Drones drop missiles, patrol danger zones, and spy on enemies — and now, they are also being used to combat one of Ottawa's health hazards.
The Canadian capital is using drones to save the city's waterways from poisonous goose poop, according to an article in Modern Farmer. Over the past few years, Ottawa has been seen higher concentrations of E. coli bacteria and other pathogens in its water supply, and city officials are blaming geese.
Ottawa tried several tactics to get rid of the geese, including dogs and pesticides, before working with an aerial-photography company to build the Goosebuster, a $27,000 drone. Equipped with flashing lights and pre-recorded calls from hawks, eagles, and wolves, the Goosebuster is designed to swoop down on geese and scare them away from the beaches and waters.
Here's how it works:
Many residents are upset that the government is driving animals away from their natural habitat and say human pollution is the real problem. Others have suggested that the city is missing out on an opportunity to turn the goose waste into fuel, as nearby cities have done. But with the City Council eagerly expanding the project to more beaches this summer, it looks like the Goosebuster is here to stay. Kaitlin Roberts
Rebekah Aversano's brother was struck by a minivan and killed three years ago, when he was 21. Aversano's Maryland family donated Joshua's face to Richard Norris, who received a transplant in 2012 for the teeth, jaw, tongue muscles, and nerves after being severely disfigured in a years-old shooting accident, The Guardian reports. The risky procedure took the University of Maryland team 36 hours.
When Aversano met Norris, a 39-year-old from Virginia, she asked permission to stroke his face.
"Wow, this is the face I grew up with," she said.
Police detained about 20 people during an unsanctioned LGBT rights rally in central Moscow on Saturday, Reuters reports, including demonstrators and anti-gay protestors. Authorities have now blocked demonstrators from holding a pride parade 10 years in a row. Police and anti-LGBT protestors attacked, beat, and pepper-sprayed activists.
Activists, who were outnumbered by cops at Tverskaya Square, held a rainbow flag reading "Make love not war" before police took it away. Julie Kliegman
Saved by the Bell actor Dustin Diamond was convicted Friday of two misdemeanors related to a barroom stabbing last Christmas, the Associated Press reports. The Wisconsin jury cleared "Screech" of the felony charge, which was recklessly endangering public safety.
Diamond, 38, testified he had not intended to stab anybody. The victim said he hadn't known he was stabbed until he left the bar and talked to police, AP reports.
Carrying a concealed weapon carries a maximum sentence of nine months, and disorderly conduct a maximum of 90 days. Diamond's girlfriend, Amanda Schutz, was also convicted of disorderly conduct. A sentencing date has not been announced. Julie Kliegman
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said at a news conference Saturday he has no ties to the soccer governing body's corruption, which resulted in the arrests of several FIFA officials earlier this week, Mashable reports.
"Arrested for what? Next question," he told a reporter one day after easily winning re-election to his fifth term. He denied that the "high-ranking FIFA official" who wired $10 million in alleged bribes, as mentioned Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice, was him.
"Definitely that is not me," Blatter said. "I have no $10 million." Julie Kliegman
An Ohio prosecutor filed a motion Friday asking a state appeals court to correct "egregious" mistakes in clearing police officer Michael Brelo in the 2012 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man and woman, Reuters reports. Judge John O'Donnell ruled a week ago it was impossible to determine whether Brelo fired the shots that killed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams after a high-speed car chase. The officer had been charged with voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault. Julie Kliegman
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) formally launched his presidential candidacy Saturday in a Baltimore speech.
"I declare that I am a candidate for president of the United States and I am running for you," he told a crowd of supporters with his family by his side.
O'Malley spoke of striving to work toward economic, racial, marriage, and gender inequality. He'll face off against Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and likely former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee for the Democratic nomination. Julie Kliegman
The Tampa Bay Lightning bought a ticket to the Stanley Cup final with a 2-0 win over the New York Rangers in Game 7 on Friday night. After a scoreless 40 minutes in Madison Square Garden, Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat each notched a goal.
The Lightning will face the winner of tonight's Game 7 matchup between the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks. The Stanley Cup finals begin June 3. Julie Kliegman