Mary Beth Griggs
at 10:36 AM Feb 19 2015
Science // 

If you're looking for a quiet getaway, you might take a bit of very old advice and head for the west. This map, showing the quietest places in the contiguous United States, was presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. To some extent, the results aren't surprising--big cities are definitely more noisy than rural mountainous areas, but it is nice to know that quiet places still exist.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 07:32 AM Aug 8 2014
Drones // 

According to the US National Park Service, a tourist crashed a camera-equipped drone into Grand Prismatic Spring, the park's largest geothermal hot spring. In May, the National Park Service banned drones from Yosemite National Park, and in June that ban expanded to include all national parks. The Prismatic Spring crash is not the first drone crash on a national park, and it's unlikely to be the last.

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