Drone used to capture whale's blow off the coast of Australia

SYDNEY — An Australian researcher is using inexpensive drones to discover why the health of whales, off the coast of Australia, is deteriorating
Griffith University researcher Dr Jan-Olaf Meynecke told Mashable collecting bacteria, and at a later stage, DNA from viruses, will help to establish a baseline understanding of respiratory infections in the humpback whales.
See also: Birds hold clue to preventing sickening in-flight turbulence
“Similar to humans whales can get a flu or cold. They are signs of a weak immune system and can tell us a great story about whale health,” he said.
The using of drones for the study has allowed for the capturing of some amazing footage of the humpback breathing. Read more

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The ambulance drone that could save your life: Flying defibrillator can reach speeds of 60mph

A Dutch student has revealed a prototype ‘ambulance drone’, a flying defibrillator able to reach heart attack victims within precious life-saving minutes.

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You Can Fly This Impossibly Tiny Drone Even If You Live In a Closet

Can an RC toy still be considered fun when you can no longer see it? That’s the question Swann’s new Xtreem Atom Mini Drone brings to mind because with rotors just 1.25-inches long, you have to wonder if eventually these tiny flying toys will be as small as mosquitoes, and as equally difficult to spot.Read more..

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Hawaii Prepares for Evacuations as Lava Flow Moves Within Yards of Homes

Residents of the village of Pāhoa in Hawaii are preparing for evacuations, as lava moves dangerously close to homes. The lava flow from the Kīlauea volcano was just 100 yards from the nearest home as of Monday morning
The Puna lava flow speeded its descent down a sloping hillside over the weekend, covering a roadway and moving across a cemetery.
See also: Man Drops Himself Into Volcano and Takes a Selfie
This drone footage from Oct. 25 shows the proximity of the lava to structures. Smoke advisories have been issued for the surrounding area

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VIDEO: Drone rules 'not being enforced'

Strict regulations will need to be introduced before large drones are allowed to appear in the UK’s skies, pilots association Balpa has said.

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That Google Exec's Top Secret Skydive Was About Science, Not Breaking Records

Last week, a Google executive rode in a balloon all the way to the stratosphere, then jumped from more than 25 miles above the Earth’s surface, breaking a world record in the process. The record fell with no warning whatsoever, because the entire project was undertaken in secret.Why? Well, the simple answer is that the project was a scientific experiment, not a publicity stunt, according to the company who made it happen. The experiment was a resounding success, and could one day lead to humans repairing balloons and other stratospheric aircraft.”The customer is interested in the science and technology in opening a new frontier

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Quadcopter flown ‘deliberately’ at passenger plane in near-miss incident

In another incident involving commercial aircraft and drones, a passenger plane coming in to land at an airport in the UK came close to colliding with a quadcopter flown by a still-unidentified operator. The post Quadcopter flown ‘deliberately’ at passenger plane in near-miss incident appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Drone Beat: UAV Invades Soccer Stadium, Space Drone Comes Back Home and More

The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies including Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them, and now they’re a photographer’s secret weapon. Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not

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Drone safeguards urged by pilots

Strict regulations will need to be introduced before large drones are allowed to appear in the UK’s skies, pilots association Balpa says.

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Report: Drone nearly collided with British passenger plane on purpose

The UK Airprox Board did not discover the drone that was reported to have flown at a passenger aircraft in May, so we’re stuck using a stock approxmiation. Doodybutch

On Sunday, a British regulatory agency revealed that the country faced its first near-collision between a passenger aircraft and a drone in May. The UK Airprox Board’s report, uncovered by the Daily Mail, determined that a quadcopter flew “within 80 feet” of an 74-seat ATR 72 aircraft and did so “deliberately.”
The incident happened over the county of Essex as the plane prepared to land at London Southend Airport. According to the report, the quadcopter came close to hitting the larger plane’s right-side wing at an altitude of roughly 1,500 feet

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