How drones are being used in the fight against poachers

How drones are being used in the fight against poachers

Zimbabwe and Malawi have started using South African drones to combat poaching. As part of the Air Shepherd program, Drone Solutions is providing drones to national parks that use live infrared footage to track poachers and help guide ground teams. Elephants and rhinos are hunted for their ivory and horns and can have their tusks hacked off while they are still alive or are simply killed for them. Elephant populations fell at least 30% between 2007 and 2014, whilst around 1,000 rhinos are killed each year to supply demand for rhino horn. Oct 18, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan pledge $3bn towards curing all diseases

The two founders of the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative pledged more than $3 billion toward a plan to cure, prevent or manage all disease within our childrens lifetime. Investments will include a bioscience research centre, called the Biohub, and plans for a chip to diagnose diseases, continuous bloodstream monitoring and a map of cell types in the body. Sep 22, 2016

Attaching shark teeth to saw blades shows why they are shaped differently

A study sought to understand why shark teeth are shaped differently and what biological advantages various shapes have by testing their performance under realistic conditions. The researchers from the University of Washington attached different shark teeth to a saw and attempted to cut through a hunk of salmon at the same speed a shark would devour its prey. Sep 9, 2016

China planning $1.5bn theme park that will take visitors to space in weather balloons

A large Chinese entrepreneurial investor is keen to get the jump on Virgin Galactic and launch trips to the edge of space using weather balloons from China. KuangChi Science has announced plans to invest ¥10m (yuan - $1.5m, £1.12m) into developing a futuristic theme park in Hangzhou province called Future Valley, which comes with a series of rides aiming to let people experience what it would feel like to be an astronaut in space. Sep 7, 2016

Dominos trial drone pizza delviveries

Pizza chain Dominos is aiming to become the first company in the world to operate a commercial drone delivery service. They are aiming to start commercial deliveries later this year, beating companies like Google, Amazon and DHL. Aug 25, 2016

F-35 fighter-pilot helmet technology takes aerial warfare into the future

Lockheed Martins new F-35 Lightning II fighter jet is being hailed as the worlds most advanced tactical aircraft and a new technological era for aerial warfare. Its been 15-years in the making, each cost nearly $90 million, and after being plagued with setbacks has recently been declared ready for combat. While the plane itself is something to marvel, the helmets its pilots wear are also taking things to the next-generation. Aug 23, 2016