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Trump administration preparing to ease rules on drone strikes: report.

Move would pave the way for more frequent operations against Islamic State and other militant groups

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Biotech dept plans floating laboratory on Brahmaputra.

The Department of Biotechnology plans to convert a large boat into a floating laboratory on the Brahmaputra to study the ecology and biodiversity of the mighty river in unprecedented details for better river and flood management.The Brahmaputra Biodiversity and Biology Boat would start functioning by December 2017 with a ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

General Atomics wins $27 million contract for Gray Eagle drone support.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has received a $27 million modification to an existing contract for service support to the Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system program.

- UPI - US

This Footage of a Drone Buzzing a Cargo Train Turned My Stomach Inside Out.

Your childhood fantasies of soaring through the air like Iron Man or Superman will seem far less fantastic after this sobering first-person footage of a drone racing alongside a moving cargo train reveals just how terrifying it would be to actually fly.

- Gizmodo - US

UK lifeboat crew tests drones as search and rescue helpers.

Drones are becoming an important part of the emergency services. Police are using them to search for missing people, while fire departments test them as a tool to survey dangerous sites. Until now, however, we haven't seen or heard about them being u...

- Engadget - US

Ukrinform: OSCE drone spots 48 tanks near Donetsk.

An unmanned aerial vehicle of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has spotted 48 tanks of separatists 57 kilometers east of Donetsk, according to a report posted on the mission's website. The post Ukrinform: OSCE drone spots 48 tanks near Donetsk appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

Lockheed Martin Destroys Drones in Latest Laser Weapons Demo.

Lasers are the future of war. And if this new video by defense company Lockheed Martin is any indication, that future is pretty damn close.

- Gizmodo - US

Drone delivery startup is about to begin commercial operations.

Startup envisions hundreds of drone delivery stations across metro areas.

- Ars Technica UK - US

Hospitals in Switzerland will Supply Medicines with Drones.

In a month, hospitals in Switzerland will be equipped with a revolutionary medicine delivery system, said Mashable.com. In March this year, the government of the country gave permission to US-based Matternet, based in Menlo Park, California, to operate a logistics network for drones over densely populated cities. This ...

- Novinite - BG

Pakistan cannot condone US drone attacks on its soil: PM.

PM Abbasi during the session. Photo: CFR NEW YORK: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in a talk at a US think tank on Wednesday, said Pakistan cannot condone US drone attacks on its soil.Speaking during a meeting at the Council of Foreign Relations, Abbasi said the US needs to treat India and Pakistan equally, adding ...

- Geo.tv - PK

From the Dept of the Bleedin' Obvious... yes, drones hurt when they hit you in the head.

Research suggests maybe the heavy ones should spend less time over people Being hit in the head by a drone won't necessarily end in decapitation. Thanks to aeronautical boffins, we know now that there is a range of possible outcomes.…

- TheRegister - UK

Robotics, the traditional path and new approaches

Robotics, like many other technologies, suffered from an inflated set of expectations resulting in a decrease of the developments and results during the 90s. Over the last years, several groups thought that flying robots, commonly known as drones, would address these limitations however it seems unlikely that the popularity ...

- Robohub - CH

WATCH: Mexico City Earthquake Damage Captured In Drone Video

The 7.1 magnitude quake left destruction in its wake after it hit Tuesday.

- Yahoo! News - US

Switzerland's Getting a Delivery Network for Blood-Toting Drones

And it's got some clever new hardware to make it work.

- Yahoo! News - US

Survey: Australians excited, not worried, about future of work

Australians are more interested in technology that delivers advances in medical research and helps the disadvantaged than driverless cars or pizzas delivered by drone, new research shows.

- Stuff - NZ

Autonomous delivery drone network set to take flight in Switzerland

Matternet has long used Switzerland as a testing ground for its delivery drone technology, and now it's ramping things up a notch. The company has revealed plans to launch the first permanent autonomous drone delivery network in Switzerland, where i...

- Engadget - US

ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones

Lockheed Martin has successfully used a 30 kilowatt laser to bring down drones during tests in August, the company announced on Wednesday.

- UPI - US

Medical delivery drones are coming to Switzerland

Next month, Switzerland's hospitals will be equipped with a potentially revolutionary autonomous drone delivery network. Healthcare providers and a Menlo Park, California company called Matternet have teamed up to implement the system across the country. And on Wednesday, Matternet announced that they had completed "the ...

