Security scare: Drone flying close to White House prompts lockdown

white house twitch gaming tournament health insurance awareness version 1481207877
The White House was locked down briefly Thursday afternoon after a drone was spotted about 100 feet in the air in nearby Lafayette Square.

The operator of the multi-blade remotely controlled copter was quickly located by Secret Service agents who ordered the man to bring his flying machine back to the ground. Members of the U.S. Park Police then took him into custody.

It’s not currently known why the individual was flying the unmanned aerial vehicle in such a sensitive area – drone flights are banned not only around the White House but in the whole of Washington, DC – although an initial inspection showed the copter to be harmless. President Obama was not in the White House at the time of the incident.

A Washington Post report said the drone was spotted close to Pennsylvania Avenue, which runs right by the president’s official residence, at around 1pm on Thursday. Roads were closed and the White House was temporarily locked down as investigators sought to locate the owner of the flying machine, believed to be a Parrot Bebop. The $500 Bebop proved a hit with DT reviewer Drew Prindle recently when he took the device out for a test fly – check out his in-depth review here.

Thursday’s incident comes four months after another drone operator accidentally sent his machine crashing onto the lawn of the White House, evading detection and embarrassing security officials in the process.

The flier turned out to be an inebriated intelligence agency worker who in the early hours had decided to attempt a fly-by of the iconic building. Security at the White House came under scrutiny following the incident and officials are now looking into how it can better protect the location from incoming drones.

Recent reports indicate the Secret Service has been carrying out late-night tests of detection and signal-jamming equipment in no-fly zones in an effort to beef up White House security against autonomous and remotely controlled flying machines.


Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e in the U.K.

The Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e have all been officially announced and can be pre-ordered right now, with deliveries expected on March 8. If you're in the U.K., this is where you need to go to buy one.

Microsoft extension adds Google Chrome support for Windows Timeline

The Windows Timeline feature is now much more versatile thanks to the added support for Google's Chrome browser. All you need to do to increase its functionality is to download the official Chrome extension.
Movies & TV

Bill and Ted 3 celebrates the franchise's 30th birthday with excellent teaser

As the Bill and Ted franchise turns 30, a third installment that the cast and creative team call Bill and Ted Face the Music is officially in preproduction, though there are big hurdles to overcome.
Movies & TV

Stay inside this winter with the best shows on Hulu, including 'Legion'

It's often overwhelming to navigate Hulu's robust library of TV shows. To help, we put together a list of the best shows on Hulu, whether you're into frenetic cartoons, intelligent dramas, or anything in between.
Emerging Tech

Hong Kong’s vision for a smart prison is a full-blown Orwellian nightmare

Hong Kong wants to bring prisons up to date by introducing new location-tracking wristbands for inmates, and a robot arm whose job is to comb through poop on the lookout for contraband.
Emerging Tech

No faking! Doctors can now objectively measure how much pain you’re in

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have discovered the blood biomarkers that can objectively reveal just how much pain a patient is in. Here's why that's so important.
Emerging Tech

We tried a $500 electronic dab rig, and now we can’t go back to normal vaporizers

Induction heating is the future of cannabis vaporizers. Loto Labs wowed us with what likely is the best concentrate vaporizer on the market today. With a $500 price tag, it's expensive, but it should definitely be your next dab rig.
Emerging Tech

SeaBubbles’ new electric hydrofoil boat is the aquatic equivalent of a Tesla

What do you get if you combine a Tesla, a flying car, and a sleek boat? Probably something a bit like SeaBubbles, the French "flying" boat startup which offers a fresh spin on the hydrofoil.
Emerging Tech

Israel will launch world’s first privately funded moon mission tomorrow

This week will see the world's first privately funded lunar mission launch. Israel's first mission to the moon will be launched aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday, February 21.
Emerging Tech

FDA warns about the dangers of anti-aging blood transfusions

It turns out injecting old people with blood from healthy youngsters may not be the answer to health rejuvenation. That’s according to the FDA, which says such claims are dangerous junk science.
Emerging Tech

Bees can do arithmetic, setting the scientific community abuzz

A new study has found something remarkable: Bees can do basic arithmetic. Researchers showed that bees could use colors as representations for numbers and then use those colors for addition and subtraction.
Emerging Tech

DeepSqueak is a machine learning A.I. that reveals what rats are chatting about

Want to know what rats are squeaking about? You'd better check out DeepSqueak, the new deep learning artificial intelligence developed by researchers at the University of Washington.
Health & Fitness

Immune cell discovery takes us one step closer to a universal flu vaccine

A group of international researchers have made a discovery which could take us one step closer to the universal, one-shot flu vaccine that people around the world have been dreaming of.

NASA celebrates Earth’s incredible natural beauty with free photo book

NASA has published a fabulous new book featuring stunning imagery captured by its satellites over the years. A hardback version is available for $53, though it can also be downloaded to ebook readers for free, and enjoyed online.