Snooping Scottish researchers use drones to monitor pregnancies of protected dolphins

Scottish drones pregnant dolphins

Opponents of UAVs claiming the tech poses a threat to personal privacy will dismay at this news. Scottish researchers have deployed drones to differentiate pregnant females from others in populations of dolphins. Thus far none of the Ms. Flippers has objected.

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Wales’ drones measure coastal erosion from global warming

Researchers in Wales are using a mix of tech assets including drones to monitor the erosion of the country’s coastline, which has accelerated from rising sea levels produced by global warming.

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Aerodyne seeks further European expansion in Astralution deal

Malaysia-based drone services company Aerodyne Group is seeking to extend its recent run of success through a new partnership with Norway’s robotic and drone tech specialist Astralution, in an effort to generate new clients from Scandinavia’s energy sector.

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Not just drones: DJI’s smart car unit navigates rapid expansion

World champion drone manufacturer DJI has long said its tech activities extend well beyond UAVs. The Chinese giant seems to be proving that again in announcing the expansion of its DJI Automotive division producing key components for autonomous driving smart cars.

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NYC Dept. of Buildings studies facade inspections by drones

New York City’s Department of Buildings has released a study on the potential use of drones for structural and facade inspections, judging the prospect promising yet not ready for deployment just yet.

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Digital divining rod: New drone tech accurately measures underground water volumes

A Swiss research group has developed a drone-carried sensor that can detect the water content of terrain below, and are offering it as a cheaper and more accurate measurement supplement to existing technology like satellite imagery. Its creators say the device can optimize a variety of terrain management decisions in a world where drought and fires are becoming a major, recurring problem.

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