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Drone Records Amazing Footage Of Enormous Dolphin And Whale Pod Stampede

Drones Records Amazing Footage Of Dolphin And Whale Pod Stampede

This awe-inspiring video by Dolphin Safari has gone viral over the weekend with over 430,000 hits so far! 

Captain Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari in Dana Point, California recorded an huge pod stampede of dolphins and whales using a drone. 

Literally thousands of dolphins, and a couple whales too, can be seen migrating together down the coast off San Clemente, California.

The captain even captured a heartwarming close-up of a newborn Humpback whale calf snuggling with its mom.


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This Drone Could Help Get Rid Of The World’s 110 Million Landmines

Ten people are killed or lose a limb to a landmine or explosive war-relic every day. With existing technologies, it would cost around $30 billion and take over 1,000 years to remove the worlds remaining 110 million active landmines. The problem deepens when you consider that the vast majority of these landmines are in war-torndeveloping countries.

However, a team of British scientists has developed a drone that could dramatically speed up this process and make it safer, while being a bit easier on the pocket.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Bristol and Find A Better Way, a British charitydedicated to funding the safe removal of landmines and explosive remnants of war. They have developed an aerial drone capable of scanning huge areas for mines in a quick, safe and effective way.

The UAV uses hyperspectral imaging techniques, which pick up the subtle irregularitiesin ground vegetation. The presence of landmines and theexplosive chemicals often have an effect onhow vegetation grows, giving an indication where they are likely to be.

As explainedby Dr. John Day,the projects leader,in a statement:Living plants have a very distinctive reflection in the near infrared spectrum, just beyond human vision, which makes it possible to tell how healthy they are.Chemicals in landmines leak out and are often absorbed by plants, causing abnormalities. Looking for these changes might be a way of discovering the whereabouts of mines.

He added, Infrared light can also assist detecting man-made objects on the surface of minefields, as they do not produce this infrared reflection. Unexploded ordinances or camouflaged mines on a green field can be difficult to see in normal light, but infrared light can make them stand out from surrounding foliage.Drones taking infrared pictures to map suspected danger zones may provide a quick and safe way to tell if an area is likely to be hazardous.

To demonstrate the drones prowess, the researchers took their drone to Old Trafford, the stadium of U.K. team Manchester United Football Club. To scan an area the size of a soccer pitch by conventional means would usually take months. However, the drone managed to fully scan and map the whole pitch in under two hours. Fortunately, no mines were found.

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This Drone Has Learned How To Dodge Swords

As graceful as drone video footage can look, drones themselves can look pretty clumsy when paired with something designed to take them down. However, a team of developers at Stanford Universitys Department of Aeronautics and Astronauticshas designed a drone with thedodging and ducking skills of Muhammad Ali.

In theirresearch paper, they explain how the drones abilities come from an application of machine learning. The drone is fitted with motion-capture sensors that send real-time data about its surrounding environment. Some rather daunting-looking algorithms then quickly workout whether a changein its surroundings is a threat,andif so, calculates an appropriate moveto dodge it.

The drone is designed to face all kinds of obstacles, andyou can see how it fares against a fencing sword in the video below.

The drone’sskills are pretty impressive as it is, but the team hopes to make its reactions even sharper in the future by using a whole range of visual, laser, and ultrasonic sensors. Additionally, they reckon this technology could someday be applied to spacecraft, self-driving cars, robotics, and even for use in the military.

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Replacing a Lightbulb With a Drone

Marek Baczynski is smart. Why stand up and change a lightbulb by hand when you can solve the light problem with your drone sitting? Okay, there is this thing called “time efficiency”, but this way it is way more fun!

“How many drones does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Two. And about 9 lightbulbs.”

via: kraftfuttermischwerk

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Google Introduces Project Wing

Google Introduces Project Wing

The Internet and tech world exploded in glee when Amazon introduced their drone delivery program, Amazon Prime Air. Though the program is years from reality, it demonstrates what will soon be commonplace. Now, the world’s most famous tech company, Google, is joining the drone game. 

Google‘s semi-secret invention center Google X has just debuted Project Wing, a similar drone delivery program. Soon, the sky will be full of buzzing drones delivering pizzas to headphones. 


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Dutch Police Are Training Eagles To Take Down Drones

While governments and law enforcement continue to grapple with theominous potentialof drones, the solution looks likes it could actually be much more simpleandarchaic than imagined.

The Dutch police have joined forces with Guards From Above, a firm in The Hague who specialize in training birds of prey for private security, to help protect the skies from rogue drones. With some training, the eagles recognize the drones as prey, which they then disable with their talons and return to a safe place.

So far, the project is just a trial, withthe policeassessing whether they want a full fleet of drone-busting birds of prey.

Drones are becoming cheaper and more accessible, heightening fears that they could be used by criminals or terrorist groups. In this vein, the Japanese police force hasrecently announced they will deploy a battalion of anti-drone officers and disabling drones.

In the future drones will be used increasingly, so [it]will increase the number of incidents involving drones,the Netherlands Police said in astatement.Drones can also be used for criminal purposes.

