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Inside Drones (Apr 17th, 2018)

A U.K. incident of a drone nearly colliding with a plane was given the highest-risk rating by the country's air-safety agency. The Airbus 319 was taking off from London's Heathrow Airport on Jan. 7 when a medium-size white drone flew within 20 feet of it, according to a report from the U.K. Airprox Board. The report didn't identify the flight number or airline, but said that the plane was flying with 160 passengers at a height of 4,800 feet. The pilot didn't have time to take corrective action. the agency reported. - CNET

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Researchers are using drones to track malaria-carrying monkeys in Malaysia. The disease found in macaque monkeys accounts for nearly 70 percent of all human malaria cases in the country. The number of cases has risen as well, from 376 in 2008 to 1,604 in 2016. Researchers from the Monkey Bar Project are using drones fitted with infrared cameras to track monkeys in the forest. They are also using drones to monitor deforestation. Studies show a strong correlation between cleared forests and the number of malaria cases, likely because it forces monkeys to live closer to humans. They hope to slow down the spread of the disease. - DRONEDJ

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Intel will put on a drone show to coincide with Israel's Independence Day. The company will deploy 300 of its Shooting Star drones on Wednesday to celebrate the state’s ceremony in Jerusalem. The quadcopters are programmed to create images of the Star of David, the walls of Jerusalem, and the peace dove. One operator will fly all 300 drones. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich will also participate in the event on Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl. Intel has deployed its Shooting Star drones at other major events, like the 2018 Winter Olympics and the Super Bowl. - TIMES OF ISRAEL

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A California fire department used a drone to track and capture a fleeing suspect. Police received reports of an armed man running through yards and jumping fences in Fremont in the San Francisco Bay area. Officers identified the man as 31-year-old Marquise McClinton, who had a warrant for a felony probation violation involving possession of a firearm. He was also a suspect in several police cases. The Fremont Fire Department deployed a drone to serve the warrant, and later tracked McClinton's movements after he fled from his home. McClinton was captured and taken into custody. - BAY CITY NEWS

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Drone technology supplied evidence for prosecutors in a wildlife crime. A year ago, a cow and calf moose were illegally shot in Saskatchewan, Canada. Researchers used a fixed-wing senseFly eBee drone to take photos and recreate a 3D map of the crime scene. They use a digitized tool to highlight moose and tire tracks, showing how the crime occurred. The project was undertaken by the drone company Draganfly Innovations, along with Saskatchewan Polytechnic. - UNMANNED AERIAL

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