Video shows rescue workers help an injured hiker get down from atop of 400-foot cliff with a drone

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A 65-year-old woman in Utah's Snow Canyon State Park got some unexpected help from a drone operated by the local sheriff's department, after injuring her ankle while hiking with friends. While walking near the edge of Island in the Sky, a famous canyoneering and rock climbing route, she slipped and fell several feet, injuring her ankle to the point where she could no longer stand or support her own weight. The group of three friends she was with called the sheriff's search and rescue team rather than attempt to carry her back down the steep and sandy trail themselves. Search and rescue workers from the Washington Country Sheriff's Department in Utah used a drone to deliver then 660 feet of twine to help setup a rappelling system to get an injured hiker down from a clifftop The sheriff's team decided to bring the woman down from the 400-foot-tall cliff, the equivalent of 40 stories, by strapping her to a stretcher and using a rappelling system to guide her down. The only problem was they didn't have enough rope to reach actually reach the ground.

34 Troops Have Brain Injuries From Iranian Missile Strike, Pentagon Says

NYT > Middle East

The comments of the president, who avoided the Vietnam War draft thanks to a diagnosis of bone spurs, drew swift criticism from veterans groups. "Don't just be outraged by #PresidentMayhem's latest asinine comments," Paul Rieckhoff, the founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, wrote in a Twitter post that day. "Take action to help vets facing TBIs," meaning traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries result from the powerful changes in atmospheric pressure that accompany an explosion like that from a missile warhead. The missiles were launched by Iran in retaliation for the killing of a top Iranian general, Qassim Suleimani, by an American drone strike in Baghdad on Jan. 3.

Drone Data in Agriculture -- Here's how Agremo Made it Better


Did you know you could use drone data in agriculture to lower costs and improve crop performance? If yes, chances are you've already heard about Agremo. We've just released a new version of our app and are excited to show you what you can do with drone data in agriculture today. There are many ways in which drone data can help you improve activities on the field, and the different analyses are by far the most important factor. Essentially, you make a drone map of your field and request the according analysis you need.

Robot tanks: On patrol but not allowed to shoot


In 1985 the US pulled the plug on a computer-controlled anti-aircraft tank after a series of debacles in which its electronic brain locked guns onto a stand packed with top generals reviewing the device. Mercifully it didn't fire, but did subsequently attack a portable toilet instead of a target drone. The M247 Sergeant York (pictured above) may have been an embarrassing failure, but digital technology and artificial intelligence (AI) have changed the game since then. Today defence contractors around the world are competing to introduce small unmanned tracked vehicles into military service. Just like an army on the move, there are contrasting views about how far and how fast this technology will advance.

Iran MP offers $3 million 'to anyone who kills Trump': report

The Japan Times

TEHRAN – An Iranian lawmaker on Tuesday offered a $3 million reward to "anyone who kills" U.S. President Donald Trump to avenge the assassination of a top general, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported. Ahmad Hamzeh, a little-known member of the Majlis, made the offer on behalf of the people of Kerman, the hometown and final resting place of storied commander, Qassem Soleimani. "We will give $3 million to anyone who kills Trump," Hamzeh, who represents Kahnouj county near the southeastern city of Kerman, was quoted as saying by ISNA. He did not say who would pay the bounty offer, which comes a month ahead of a parliamentary election. Soleimani, one of the most popular public figures in Iran, was killed on Jan. 3 in a U.S. drone strike outside Baghdad airport.

Iran Conflict Could Shift To Cyberspace, Experts Warn

NPR Technology

Experts say Iran may retaliate for the killing of Qassem Soleimani, its top military leader, with cyber attacks on American companies. Experts say Iran may retaliate for the killing of Qassem Soleimani, its top military leader, with cyber attacks on American companies. Cybersecurity researchers and U.S. government officials said hackers linked to Iran are probing American companies for vulnerabilities. The warnings suggest that the next phase of hostilities between the U.S. and Iran, following the Jan. 3 killing of a top Iranian general in an American drone strike, is likely to play out in cyberspace. The Iranian regime is accused of being behind some high-profile online operations against American targets in recent years.

The Killer Algorithms Nobody's Talking About


This past fall, diplomats from around the globe gathered in Geneva to do something about killer robots. In a result that surprised nobody, they failed. The formal debate over lethal autonomous weapons systems--machines that can select and fire at targets on their own--began in earnest about half a decade ago under the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, the international community's principal mechanism for banning systems and devices deemed too hellish for use in war. But despite yearly meetings, the CCW has yet to agree what "lethal autonomous weapons" even are, let alone set a blueprint for how to rein them in. Meanwhile, the technology is advancing ferociously; militaries aren't going to wait for delegates to pin down the exact meaning of slippery terms such as "meaningful human control" before sending advanced warbots to battle.

How this decade's tech changed the insurance industry PropertyCasualty360


Over the past decade technology has become increasingly interwoven into our daily lives and work. Back in 2010, tablets, battery-powered cars, augmented reality, smartwatches, consumer drones and smart speakers were hard to imagine. To say technology has transformed throughout the decade is an understatement. The same could be said of how technology has impacted the insurance industry in the 2010s. It has has enhanced how damage is assessed and claims are adjusted.

AirWorks Reveals the Top Reasons to Buy a Drone in 2020


AirWorks Is an Expert DJI Authorized Dealer Based in Dubai Offering Products, Consulting and Online Courses. Choosing the best drone on the market is not easy, as the offering is so wide and varied. DJI offers a solution for every need: from the extra-lightweight Mavic Mini, which films incredibly smooth videos, to more professional drones like the Mavic 2 Pro to record adrenaline-filled adventures. AirWorks uncovers the details about the all-time favorite DJI Mavic drones so everyone can finally make an informed purchase and start getting high-quality footage. Using a drone allows anyone to have a new perspective of the world.

Scientists Repurpose Living Frog Cells to Develop World's First Living Robot


Deniz Kalaslioglu is the Co-Founder & CTO of Soar Robotics a cloud-connected Robotic Intelligence platform for drones. You have over 7 years of experience in operating AI-back autonomous drones. Could you share with us some of the highlights throughout your career? Back in 2012, drones were mostly perceived as military tools by the majority. On the other hand, the improvements in mobile processors, sensors and battery technology had already started creating opportunities for consumer drones to become mainstream.