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MicaelS

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Quadcopter UAV flying over Niagara Falls.

Be sure and watch the beginning to see how small it actually is. Then watch the video in 1080P to see the awesome footage.

Here's the UAV - DJI Phantom and they're less than $500, and all you need to add is batteries and a camera.

And yes they had to get special permission to fly there as it is restricted airspace.

This video was taken from an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operating in US and Canadian Restricted Airspace. Operating a UAS in this airspace presents a hazard to other aircraft and people and requires specific approval of the FAA and other agencies.






Meet the Down's Syndrome man that's become an Elite Athlete



He can bench press OVER 400 pounds.

NASA’s Plutonium Problem Could End Deep-Space Exploration

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/09/plutonium-238-problem/

I know there are people who are anti-nuclear, but to lose deep-space exploration over a lack of plutonium-238 is simply unacceptable to me. Period.

But, once again Congressional stupidity is at fault here, not anti-nuclear activism.


In 1977, the Voyager 1 spacecraft left Earth on a five-year mission to explore Jupiter and Saturn. Thirty-six years later, the car-size probe is still exploring, still sending its findings home. It has now put more than 19 billion kilometers between itself and the sun. Last week NASA announced that Voyager 1 had become the first man-made object to reach interstellar space.

None of this would be possible without the spacecraft’s three batteries filled with plutonium-238. In fact, Most of what humanity knows about the outer planets came back to Earth on plutonium power. Cassini’s ongoing exploration of Saturn, Galileo’s trip to Jupiter, Curiosity’s exploration of the surface of Mars, and the 2015 flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft are all fueled by the stuff. The characteristics of this metal’s radioactive decay make it a super-fuel. More importantly, there is no other viable option. Solar power is too weak, chemical batteries don’t last, nuclear fission systems are too heavy. So, we depend on plutonium-238, a fuel largely acquired as by-product of making nuclear weapons.

But there’s a problem: We’ve almost run out.

Many of the eight deep-space robotic missions that NASA had envisioned over the next 15 years have already been delayed or canceled. Even more missions — some not yet even formally proposed — are silent casualties of NASA’s plutonium poverty. Since 1994, scientists have pleaded with lawmakers for the money to restart production. The DOE believes a relatively modest $10 to 20 million in funding each year through 2020 could yield an operation capable of making between 3.3 and 11 pounds of plutonium-238 annually — plenty to keep a steady stream of spacecraft in business.

When Democrats lose in heavily Democratic districts..

That tells a logical person that those Democrats are wrong on the issues. But you don't want to hear that. Instead you want to indulge in paranoid conspiracy fantasies about the evil "other". In fact you come perilously close to engaging in Eliminationist rhetoric.

There are Democrats who support the RKBA. They are not willing to support Democrats who attempt to abridge that right. All Giron and Morse had to do was vote against the gun bills, and they would still be in office. But they chose not to do that and we see the consequences. Furthermore, both her and Morse refuse to accept that it was their own fault. Politicians who lose seldom do.

I have seen very few politicians ever say:

"I was obviously wrong on the issues, and that is why the voters tuned me out of office."

And you can't say that either. You probably never will able to do so. No matter how many elections supporting an issue costs them, people like you and Morse, still feel "that they are in the right."

Because there are Democrats who support the RKBA.

And are not willing to support Democrats who attempt to abridge that right. All Giron and Morse had to do was vote against the gun bills, and they would still be in office. But they chose not to do that and we see the consequences. Furthermore, both her and Morse refuse to accept that it was their own fault. Politicians who lose seldom do.

I have seen very few politicians ever say:

"I was obviously wrong on the issues, and that is why the voters tuned me out of office."
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