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The Morning After: Monday, May 8th 2017

Hey, good morning!

Monday’s back. But before dealing with that, read about how Facebook may be planning its own TV-like shows, how Android Pay might use your your face, and NASA’s plans of where to go next in the Solar System.

The ridiculously sharp picture is just one reason.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ team explains why it used Red’s 8K camera

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the first movie shot with Red’s 8K Weapon camera, but why? The camera maker has posted a behind-the-scenes look at the movie that, to no one’s surprise, talks a lot about why the Vol. 2 team shot with such relatively exotic gear. As director of photography Henry Braham summarizes: the Weapon is a “large format” camera that’s simultaneously “tiny.” That let the crew shoot very detailed imagery regardless of the shot — important for a CG-heavy movie, since it maintains a consistently sharp look. It meant they could use the same cameras for handheld close-ups or unusual rigs, such as a spider rig that flies along a wire.

The mission it chooses will launch in 2024.
NASA is reviewing candidates for its next Solar System mission

The Space Agency might be focusing on Mars recently, but it hasn’t forgotten the rest of the Solar System. NASA has begun reviewing the 12 proposals it received for the New Frontiers program, the same one that gave rise to New Horizons, Juno and other notable unmanned missions. All the proposals will go through scientific and technical probing with the next seven months, with one or a few moving on to the next phase of the selection process. It will choose the best mission to develop in 2019 and will spend up to $1 billion to make it a reality.

It’s also pushing an Autopilot update that catches up with the original.
Tesla collects videos from cars to improve its self-driving tech

Tesla has pushed an Autopilot update that, in addition to bringing newer vehicles up to snuff , includes a new data policy that mentions collecting “short video clips” from external cameras in the name of autonomous driving upgrades. The footage will help Tesla’s systems learn how to recognize lanes, signs and other visual cues that cars need to get around. The Autopilot update itself is big news, at least if you own a recent (October 2016 or later) Model S or Model X. In many ways, these newer vehicles finally have Autopilot limits on par with earlier cars.

Finding something to play is tricky, too.

The Nintendo PlayStation can finally play CD games

Ah, the fabled Nintendo PlayStation: a very cool prototype of what might have been, but with a CD drive that couldn’t actually play games. Until now.Professional tinkerer Ben Heckendorn (aka Ben Heck) has managed to get the CD drive working, including games. The solution, as he explains, involved replacing some “questionable” capacitors and “jiggling some things around” — he was caught off-guard when things started working.

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UK drone rules will require you to take safety tests

UK drone rules will require you to take safety tests

US officials might be easing up on drone regulations, but their UK counterparts are pushing forward. The British government has instituted rules that require you to not only register any robotic aircraft weighing over 250g (0.55lbs), but to take a "safety awareness" test to prove you understand the drone code. Regulators hope that this will lead to fewer drones flying over airports and otherwise causing havoc in British skies. Not that they're taking any chances -- the UK is also planning wider use of geofencing to prevent drones from flying into dangerous airspace.

The new rules come following a study highlighting the dangers of wayward drones. A smaller drone isn't necessarily safer than its larger alternatives, for example -- many of those more compact models have exposed rotors that can do a lot of damage. A drone weighing around 400 g (0.88lbs) can crack the windscreen of a helicopter, while all but the heaviest drones will have trouble cracking the windscreen of an airliner (and then only at speeds you'd expect beyond the airport). While you might not cause as much chaos as some have feared, you could still create a disaster using a compact drone.

It's nothing new to register drones, of course, and it doesn't appear to have dampened enthusiasm in the US. The test adds a wrinkle, though: how willing are you to buy a drone if you know you'll have to take a quiz? The test likely won't slow sales too much, if at all, but it could give people one more reason to pause before buying a drone on impulse. Manufacturers appear to be in favor of the new rulebook, at any rate -- DJI tells the BBC that the UK is striving for a "reasonable" solution that balances safety with a recognition of the advantages that drones can bring to public life.

Source: Gov.uk (1), (2)