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Space Invaders using real drones
Space Invaders using real drones

EZUZ — Ask a 1970s kid to imagine bringing his favorite video game to life, and you might hear some weird stuff involving Ms. Pac-Man. Or, he might dream about playing the legendary arcade video game Space Invaders — for real.

Well, the latter is now (kind of) possible, thanks to drones and the work of the too-much-time-on-their hands tech geniuses at this year's edition of Geekcon: a three-day event held in Israel's Negev desert and meant "for hackers, makers, geeks, tinkerers and everyone who's interested in building cool stuff."

Using eight autonomous drones controlled by a computer to move in formation, players sitting on a motorized car seat equipped with a laser turret can now enjoy the thrills of shooting down pixelated aliens with much more than a joystick.

The result may be slightly underwhelming, as the whole thing basically looks like playing laser tag with a t-shirt cannon, and the Invaders manage to seem less scary than they do in the arcade.

In the end, the project delivers what the Geekcon's motto promises: Top talent, Endless creativity, Mostly useless.

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Saffron is well-known for its flavor and its expense. But in Kashmir, one of the flew places it grows, cultivation has fallen dramatically thanks for climate change, industry, and farming methods.

Photo of women harvesting saffron in Kashmir

Harvesting of Saffron in Kashmir

Mubashir Naik

In northern India along the bustling Jammu-Srinagar national highway near Pampore — known as the saffron town of Kashmir —people are busy picking up saffron flowers to fill their wicker baskets.

During the autumn season, this is a common sight in the Valley as saffron harvesting is celebrated like a festival in Kashmir. The crop is harvested once a year from October 21 to mid-November.

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