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Military Drone Deployed To Increase Monitoring Of California Wildfires

International Business Times

The state firefighting service of California collaborated with a unit of California Air National Guard and deployed military wartime drones in order to receive real time photos and videos of the massive wildfire which spread across the area. According to a report by USA Today, this is only the third time such collaboration had taken place. The Reaper MQ-9, operated by the 163d Attack Wing at March Air Reserve Base in the Riverside County, will fly five miles above and transmit relevant information to commanders on the ground. This also includes information about spot-fire detection. Scott McLean, Deputy Chief of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said, "It's out of the way."


U.S. Says It Shot Down Drone That Attacked Fighters in Syria

NYT > Middle East

The United States Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, said in a statement that it wanted to keep the focus on fighting the Islamic State and was not looking for a confrontation with the Assad government -- or with the Russian and Iranian-backed forces that are supporting it. "The coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces partnered with them. To protect the garrison at al-Tanf, the United States has warned Iranian-backed militias and Syrian forces to stay out of the "deconfliction" zone it has declared around the base. On June 6, the American-led coalition again bombed Iranian-backed fighters that ventured inside of the restricted area.


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Daily Mail

Boston Dynamics makes a variety of robots, including machines that mimic humans and animals, but has struggled to find a market for them. Boston Dynamics makes a variety of robots, including machines that mimic humans and animals, but has struggled to find a market for them. Boston Dynamics products also include Big Dog's little brother Spot, a complex machine that can walk and trot on four legs like a dog. Their companion robot Pepper, hit the headlines last year, after the Japanese robot refused to share whether it held a desire to rule the world.


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Daily Mail

The Combined Joint Task Force, coalition military forces conducted 32 strikes against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq on January 12th alone, hitting an ISIS drone launch site in Northwestern Iraq. With the exception of just one day (January 10th), the forces have hit ISIS drones, drone launch sites or drone production sites daily since January 7th. IEDs consist of a range of components that include an initiator, switch, main charge, power source, and a container. IEDs consist of a range of components that include an initiator, switch, main charge, power source, and a container.


Google's artificial intelligence machine AlphaGo just beat the world's No. 1 Go player

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Richard Duran, father of Bree'Anna Guzman, 22, discusses his daughter's murder in 2011 at a news conference attended by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck. Geovanni Borjas, 32, was arrested on suspicion of raping and killing Guzman and Michelle Lozano, 17, in Lincoln Heights and dumping their bodies by area freeways six years ago. Richard Duran, father of Bree'Anna Guzman, 22, discusses his daughter's murder in 2011 at a news conference attended by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck. Geovanni Borjas, 32, was arrested on suspicion of raping and killing Guzman and Michelle Lozano, 17, in Lincoln Heights and dumping their bodies by area freeways six years ago.


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Japan aims to finalize on June 9 plans to allow package delivery by drone sometime from 2020 and the commercialization of self-driving trucks by 2022, as it scrambles to breathe new life into its corporate sector, sources told Reuters. Japan is also eyeing financial technology as a source of future growth, the sources said, but has so far lagged overseas firms that have adopted technology to transform processes such as payments, lending, asset management and investment banking. A separate document obtained by Reuters shows the government's annual growth strategy due on Friday will keep up policies Prime Minister Shinzo Abe introduced last year to narrow the wealth gap, improve working conditions and boost productivity. In a rare step, the strategy document, which does not usually touch on defense, has called for effective military defense in line with Japan's military alliance with the United States, against the backdrop of North Korea's missile program.


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Los Angeles Times

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-normal 2017 Hurricane Season, with five to nine hurricanes -- two to four of them Category 3 (winds at least 111 mph) or stronger. The weakness or absence of storm-suppressing El Niño climate conditions, combined with above-normal ocean surface temperatures and average or weaker vertical wind shear across the Caribbean and Atlantic Coast are factors pointing to an active hurricane season, said Ben Friedman, acting NOAA administrator. They expect that three named storms will make landfall in the U.S. April's Tropical Storm Arlene was a rare preseason storm, but it was also an indication of an active season ahead, Friedman said Thursday during a news conference at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Md. In the 25 years since Category 5 Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida, forecasting accuracy has improved 65%, said Mary Erickson, deputy director at the National Weather Service.


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Engadget

Instead of flying cars, get ready for fleets of small "air taxis" zipping from hub to hub within a region, delivering passengers to their destinations. The company wants a world where you take an Uber to one of its flight hubs, hop into a eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) craft and be whisked to another hub on the other side of town. That model would be unsustainable if a city were to add multiple hubs and potentially hundreds of air taxis. "We think it's kind of funny when people call us a flying car -- if Vahana is a flying car then so is a helicopter!"


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The Independent

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. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...


Why Is Louisiana Flooding So Badly, And How Can We Prepare For It Next Time?

Popular Science

Sodden carpets and belongings line the streets in Louisiana, where more than 30,000 people were forced to leave their homes this week as the waters rose near Baton Rouge, killing 13 people and leading to countless rescues. On Tuesday, as Louisiana was still battling floods, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration unveiled a tool that might make predicting the next major flood event easier, giving people more time to react to the oncoming deluge, in much the same way that weather forecasters can more easily predict storms now than they were able to in the past. Coast Guard members rescue people stranded by high waters in Louisiana on Aug. 14, 2016. But by letting people know that an easterly wave is a precursor to a hurricane, and using predictive tools like weather forecasts and the National Water Model to show when easterly waves might pose a threat to communities, public officials might be able to evacuate people in time to save lives, if not belongings.