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Inside Drones (Jan 30th, 2019)

1. The Seattle-based startup Echodyne wants to test out drone-detecting radar during Sunday’s Super Bowl game. The Bill Gates-funded company recently filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking permission to operate its experimental radars for identifying rogue drones near Mercedes-Benz Stadium. If approved, the tests would take place under the direction of the FBI. Local, state, and federal officers will be watching for illegal drone flights at the Atlanta stadium after police issued a zero-tolerance policy for drones in the area. - THE GUARDIAN

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2. Sensor-equipped drones will be flown over ships to help crack down on water pollution in Hong Kong. The University of Science and Technology designed the drone technology, which will help Hong Kong inspectors enforce a new law that requires vessels in its waters to burn cleaner fuels. The drones will be flown over the ships' smoke plumes to detect the level of sulfur dioxide emissions in real time. “With the new laws, we need to design a system to screen ship emissions that is quick, stable, accurate and able to provide scientific evidence. It also has to be compact and lightweight," said Dr. Zhi Ning, lead researcher. - SCMP

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3. A drone reportedly flew over Bill Cosby as he was escorted around the State Correctional Institute Phoenix in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Last fall, a judge sentenced the former actor to three to 10 years in prison for aggravated indecent assault. As Drone DJ reports, a drone illegally flew over Cosby last week while he was being escorted in the prison yard of the correctional facility, which was subsequently locked down for the rest of the day. Cosby previously complained about drones flying over his house in Pennsylvania's Montgomery County. - DRONE DJ

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4. Scientists used drones to count marine animals, including sharks, along Australia's southeastern coastline. The drone footage was shot over a two-year period by researchers at the National Marine Science Centre at Southern Cross University and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Scientists counted around 4,000 large marine animals overall. The results indicated that a large animal was 135 times more likely to be a dolphin than a shark, which suggests that there are fewer dangerous sharks along the coast than previously thought. "Sharks are a little few and far between and what we saw was this other diverse wildlife, which we're excited about," said lead scientist and professor Brendan Kelaher. “When you look down from the air, from that eye in the sky, it’s amazing the things you see." - ABC NEWS

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5. CNN plans to fly a tethered drone at the Super Bowl to provide coverage of crowd activity. - APEX

6. From 2017 to 2018, the use of drones at construction sites jumped by nearly 240 percent, according to data from DroneDeploy.com. - STATESMAN JOURNAL

7. A 16-year-old created a drone that can detect and eliminate landmines. Harshwardhansinh Zala is the founder and CEO of Aerobotics 7, the company behind the EAGLE A7 drone. - YAHOO! NEWS

8. Crews will launch a wind-powered drone off the coast of Rhode Island today to better study the ocean's role in Earth's climate. - WUN

9. An Australia-based company detected roughly 400 drones flying over a critical infrastructure site in six months. The site, which wasn't identified in news reports, had restricted airspace. - SMH

10. The Israeli drone company Airobotics has added LiDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging, capabilities to its drones. - DRONE LIFE

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Written and curated by Beth Duckett in Orange County. Beth is a former reporter for The Arizona Republic who has written for USA Today, Get Out magazine, and other publications. Follow her tweets about breaking news in southern California here.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies) 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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