanation. Actually, it won’t carry you anywhere at all—but it might someday carry your stuff. Today, UPS announced that its drone service is the first of its kind to be recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration as a commercial airline.

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Real-life RoboCop was at the scene of a crime. Then it moved on.

by  Katie Flaherty and Jim Seida, NBC News

When a fight broke out recently in the parking lot of Salt Lake Park, a few miles south of downtown Los Angeles, Cogo Guebara did what seemed the most practical thing at the time: she ran over to the park’s police robot to push its emergency alert button.

“I was pushing the button but it said, ‘step out of the way,’” Guebara said. “It just kept ringing and ringing, and I kept pushing and pushing.”

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Quantum computer bests all conventional computers in first claim of ‘supremacy’

by Adrian Cho, Science

The age of quantum computing may have begun not with a flashy press conference, but with an internet leak. According to a paper posted briefly—and presumably mistakenly—to a lab site, physicists at Google have used a quantum computer to perform a calculation that would overwhelm the world’s best conventional supercomputer. Although the specific computation has no known use, the result means scientists have passed a milestone known as “quantum supremacy.”

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Why don’t drones use small versions of commercial aircraft engines?

by By Greg Nichols, ZDNet

Faster, lighter, and better range. Why microturbines are the future of unmanned flight.

Ever wonder why drones don’t use the turbine engines you see under the wings of commercial airplanes? Soon they will.

There’s a race underway to bring tiny turbine engines to market to satisfy the next frontier in the drone sector: long-range, high-speed UAV that can actually carry a decent amount of cargo.

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Geography of loss—a global look at the uneven toll of suicide

by Meagan Weiland, Nirja Desai, Science Magazine

Suicide is a worldwide problem, but its effects are uneven. Although suicide rates—all rates noted here are annual deaths per 100,000 people—are rising in some countries, including the United States, most countries are seeing declines, for reasons that include restrictions on access to lethal means and improved mental health care.

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