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All The Dreamy Drone Businesses The FAA's Proposed Rules Would Kill

There are plenty of very good, fun, and helpful things that drones can do — things like monitoring crops and delivering beer and saving lives. Unfortunately, over the weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the first draft of its rules for commercial drones, and guess what? The rules would make a lot of those things illegal.

Some Good Things Drones Can (Actually) Do

While everyone is freaking out about Amazon’s plan to unleash an army of delivery drones on the world, it’s important to remember that these flying robots can do much more than just move packages.

Off-Shore Oil Rigs Have Been 'Incapacitated' By Malware Thanks To Pirated Music And Porn

Hacks have been popping up all over the place recently. Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and various news organisations. And off-shore oil rigs aren’t to be left out. According to the Houston Chronicle, more than one of the things have been “incapacitated” by malware that can be traced back to the internet’s most common vices: pirated music and porn.

US Oil Rig Explodes Off The Coast Of Louisiana

The US Coast Guard reports that an oil platform 27.3km south-east of Grand Isle, Louisiana owned by the Houston-based firm Black Elk Energy caught fire this morning. It has confirmed that two people are dead and two are missing. While it’s impossible not to think immediately of 2010’s Deep Water Horizon disaster, it’s too early to tell the extent of the damage so far.

These Giant Claws Pluck Oil Rigs From The Briny Deep

Though they weigh as much as 55,000 tonnes, the massive semi-submersible oil rigs dotting the Gulf of Mexico can still sink when faced with a hurricane’s onslaught. And there’s only one way to pull the rigs’ 6800-tonne decks off the seafloor after such a catastrophe — with America’s heaviest-lifting ship, the VB 10,000.

Exhaustive Investigation Details Final Moments Of The Doomed Deepwater Horizon

Earlier this year one of the worst oil-related disasters ever caused by man started with a deadly explosion. Now, eight months later, questions are answered. Chief among them is how a rig with so many failsafes could fail to spectacularly.

Oil Rig Converted Into Brand New Holiday Spot For Scuba Divers

Only 120 diving and snorkelling permits are granted near Sipadan island each day, and lately, some of those have been going to folks using an old oil rig’s elevator to drop right into the perfect waters.

Oil Rigs Become Luxury Hotels

What do you do with 4,000 decommissioned oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico? Instead of blowing them up—costing millions and killing aquatic life—Morris Architects’ Hotelier At Sea project turns them into Dubai-esque luxury hotels.

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