One of the inventions of Workhorse Group, 'HorseFly' the truck-launched drone delivery is making real-life package deliveries to homes through a pilot program with the FAA and the city of Loveland, Ohio. The HorseFly system is designed to significantly lower the expense of last-mile delivery, says Workhorse. The system and its workings compile with the current FAA safety regulations for drone package delivery. How does the system work? "We feel this is a game-changing moment to innovate the way packages are delivered for many years to come," says Steve Burns, CEO of Workhorse.
How the zebra got its stripes is a perennial topic of debate. While some scientists claim the black and white stripes act as camouflage, others say that they deter insects. Researchers studying the subject say that stripes have not only been shown to deter horseflies in zebras - but many primitive tribes have also learned the trick and use stripy bodypaint to prevent the painful bites of the blood-sucking parasites. To test the theory, researchers painted mannequins with white stripes similar to those used in body painting by tribal peoples all over the world. They found that, just as with previous experiments with zebras, the horseflies stayed away.
The unusually hot summer has ravaged the mosquito population in Finland, but it appears other blood-sucking pests are thriving, it's been reported. With meteorological records being broken across continental Europe, Finnish experts say that the country has experienced its hottest July on record, with one town experiencing heat of 33.7 Celsius (92.6 Fahrenheit). The heat means that mosquitoes, often the bane of Finnish summers, have virtually disappeared from some areas. According to the University of Lapland's Dr Jukka Salmela, the shallow ponds in areas like Lapland - which are their breeding grounds - have largely dried up, meaning that there are far fewer larvae than usual. Dr Salmela, whose field of expertise is biting midges in Lapland, warns that the new conditions have become perfect for horseflies.
Although many of us are enjoying the balmy temperatures of this year's heatwave, unfortunately for some, biting insects are flourishing too. Calls to the NHS helpline 111 about insect bites are almost double the rate they normally are at this time of year. And senior doctors are reporting incidents of patients being treated in hospital for infected horsefly bites. Despite the heat, experts say standing water, such as garden paddling pools, where insects thrive should be removed. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: "We wouldn't normally see anyone coming to hospital for a bite, but we have seen a few recently needing treatment with antibiotics which is very unusual.
Amazon's much-anticipated (and long time coming) drone deliveries might technically finally be happening, but a new patent spotted by CNN suggests your next book or box-set might actually arrive via parachute. There are many practical, legal and technical challenges that drone deliveries present -- and getting the parcel on the ground is just one of them. So far, deliveries have been carried out in relatively controlled locations where a drone can land to release its cargo. A safe landing isn't possible everywhere, not to mention other environmental hazards such as humans, pets and other obstacles. Also, this is Amazon, where efficiency is king.