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Inside Drones (Sep 7th, 2018)

1. A North Dakota golf course will start drone deliveries to customers on September 15. Israel-based Flytrex, which is providing the drones, made its first UAV delivery of food last month at the King's Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks, N.D. The company just posted a video online showing the flight, which appeared to go smoothly. Starting this month, the golf course will conduct a six-week trial of the drone deliveries, which will cost $3 per flight. Customers will be able to order drinks and food via an app. "The young golfers think it's great. We've had people already call and ask — when's the drone flying?" the golf course's executive director, Bill Palmiscno, told CNN. - USA TODAY

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2. Ukrainian authorities uncovered a quadcopter that was likely used to smuggle narcotics and other items across the border. The large unmanned aircraft, which is believed to be homemade, was discovered close to the country's border with Romania. In a news release, the Ukrianian government said that the drone can be used to smuggle "tobacco products, narcotic substances, weapons, ammunition or means of terror." - POPULAR MECHANICS

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3. Researchers in Germany unveiled a drone-made canopy that can alter its shape depending on the surroundings. The concept, called Cyber Physical Macro Material, relies on drones to manipulate and move the canopy's shade, which is comprised of carbon fiber modules with sensors and communication technology. The drones can be programmed to respond to the surrounding environment, such as moving to protect people from the sun. It was developed by researchers at the University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Computational Design and Construction. - CURBED

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4. New statistics in the U.K. show that as of December, 17 people have been found guilty of using drones to smuggle contraband into prisons. Five additional people were convicted last week of drone-related offenses, according to Drone Life. The publication reported that police last year arrested members of an organized gang that has smuggled $1.5 million worth of weapons, phones and drugs into prisons across the U.K. Evidence indicates that "fundamental changes are required by prison authorities to tackle contraband, not just anti-drone technology," Drone Life said. - DRONELIFE

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5. New video footage shows a Turkish farmer reacting to a drone, which he had never encountered before. Hasan Demir, who lives in Sirakonak, apparently thought the drone was a swarm of flies trying to attack his cattle. The drone pilot, a filmmaker named Serkan Demirel, later visited with Hasan to explain the situation.

6. Skydio announced that its R1 drone is now open to third-party app developers.

7. Police used a drone to locate an 83-year-old woman suffering from dementia, who went missing this week in Corsham, west Wiltshire, England.

8. An Ohio man claims that a neighbor shot his DJI Inspire 2 out of the air, damaging it as a result.

9. Polygon has published a guide for how to beat the Drone Challenges portion of the "Spider-Man" game for Playstation 4. 

10. Gizmodo says DJI's Mavic 2 is its "New Favorite Drone." The tech news website published a lengthy review this week of the Mavic 2 series, which it writes "is unlike anything else on the market."

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Written and curated by Beth Duckett in California. Beth is a former investigative reporter who covered drones for The Arizona Republic. Follow her tweets covering public safety and breaking news in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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