In Pictures: The weirdest, wackiest and coolest sci/tech stories of 2013 so far

From cool robots and unmanned aircraft to celebrity swatting and Moby Dick emoticons, it’s been an interesting high-tech year!

Sadly, the criminal act of “swatting” – making false phone calls to police in an attempt to illicit a major swat team response to a fake situation is all the rage around Hollywood. Music icon Sean Combs, Tom Cruise, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Selena Gomez are just a few of the swatting victims this year. Los Angeles has responded by introducing legislation to make the perpetrators reimburse the police – if they ever catch any. Mind you this is not a Hollywood only situation, police across the country have seen an uptick in swatting incidents.

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