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Inside Drones (Oct 5th, 2018)

1. President Trump is expected to sign a bill that would promote drone testing while granting power to the federal government to shoot down private drones that pose as a threat. The U.S. Senate approved the FAA Reauthorization Act this week, which outlines new rules for airports and planes and renews FAA funding. In addition, the bill includes provisions concerning drones, which are supported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The rules allow the government to take control of or shoot down threatening citizen drones without a warrant. According to DHS, the regulations are needed because terrorist groups can use drones to "drop explosive payloads, deliver harmful substances and conduct illicit surveillance." The American Civil Liberties Union has argued against the provisions, saying that they give the government "carte blanche to surveil, seize, or even shoot a drone out of the sky—whether owned by journalists or commercial entities—with no oversight or due process." - TECHCRUNCH

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2. Researchers are using drones to count endangered crocodiles along river banks in Nepal. The drone images will be compared to ground surveys of the gharials and mugger crocodiles living along the Babai River. In the past, the wildlife researchers would count the animals manually by deploying five groups of five people. “We had to pay for not only their training, but also for their travel and accommodation," researcher Gokarna Jung Thapa said. With the drone's help, the work requires only three researchers, and is less expensive and faster. - MONGABAY

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3. Researchers are using a drone to observe and study whales off the coast of Oregon. Leigh Torres, a whale researcher from Oregon State University, said only about 10 percent of a whale's actions are visible from the surface. Having a drone allows her team to "observe for much longer periods and detect new behaviors, such as what we are calling 'headstands,' where the whale is poking its head and mouth into reefs, crevices and substrates to feed," she said. The drone efforts, which are part of a whale research program at the university, also allow the researchers to better study the whale's poop, which can provide more biological data — such as hormone levels — about the animals. - OREGON LIVE

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4. Aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand is now using a drone instead of helicopters to take aerial photos. Arthus-Bertrand's 2002 book "The Earth From the Air" has sold more than 4 million copies. The artist has switched to using a DJI Inspire 2 with a Zenmuse X7 camera to take photos instead of riding in helicopters or hot-air balloons, he said. “We are able to shoot aerial images from a completely new perspective, and I am convinced that I will continue using drone technology for my work in the future," he said. You can view Arthus-Bertrand's latest drone film project, "Woman," on YouTube. - TECHRADAR

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5. The police department in Williamsport, Pennsylvania has acquired a drone, which it plans to use in emergency situations and to keep an eye over the city.

6. Authorities deployed a drone in the search for a missing woman whose SUV was found crashed along a highway in Texas. Kimberly Flint, 57, has been missing since September 26.

7. A new YouTube video has some tips for flying drones in mountainous areas. It's more difficult to fly drones at higher altitudes because of the lower-density air and lower temperatures, which affect battery performance. (Note: The video is French but has English subtitles.)

8. The Forbes Technology Council has predicted how they think drone deliveries will work in the future. One of the predictions is that drones will regularly be used in conjunction with ground delivery vehicles.

9. The Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI) has announced its support for the new FAA bill, which will allow the federal government to shoot down threatening drones. The alliance includes DJI, FatShark, 3DR, GoPro, Parrot, Kittyhawk, and others.

10. A new drone video shows off the colorful fall foliage of Utah's Ogden Valley.

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Written and curated by Beth Duckett in California. 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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