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Inside Drones (Nov 19th, 2018)

1. Researchers successfully transported a human kidney by drone earlier this year, according to a newly released study. The trial involved the use of a kidney that wasn't healthy enough for transplantation. A team, led by Dr. Joseph Scalea of the University of Maryland Medical Center, equipped a DJI M600 Pro with a wireless biosensor to measure temperature, barometric pressure, and other data from the kidney while it was airborne. The results, published in the IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine on Nov. 6, showed that the kidney's temperature was stable and it was not damaged during 14 drone flight missions. The research team believes drones could be a viable way to deliver organs between hospitals. - IEEE SPECTRUM

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2. Drones have been deployed over Paradise, California to boost recovery efforts while the Camp Fire continues to burn. The fire, which has killed 77 people and devastated the small town, is not expected to be fully contained until Nov. 30. In the meantime, teams have deployed at least 15 drones to map and visualize disaster-struck areas. At least 10,000 acres need to be mapped, which can help authorities better navigate burned areas and boost their response, according to Romeo Durscher, DJI’s Director or Public Safety Integration. - DRONE DJ

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3. New Jersey farmers are using drones to count deer in their fields. The drones, which can fly up to 400 feet, use thermal-heat imaging to locate deer in and around participating farms. The final tally could help local farmers prove that New Jersey has too many deer, which can wreak havoc on the environment, according to Peter Furey, executive director of the New Jersey Farm Bureau. "We are just going to seek to create a coalition of interested parties in trying to arrest the over-population," Furey said. - NJ1015

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4. The police chief of Highland Park, Illinois says the city could have benefited from using a drone to search for a missing kayaker and swimmer, who died in Lake Michigan. Police Chief Louis Jogmen asked the city to purchase a UAV at a cost of $20,000 to $24,000, as well as train four police officers to become certified drone pilots. He cited cases involving people who have drowned or been swept away by waters on Lake Michigan, where a drone search could have prevented the deaths or found the bodies sooner. - PIONEER PRESS

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5. DJI's Black Friday sale has officially kicked off. Customers can save up to 30 percent on drones and accessories, including the DJI Mavic Air for $699 ($100 off).

6. SKEYE's Nano 2 Drone is on sale for $19 for Black Friday.

7. New drone classes are attracting more students at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois.

8. Police in North Carolina deployed drones to search for a missing 13-year-old girl. Hania Noelia Aguilar, from Lumberton, disappeared on Nov. 5 and was likely abducted.

9. The opening of a Niger-based U.S. Air Base for armed drones has been delayed by six months. Niger Air Base 201, originally slated to open by year's end, won't be operational until mid-2019, the U.S. military said this week.

10. A Colorado AI company used a drone to hang Christmas lights on two 80-foot-tall trees. "There was definitely a learning process to it, but after the third or fourth try we had it down pretty quick," said Robert Hale of DragonFly AI.

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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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