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Why are camouflage trousers ‘intimidating’ a parish council?

Name: Camouflage trousers. Age: Camouflage and trousers both have their origins in ancient times, but their marriage probably took place in the mid-19th century. Appearance: Intimidating. I expected you to say “unobtrusive”. “Intimidating” is not my word – it was parish councillor Joe Armstrong who said it. To whom? To fellow councillor Ian Dowson, at a meeting of Esh parish council in County Durham. Please …

What cities need to know about drones

As drones increasingly fly through our cities in the coming years — delivering our latest order from Amazon or other on-demand retailers — the regulation of our airspace and the environment in which we co-exist with flying robots becomes more and more present and real. The conceptual shift that we have gone through — even with the term “drone” — is quite dramatic. Mentioning drones …