- Mashable! - US

Drone footage shows the widespread damage of Mexico City after earthquake

Volunteers, rescuers and medics are working their way to clear out the rubble in the city. They're also hoping to find...

- Deseret News - US

Wave Glider surfs across stormy Drake Passage in Antarctica

A hardy ocean drone made a first-ever attempt to surf across Antarctica's stormy Drake Passage gathering data about ocean mixing.

- ScienceDaily - US

Switzerland's Getting a Delivery Network for Blood-Toting Drones

And it's got some clever new hardware to make it work.

- Wired Magazine - US

UK Drone Stops ISIS Public Execution 2,000 Miles Away

This is the moment an RAF drone stopped a public execution staged by Islamic State with a single Hellfire missile. Astonishing footage released for the first time shows crowds of civilians being forced at gunpoint to gather in a Syrian town to watch an execution. © Associated Newspapers Ltd.

- Albawaba - UK

Britain shows drone strike that foiled IS execution 2K miles away in Syria

British officials on Wednesday released video footage of a drone strike earlier this year that prevented an execution by Islamic State fighters in Syria.

- UPI - US

The Army's Stinger missile just got this lethal update

US Army The Army’s well-known Stinger missile can now destroy small, moving drones using a newer proximity fuze to detonate near a target, service developers said. Firing from a vehicle-mounted Avenger System, a Stinger missile destroyed a mini-drone more than one kilometer away using a proximity fuse – ...

- Business Insider - US

TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS BRIEFING: Audi shows off new level of autonomy — More consumers gaining exposure to self-driving cars — Privacy concerns with commercial drones

Welcome to Transportation & Logistics Briefing, a new morning email providing the latest news, data, and insight on how digital technology is disrupting transportation and delivery, produced by BI Intelligence. Get the free Top 5 Disruptive Trends Shaping Transportation & Logistics report and start receiving our brand new ...

- Business Insider - US

Nisar says PM should not be making courtesy calls to US after latest drone strike

In a strongly worded speech in the National Assembly , former interior minister Chaudhar Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday criticised Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for making a 'courtesy call' on US Vice resident Mike Pence.Continuing his recent criticism of the federal government's relationship with the US, Nisar said: ...


Matternet's autonomous delivery drones can now refuel and reload by themselves

Matternet, a startup building autonomous drones for delivery, has been working to commercialize its tech via transportation of blood and pathology samples to labs. Taking traffic out of the equation has already shown it can cut hours off the testing process, but Matternet is pushing to become even more efficient at ...

- TechCrunch - US

Switzerland Is Getting A Network Of Medical Delivery Drones

Matternet’s new system will let hospitals quickly move samples to labs and get extra blood for emergencies. It’s the first of its kind operating in a dense, urban environment. When a hospital needs to rush a delivery from a lab somewhere else in a densely populated city–for example, when a surgeon needs ...

- Fast Company - US

Nisar criticises government's failure to condemn recent US drone strike

ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Wednesday that it is surprising that Pakistan did not even issue a formal condemnatory statement against the US drone attack in in Kurram Agency on September 15.A suspected US drone strike killed three and injured two in Kurram Agency of the Federal ...

- Geo.tv - PK

Islamic State: UK military could honour drone pilots

The defence secretary announces a review of how personnel are recognised for their contribution.

- BBC - UK

The Missile That Terrorized Russia Is Getting a Super Update

Kris Osborn Security, The stinger is back.  The Stinger has not been used much in recent years in Iraq and Afghanistan, largely because it is less necessary in combat environments where the US already has air supremacy. However, should the Army face a near-peer competitor with air power able to rival the US, the Stinger ...

- The National Interest - US

Is the World Ready For Flying Cars?

An anonymous reader shares a report from TechCrunch, adding: "Is the world ready for flying cars? Sebastian Thrun, the supposed godfather of autonomous driving, and several other tech investors seem to think so." From the report: At TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017, Thrun talked a lot about flying cars and how that was the future ...

- Slashdot - US

Defibrillator drones could save lives

Researchers have developed a drone with the capability of transporting and delivering an AED to rural areas in the first few minutes after cardiac arrest to facilitate early defibrillation.        


Bug brains help AI solve navigation challenges

GUEST: Drones and other autonomous robots require mobile and efficient solutions to real-life issues, from mundane package transportation to urgent search and rescue missions. Using machine learning and a vector-based navigation system inspired by insects, agents could navigate to key locations without relying on a GPS , ...

