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Remote weapons come of age

September 11th, 2018 at 8:59 am » Comments Off

During a military-related event on Aug 4, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro came close to being assassinated by a pair of drones. While Maduro escaped unscathed, the attack managed to injure seven soldiers. Various media outlets noted that this was the first known drone assassination attempt on a president. This development was however long in the […]



Five technologies changing construction

September 7th, 2018 at 10:39 am » Comments Off

Technology is changing every industry, but what are the top technologies accelerating construction? The construction industry, in general, suffers from a traditional hesitancy to embrace nascent technologies, caused partly because projects take years to plan and complete. Recently, however, progressive construction honchos have begun to harness and realise the potency of tech – whether it’s […]



Assassin drones are here. Now what?

August 10th, 2018 at 8:00 am » Comments Off

It was perhaps inevitable that would-be political assassins would turn to off-the-shelf drones. Security forces check a nearby building after an explosion was heard while Maduro attended a ceremony in Caracas on August 4, 2018. Photo: JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images A failed attack by explosives-laden drones on Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro could be a harbinger of […]



The Army is buying microwave cannons to take down drones in mid-flight

August 9th, 2018 at 7:07 am » Comments Off

The high-powered microwave system would be mounted to an aircraft. The US Army has a new plan for microwaving drones out of the sky. In a public solicitation last Friday, the agency announced its intention to purchase an airborne high-powered microwave system from Lockheed Martin, which is intended for use against drones. The weapon, which […]



A world-leading technologist on what the year 2038 will look like

August 8th, 2018 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

Currently Senior Maverick at Wired magazine, Kevin Kelly helped launch the magazine and was its executive editor for its first seven years. He has written for The New York Times, The Economist, Science, TIME, and more, and is the bestselling author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future. He […]



Amazon patents aerial fulfillment centers for improved drone delivery

July 27th, 2018 at 9:16 am » Comments Off

Amazon’s drone-centric skyscrapers intended to replace traditional warehouses are old news. The tech giant just patented floating warehouses. Last June, we reported on Amazon’s patent application for fulfillment center towers: skyscrapers that would replace the traditional warehouse model in favor of modern, drone-friendly versions that could serve as both charging hubs and convenient pitstops for […]



How e-commerce is transforming rural China

July 23rd, 2018 at 10:01 am » Comments Off

JD.com is expanding its consumer base with drone delivery and local recruits who can exploit villages’ tight-knit social networks to drum up business. In isolated regions, JD.com is expanding its reach, creating on-the-ground jobs and testing drone delivery. Will villagers be less tempted to leave for the big city? Xia Canjun was born in 1979, […]



This flying ‘dragon’ drone can change shape in midair

July 11th, 2018 at 9:22 am » Comments Off

Researchers at the University of Tokyo’s JSK Lab have developed a “dragon drone,” made up of several small drones and capable of transforming on the fly, as reported by IEEE. Not only can the drone change into different shapes, like a square or curved line, it can also autonomously decide what shape it needs to […]



Dropcopter’s drones boost crop pollination by up to 60% in bad bee years

July 9th, 2018 at 10:09 am » Comments Off

The Dropcopter drone is designed to pollen-bomb rows of crops following a pre-programmed route A large percentage of the world’s food production relies on bee pollination, but what do we do when the bees can’t be relied on? US startup Dropcopter has just demonstrated that it can deliver a 25 to 60 percent boost in […]



Eye in the sky: Drones are being taught to spot violence in crowds

July 5th, 2018 at 9:52 am » Comments Off

Researchers are developing a real-time drone survelliance system to identify violence in crowds before it occurs. Imagine your every move being watched and analysed by drones designed to predict – and stop – violent behaviour. It sounds like a scene from Black Mirror, but researchers are trialling a drone surveillance system that does just that […]



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