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Jul 3, 2019

Blockchain will make sure green pledges aren’t just greenwash: a new initiative

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, drones, internet, satellites

Blockchain will make sure green pledges aren’t just green wash.


When a country or a company makes a promise to reduce carbon emissions, respect fishing quotas or cut toxic output, how can we be sure they’ll keep their word?

The truth is, it’s often extremely hard. But a new initiative — Global Ledger — led by a group of World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders (YGLs) aims to change that.

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Jul 2, 2019

Drones and AI used to enhance lost person search and rescue

Posted by in categories: drones, information science, mathematics, robotics/AI

Thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, a group of Virginia Tech engineers hopes to redefine these search and rescue protocols by teaming up human searchers with unmanned aerial robots, or drones.

In efforts led by Ryan Williams, an assistant professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering within the College of Engineering, these drones will use autonomous algorithms and machine learning to complement search and rescue efforts from the air. The drones will also suggest tasks and send updated information to human searchers on the ground.

Using mathematical models based on historical data that reflect what lost people actually do combined with typical searcher behavior, the researchers hope this novel approach of balancing autonomy with human collaboration can make searches more effective. The team has received support from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and will work closely with the local Black Diamond Search and Rescue Council throughout the project.

Jul 2, 2019

Aerones Drone Human Rescue

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Aerones team did a test in which human rescue was simulated.

Jul 1, 2019

World’s First “Quantum Drone” for Impenetrable Air-to-Ground Data Links Takes Off

Posted by in categories: drones, quantum physics

Chinese researchers are developing an airborne quantum communications network with drones as nodes.

Jul 1, 2019

In 15 years we’ll be able to upload education to our brains. So can I stop saving for my kids’ college?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, drones, education, neuroscience, transhumanism

I’m super excited to share this new Quartz article of mine, part of an ongoing personal debate about #transhumanism, #kids, and #education in my family:


But the age of downloading experience and expertise directly into our brain mainframe is coming. So is downloading professional training, including everything from becoming a police officer to practicing medicine or investigative journalism.

For many in the audience, I think that was the first time considering this could become a reality in our lifetime.

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Jun 30, 2019

AirSelfie 2 and JJRC H59 –Battle of the selfie drones

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The AirSelfie 2 and JJRC H59 Ferry are two selfie drones with a lot in common. If you are thinking about getting a selfie drone then READ THIS FIRST.

Jun 28, 2019

Wasp Colony Given Colored Construction Paper Builds an Amazing Rainbow Nest

Posted by in categories: biological, drones, habitats

Biology student Mattia Menchetti performed an experiment on a colony of European paper wasps which yielded some very colorful results. Paper wasps are known for their water-resistant nests constructed out of fibers of dead wood and plant stems which have been chewed into a pulp and mixed with saliva. Menchetti provided a captive colony of these wasps with colored paper and in a beautiful display of entomological artwork, the insects produced a vibrant, rainbow nest.

Menchetti began by giving the wasps bits of yellow paper, and slowly introduced more and more multicolored sheets. The colony happily made use of the material to construct a sturdy, technicolor home to house their larvae. Paper wasps are some of the most common wasp species, typically seen in backyards around North America. They tend to establish a single nest across multiple seasons and generations; for this reason, their homes must be incredibly durable. A protein found in the saliva of these wasps is actually so effective at waterproofing their nests that it has been used by scientists to construct a biodegradable drone.

Menchetti has performed a variety of scientific studies about insects, mammals, and the ecology of alien species, which he explains in further detail on his website.

Jun 28, 2019

Aerial Drone Photography: The Secret is in the Lens

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One simple pro mod for better aerial images

Multirotors and sports cameras are very nearly synonymous at this point in time. The popularity of one has undoubtedly boosted the popularity of the other. I bought my first DJI Phantom in part because I already owned a GoPro and wanted to see if I could make it fly. For others, it may be that they already owned a quadcopter and wanted to see if they could lift a camera with it. Yet this mutually beneficial symbiosis hasn’t led to any significant changes in the way sports cameras are made, notably the lens. But with a simple modification, you can make that camera even more sky-worthy.

Fishes don’t fly.

Jun 27, 2019

NASA Is Sending a Life-Hunting Drone to Saturn’s Huge Moon Titan

Posted by in categories: drones, space

NASA is going to Titan.

The space agency announced today (June 27) that the next mission in its New Frontiers line of medium-cost missions will be Dragonfly, a rotorcraft designed to ply the skies of the huge, hazy and potentially life-hosting Saturn moon.

If all goes according to plan, Dragonfly will launch in 2026 and land on Titan eight years later, NASA officials said. The probe will then spend at least 2.5 years cruising around the 3,200-mile-wide (5,150 kilometers) moon, making two dozen flights that cover a total of about 110 miles (180 km).

Jun 24, 2019

Quantum drone to create unhackable communication network

Posted by in categories: drones, quantum physics

Researchers in China are using drones as nodes in the development of an airborne quantum communications network. The article describes how such a network, using a quantum drone would be nigh unhackable.

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