- VentureBeat - US

Alexa-powered, self-flying Aire drone launches on Kickstarter

Thanks to smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home, it's now possible to control most aspects of your home without lifting a finger.

- Techspot - EC

Crocs Have Made A Comeback By Returning To Hideous Roots

Crocs, a brand of footwear known for being comfortable, non-slip, unattractive, and incompatible with escalators, has made a comeback. The secret has been going back to the thing that made it a success in the first place: Hideous clogs that you can easily hose off. Returning to what works After experimenting with wacky ...

- The Consumerist - US

Why Scientists Are Flying Blood Over the Desert

Drone delivery is sexy. We've seen Domino's pizza and 7-11 Slurpees dropped by drone. And then there are drones delivering something every human needs to live: blood. Timothy Amukele, a pathologist with Johns Hopkins University, and his team flew a drone for three hours with blood samples as its payload to see if drones ...

- Discover - US

US Navy signs Xbox 360 controllers up for submarine duty

Xbox 360 controllers are being called back to active duty. The US Navy will be replacing $38,000 periscope sticks with $30 gamepads aboard its top-of-the line Virginia class submarines. The military has been using video game controllers for decades now. I was lucky enough to watch a demonstration of unmanned aerial ...

- The Next Web - US

Hezbollah drone downed over Golan

Israel's downing of a Hezbollah-operated Iranian drone over the de-militarized Golan Heights Tuesday was unlikely to inflame the situation given that it was within the Jewish state's policy to distance the group from its borders, analysts told The Daily Star.

- The Daily Star - LB

Netanyahu Vows to Curb Iran in U.N. Speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly that his country would act to prevent Iran from establishing a permanent military presence in Syria, the same day the Israeli military said it shot down an Iranian-made drone.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Parrot's New Bebop 2 Power Drone Promises Improved Battery Life

Parrot today launched an upgraded model of its premium consumer drone. The Bebop 2 Power from Parrot promises improved battery life. It also comes with new FPV goggles. The new drone is also capable of taking smarter photos. That being said, the unique selling point of this new drone is the improved battery life. That's ...

- Ubergizmo - US

Thanks, Obama, for That Unaccountable System of Deadly Drone Strikes!

Now that it's in Trump's hands, even the illusion of responsibility is fading.

- Reason.com - US

Risks vary widely in drone-human impacts

New research suggests there's wide variation in the risk that unmanned aircraft pose to people on the ground.

- ScienceDaily - US

Study weighs risks of human-drone impacts

The risks of drone-human collisions vary widely, researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University found in a new comprehensive survey.

- UPI - US

Study suggests risks vary widely in drone-human impacts

New Virginia Tech research suggests there's wide variation in the risk that unmanned aircraft pose to people on the ground.

- PhysOrg - NL

These are the trends affecting the cryptocurrency market in 2017

Rise of cryptocurrency We live in a dynamic business world, which is constantly evolving with newer innovations and technologies disrupting the traditional methodologies of living our day-to-day lives. When the world becomes comfortable with one technology, a newer and better technology often comes to play, breaking the ...

- Business Insider - US

Israel Shoots Down Iranian-Made Drone

Israel said it intercepted and shot down an Iranian-made drone over the Golan Heights, the latest point of tension between the two neighbors, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits at the U.N. to discuss Iran's expansion in the Middle East.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Israel shoots down Hezbollah drone with Patriot missile

JERUSALEM , The Israel Defense Forces shot down a Hezbollah drone before it entered Israeli airspace. One Patriot missile intercepted the drone in the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights, the IDF said. The  Iran-made unmanned aerial vehicle had originated from the airport in Damascus on an ...

- JTA - US

Turkey-PKK 'drone wars' escalate

The armed conflict between Turkey and the PKK has been rapidly becoming drone-centric, with this dynamic radically altering the basic characteristics of this conflict while amassing legal and moral issues.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Israeli Missile Intercepts 'Hezbollah-Controlled' Drone

An Israeli missile intercepted a drone reportedly controlled by Hezbollah The IDF claims that the drone came from Damascus International Airport The drone had not yet crossed into Israeli territory Israel is increasingly concerned about Hezbollah and Iran in Syria All rights reserved © The Jerusalem Post 1995 - 2017

- Albawaba - UK