FAA Releases New Rules for Commercial Drones

New Guidelines Have Big Implications for News Reporting

by Joseph Newbury, age 12

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently released rules about commercial use of drones. According to these new guidelines drones can now be used by journalists.

In 2013, Matt Waite, a journalist and educator, was given $50,000 from the government to start a drone program named the “Drone Journalism Lab.” That Summer Waite received a note from the FAA informing him that he can’t use drones for journalism. At the time, it was only okay to fly a drone for commercial purposes if one had a pilot’s license, which Waite later obtained. However, it was hard for many people to obtain a pilot’s license while they already had busy jobs as journalists.

The new rules state that one no longer needs a pilot’s license to use drones for commercial purposes. But one does need to pass a 40-question multiple choice quiz, understand English and be at least 16 years old. [Read More]

Slavery: A Brutal Piece of America's History

by Cynthia Hernandez, age 14

America owes its riches to African slaves. The institution of slavery started during the 17th and 18th centuries in the United States. The country had plenty of natural resources, but it did not have enough labor to farm the land. To the rich white plantation owners, African slaves seemed to be a perfect solution. While there were Irish and European slaves, they were not as abundant as slaves of African origin. Also, Africans were not susceptible to “Old World” diseases such as measles.

Slaves were known to be the cheapest and most reliable labor. Also, these slaves were highly skilled in many areas. They were craftsmen, who knew a great deal about cotton and rice cultivation, which made them more valuable. [Read More]

Slender Short-Beaked Common Dolphins Slither through the Seas

by Kemoni Williams, age 11

What’s black, white, and fishy all over? The Short-Beaked Common Dolphin species, that’s who. The Short-Beaked Common Dolphins’ scientific name is Delphinus Delphi. Dolphins live in temperate and warm waters. They can reach six and a half to eight and a half feet in length and typically weigh 155 to 250 pounds.

Despite their hefty size, Common Dolphins are very fast swimmers. Highly active in the water, they often are seen playing in groups and riding the waves from large boats. [Read More]

How Do We Know
When We’re Hungry?

by Jada Smith, age 12

Just because a person wants to eat, it doesn't mean he or she is truly hungry. Hunger is caused when blood vessels lack nutritive materials and a message is sent to the hunger center of the brain. The brain tells the stomach and intestines to become more active; that's why a hungry person hears his or her stomach rumble. A calm individual can live longer without food while, an excitable person uses up the food they have stored quicker.

When a person is hungry, he or she doesn't crave just one food in particular. Bodies just want nourishment. Our appetites ensure that we eat more than one food in particular, because eating only one food would be unhealthy. It would also get quite boring to eat the same thing every day. [Read More]