The security firm says that the technique they use is not harmful to the birds and is no more dangerous than the scraps they get into with prey in the wild. In fact, their feet are heavily scaled to specifically protect them from sharpbites, slashes, and scratches. Even so, the company is working with the Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) to assess whether the drone propellers affect the birds talons.

In a press release, Guards From Above said, We use the birds natural hunting instincts in order to intercept drones. We do this safely, quickly, and accurately.

The animal instinct of a bird of prey is unique. They are made to be able to overpower fast-moving prey. Sometimes the solution to a hypermodern problem is more obvious than you might think.

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Hackers Claim To Have Almost Crashed NASA Drone Into The Sea

A hacking collective claims to have obtained hours of on-board footage from NASAs unmanned aircrafts, data from their climate observation missions and details about thousands of NASA staff. On top of this, they allege to have taken semi-partial control of a $200 million (137 million) Global Hawk drone, which they attempted to crash into the ocean.

In a Pastebin thread, whichis beingcontinuallyremoved then reuploaded, Anonsecsaid they obtained pre-planned flight route data for NASA’s drones. Thehackers said they replaced this route with their own, which they hoped would cause the drone to deviate from its set flight path and crash into the sea. However, the hackers say they lost access to the network before this was possible.

Anonsec uploaded 250GB of the obtained dataonline, including eighthours of raw footage from NASA’s aerial drone fleet.Motherboardhas uploaded 15 minutes of this footage to YouTube (below).

In the thread, members went on to explain the justification for the attack:One of the main purposes of the Operation was to bring awareness to the reality of Chemtrails/CloudSeeding/Geoengineering/WeatherModification, whatever you want to call it, they all represent the same thing.

NASA even has several missions dedicated to studying Aerosols and their affects on the environment and weather, so we targeted their systems.

Conspiracy theoriesabout chemtrails usually revolve around the idea that the streaks of water vapor left behind by airplanes are actually harmful chemical clouds. Theorists claim that these chemicals were developed by the military and used by governments to covertly push some kind of secret interest. Absolutely none of this has ever been scientifically verified or backed by legitimate scientists.

NASA has denied claims that any of their data was obtained by the group, claiming they could have found all the information through their 30,000 openly available databases.

NASA sent a statement to Forbes that read, Control of our Global Hawk aircraft was not compromised. NASA has no evidence to indicate the alleged hacked data are anything other than already publicly available data. NASA takes cybersecurity very seriously and will continue to fully investigate all of these allegations.

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Mini-Drones Battle Remote Control Cars Action Scene

Mini-Drones Battle Remote Control Cars Action Scene

Special effects studio Corridor Digital teamed up with drone company Parrot to put together this heart racing action scene. While going for a drive through town, a gang of bandits attack a group of cars. But thankfully, there were drones equipped with lasers to fight off the criminals. The entire scene looks like an action sequence from a big budget Hollywood film, but really it was created using toy remote cars and mini-drones. Awesome! 


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/12/01/mini-drones-battle-remote-control-cars-action-scene/

Solar-Powered Drone Could Fly Nonstop For Five Years

Though many people immediately associate unmanned drones with military use or some kind of dubious espionage activity, but they have incredible potential to be used in a wide variety of peaceful and scientific applications. In addition to delivering supplies to disaster-stricken areas, drones could be used to gather information about things like weather and wildlife.

Titan Aerospace is currently developing a drone named Solara 50 that is being hailed as an “atmospheric satellite” and has quite a lot to offer in terms of gathering scientific data. The drone will fly at an altitude of over 19,000 meters (65,000 feet) where there is little air traffic and above most weather that could impede its travels. Flying at that height will also give it unobstructed access to the sun, which will power the 3,000 solar cells that cover its 50-meter-long (164 feet) wings. The solar cells will also charge lithium ion batteries stored inside the wing so it can fly at night, which means that this drone can fly uninterrupted for up to 5 years all while producing zero emissions.

The body of the drone is durable carbon fiber, and the 5-kilowatt electric motor will allow the aircraft to cruise at about 96 km/h (60 mph). Though the aircraft itself weighs only 160 kg (350 lbs), it will be able to carry 32 kg (70 lbs) worth of payload up into the stratosphere.

Solara 50 is completely self-piloted; able to take off, cruise, and land on its own. It will function much the same way as a satellite, though it will cost much less to launch. From the air, it would be able to track developing storms, migrating wildlife, vegetation patterns, and it would also have data communications capabilities; a feature that has caught the eye of the social media giant, Facebook.

Facebook would use the drones to bring the internet to the 5 billion people around the globe who aren’t online as part of the Internet.org initiative. They are interested in acquiring Titan Aerospace for an estimated $60 million. If it goes through, Facebook will launch 11,000 units to start, which would be used to connect rural regions in Africa to the rest of the world. This is a similar—yet more sophisticated—concept as Google’s Project Loon, which had the same internet connectivity goals in mind though it utilized weather balloons instead of precision-guided drones. 

If Facebook does acquire Titan Aerospace and all of its drone technology, all of the units  produced will be used to further Internet.org’s goals. 

Illustration credit: Titan Aerospace

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