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Taylor Stakes / Trinity University

For two years, Trinity University associate professor of geosciences Ben Surpless has been bringing students to southern Utah to study the Sevier fault system.

This past trip, he tried something new: He and his students mapped the rock outcroppings with drones.

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FAA Requiring Registration For All Drones

Dec 22, 2015
U.S. Marines

The Federal Aviation Administration has estimated that one million drones will be under Christmas trees this holiday season.  As of Monday, the FAA is requiring that all of those unmanned aircraft heavier than a half-pound be registered.  

It's red and black and not much larger than a brick.

But the unmanned flying device, that looked more like a toy than a drone, was a big enough problem to put the White House, executive mansion and surrounding area on lock down for about an hour while it was checked out.

The small "unmanned aerial vehicle" was spotted flying 100 feet above Lafayette Park at lunchtime Thursday afternoon, according to the U.S. Secret Service. The park is right across the street from the White House.