Dan Nosowitz is PopSci.com's Associate Editor. He has previously written for Fast Company, SmartPlanet, the Billfold, and Splitsider, and got his start at the gadget blog Gizmodo. He is also the founder and editorial director of Oh Em Gee., a pop culture criticism collective based in Montreal. Dan holds an undergraduate degree in English literature from McGill University. You can follow him on Twitter.
Focusing on drones as devices of scary military surveillance and execution ignores the entire field of consumer drones--which are, basically, next-generation remote-controlled helicopters. One of the fields that's seeing the most benefit from the new world of drones is photography--suddenly, combined with tiny, amazingly capable cameras, drones can accomplish what in years past you'd need tens of thousands of dollars of crane setups and cameras to do--for only a few hundred bucks. Our friends over at Popular Photography took a look at how this new technology is revolutionizing photography and videography. Check it out here.
Defense Distributed, the Texas company that created the plans for the Liberator, a 3-D-printed gun, have received a letter to take the plans down from the internet, reports Betabeat. If you're wondering why the State Department is involved and not the ATF or the larger Justice Department, well, there's a reason.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.