Airliner lands safely after being first over Canada to collide with drone

The Japan Times

QUEBEC – A Canadian passenger plane landed safely after it was hit by a drone in the first case of its kind in the country, a Cabinet minister said Sunday. With increasing numbers of unmanned aerial devices in the skies, collisions are still rare, but authorities around the world are looking at ways to keep jetliners out of harm's way. The Canadian incident happened last Thursday when a drone collided with a domestic Skyjet plane approaching Jean-Lesage International Airport in Quebec City, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement. "This is the first time a drone has hit a commercial aircraft in Canada and I am extremely relieved that the aircraft only sustained minor damage and was able to land safely," said the minister, a former astronaut. The aircraft, carrying six passengers and two crew, was struck on its right wing at an altitude of about 1,500 feet (450 meters) and roughly 2 miles (3 km) from the airport, according to Le Journal de Quebec newspaper.


'Bat Bot' Flying Robot Mimics 'Ridiculously Stupid' Complexity Of Bat Flight

NPR Technology

One of the problems with bats, if you're a robotics expert, is that they have so many joints. That's what robotics researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Caltech quickly learned when they set out to build a robot version of the flying mammal. "Bats use more than 40 active and passive joints, [along with] the flexible membranes of their wings," Soon-Jo Chung of Caltech told Popular Mechanics. "It's impractical, or impossible, to incorporate [all 40] of these joints in the robot's design." Or as biologist Dan Riskin of the University of Toronto put it to PBS, "bats are ridiculously stupid in terms of how complex they are."


Using your phone while doing other things makes your life more miserable, study finds

The Independent - Tech

People who check their phones while eating or spending time with their friends are less likely to enjoy themselves, a study has found. Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada found that mobile phone use is making people more distracted, distant and drained as a result of its pervasiveness in our modern lives. Even having a mobile phone within easy access during a meal is enough to make diners not enjoy the experience as much as those who keep their devices out of reach while they eat. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


100m luxury eco-yacht Seataci featuring a tropical garden unveiled by Charles Bombardier

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A futuristic new concept that's inspired by whale tails could change the way we travel through water. At the moment, almost all vessels capable of travelling great distances do so with the help of enormous propellers that provide the driving force. However, the Seataci, a 100million ( 77million) luxury yacht envisioned by Montreal-based engineer Charles Bombardier, is designed to travel with the help of a wave motion - just like the way whales do. In his column for Wired, Bombardier explained that the Seataci would use an eco-friendly system that could be more efficient than traditional systems and allow the vessel to travel through shallow waters and with minimal noise. Like all yachts, the Seataci has a main hull, where the bulk of the ship's features will reside.


Alberta flies drones to find cause of epic Canadian wildfire

The Japan Times

LAC, LA BICHE ALBERTA – Fire-ravaged Alberta will use drones to investigate the cause of a huge blaze that has scorched the Canadian province and displaced some 88,000 people. Elevated Robotic Services, which has also deployed drones for mining and construction companies, has contracts with the Alberta government and insurance broker Hub International Ltd., said Mat Matthews, the Edmonton company's operations and safety manager. The drones use cameras outfitted with infrared, ultraviolet and traditional optical cameras to pinpoint the hottest part of the fire and trace it to its source based on time, wind and other factors. The cameras will shoot about 800 images, which are then stitched together in a process called fire-mapping. "It's like Google Maps but 100 times better," Matthews said at a police roadblock south of Fort McMurray, Alberta, as smoke from the 156,000-hectare (385,000-acre) fire blackened the sky.