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Inside Drones (Dec 10th, 2018)

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1. The Atlantic published an article about how birds have inspired drone technology. According to writer Rebecca Giggs, drone innovators have closely studied "the biomechanics and behaviors of birds" to find inspiration for drone-related designs. The article touches on the Chinese government's use of dove-designed drones and the Australian wedge-tail eagles that attack drones in the air, among other drone-bird associations. - THE ATLANTIC

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2. DJI plans to unveil its Mavic 2 Remote Controller during CES 2019 on Jan. 8. Drone DJ first reported the news, citing an unidentified source. The controller is expected to have a built-in display and could be similar to DJI’s 5.5 inch version of the CrystalSky display. CES 2019, an exhibition of next-generation consumer technologies, takes place Jan. 8 through 11 in Las Vegas. - DRONE DJ

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3. Public and private organizations are hoping to introduce drones to farms in the Philippines. Drones could be used to apply fertilizer, manage pests, and plant seeds at Filipino rice farms, according to the Philippine Rice Research Institute. The agency partnered with New Hope to conduct initial testing, which showed that a drone can apply 16 liters of fertilizer spray per hectare — versus 160 liters per hectare using a knapsack sprayer. Drones could also encourage more young people to join rice farming, according to the Institute. - BUSINESS MIRROR

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4. Researchers deployed drones to keep an eye on flooding along Ghana's coastline. Specifically, researcher Kwasi Addo Appeaning and his colleagues monitored flooding in Fuvemeh, a community in Ghana's eastern Volta delta that is susceptible to erosion and floods, particularly because of climate change. Drone images taken with a DJI Phantom 3 and HD camera revealed that erosion and flooding have severely impacted the delta in recent years. As a result, a sustainable approach is needed to raise inhabitants' resilience "through building defensive sea structures, for example, or replacing sand lost through erosion with other material," according to Appeaning. - PHYS.ORG

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5. The FAA released the first video as part of its new drone ad campaign. The clip, which appears to be targeted to children, warns viewers to “keep buzzy in view.”

6. Tello's Quadcopter Drone is on sale for $79 on Amazon. The drone, which is made from DJI flight tech, is normally $100.

7. Atlantic Council published an article about Maj. Marcel Podhorodecki, a Polish public affairs officer who uses his DJI Phantom 4 on communications missions.

8. By 2030, there could be 5.6 million drone deliveries a year in Australia, according to a report by local economists.

9. Popular Mechanics compiled a list of gifts to buy for people who love drones. Its not just UAVs on the list, but many drone-related accessories.

10. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology are developing learning-capable drones, according to an online video report by VOA.

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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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