Chinese companies are torching trash off power lines with flame-throwing drones

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That's got to be the most metal way to clean a power line. People are reporting seeing these drones burning off items such as kites or balloons tangled in the wires, that are too far for staff to reach. According to QQ, the flames can reach 400 degrees Celsius (752 degrees F). The process of setting up, lighting up the flamethrower, and burning the trash takes only 15 minutes, according to the Voice of Xiangyang, a local radio station. Using drones would reduce the risk of being electrocuted by high-voltage lines, and can save time compared with sending personnel up to retrieve the debris.


Wounded Military Personnel Bike Through Florida Keys

U.S. News

Wounded military personnel and their supporters have bicycled across the Seven Mile Bridge and sections of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway during the annual Soldier Ride event from Key Largo to Key West.


Visualizing The Potential Of Smart Mining

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Mining has traditionally been depicted with pack mules, pickaxes, and rugged prospectors. However, as Visual Capitalist's Nicholas LePan points out, it may surprise you to learn that today's mining industry is precisely the opposite in almost every respect. This is partially because modern mining companies are deploying the latest in sensor and cloud technology. These connected mines are improving the extraction process and workers' safety while also boosting productivity. Today's infographic comes to us from Natural Resources Canada and discusses how this sensor and cloud technology can be integrated into the extractive process.


Japanese SDF personnel hold mixed views in debate over Constitution

The Japan Times

Members of the Self-Defense Forces expressed mixed reactions to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's proposal to revise the country's Constitution so that it formally acknowledges the role of the SDF -- one of the major issues in Sunday's general election.


Foreign talent eager to work for Japanese firms, but staid office culture a hindrance

The Japan Times

Dozens of young people from around Asia descended on Tokyo last month for a job fair, dressed in a plain black suit of the type considered "the uniform" for Japanese college students when they meet with prospective employers. Some of the visitors said they were attracted to the nation's cutting edge technologies while others expressed interest in the comprehensive in-house training provided by Japanese firms. However, Japan Inc. may not be all a bed of roses when it comes to conservative labor customs. These include the male-dominated management style, rigid seniority system and long hours that sometimes even results in death from overwork, the phenomenon known as karōshi. "I think women in the workplace still don't get equal rights. This is the only problem that I'm worried about," Wan Hsun Chang, a student at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, said during the job fair for Asian students on Dec. 19.