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


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.

Japan calls up SDF reserves for first time since 3/11 for Typhoon Hagibis disaster relief

The Japan Times

The Defense Ministry has called up Self-Defense Forces ready reserves and reserves for a disaster-relief mission after powerful Typhoon Hagibis, in consideration of the extensive damage and expected prolonged recovery efforts. It was the first time that such reserves have been mobilized since the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. In addition to 31,000 active SDF personnel, the ministry has called up more than 260 SDF ready reserves and reserves to engage in work to remove debris and mud and provide public hygiene support in prefectures including Miyagi, Fukushima, Tochigi and Nagano. The number of reserve personnel will be boosted up to 1,000 depending on the situations in disaster areas. A senior ministry official said road repair and debris removal may take even longer due to damage from torrential rains after the typhoon, the 19th of the year.

Visualizing The Potential Of Smart Mining


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.