Dominos Delivery Drones Hit New Zealand

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Whangaparaoa, New Zealand – It is the dawning age of personal and commercial aerial drones use. No longer is this technology exclusively available for covert military and intelligence gathering missions, as prospective drone use increases in the private sector. Dominos Pizza is the latest company to foray into everday drone use. This month the pizza chain began implementing drone technology for their home delivery orders in Whangaparaoa, New Zealand and will serve as a proverbial petri dish for integrating this flourishing technology.

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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NASA’s “Robot Astronaut” In U.K. For Trials

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The Valkyrie “R5” Robot. (Image Credit: PAO PHOTOGRAPHERS- BILL STAFFORD, JAMES BLAIR, REGAN GEESEMAN)

 

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor
Edinburgh, UK– The NASA humanoid robotic astronaut, “Valkyrie,” is being perfected to eventually explore the surface of Mars, and has begun the next phase of its mobility and sensory testing at the Edinburgh Center for Robotics (ECR). To further its ability to navigate and move within variable environments, ERC is working to enhance its abilities to consistently achieve natural human movement. Valkyrie’s arrival at ERC is a major step forward in the human exploration of Mars, and potentially the ability to remotely navigate and manipulate disaster zones on Earth. It is NASA’s goal to make Valkyrie its first fully capable “robot astronaut.” With such an ambition Valkyrie requires special trials only ERC experts can provide.

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3D Photos On The Frontline In Syria

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Triumph Arch at Palmyra prior to the occupation by the so-called IS. (Image Credit: Institute For The Study Of The Ancient World)

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

London– In Trafalgar Square last week, a major crowd gathered for the premier of the two-thirds scale replica of the world famous Syrian Palmyra Roman Arch. The original arch was destroyed by the so-called IS during their occupation of Palmyra in 2015. The city was only recaptured this past March following a brutal military occupation. The 2,000 year old Roman ruins located in modern Syria have been one of many casualties of the ongoing, five-year civil war that has torn the nation apart. The quest to restore the damage committed by the so-called IS has been long and difficult and has been largely spearheaded by the Oxford University based Institute of Digital Archeology (IDA). Their approach in doing so has been incredibly innovative and the results are nothing less than stunning.

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Orizuru: The Paper Crane Drone On A Mission

Origami Crane UAV created by ROHM. (Image Credit: CNET)

By Kristen E. Strubberg Editor-in-Chief

Edited by Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

In October, LAPIS Semiconductor, a branch of the Japanese technology company RHOM, revealed Orizuru –  an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV or drone) shaped as an origami paper crane. The remote-controlled drone is a 3D printed creation made from a nylon filament. The origami look is then completed using layers of decorative folded paper. Unlike most drones commonly known, Orizuru executes flight in a dynamic new fashion. It is also repairing the damaged relationship between the nation of Japan, and drones in general.

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Flight Of The (Supersonic) Concorde II: The 2019 Return

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The Concorde Air France (Image Credit: Public Domain)

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

The Concorde is making a comeback. The supersonic commercial aircraft renowned for taking passengers Mach 2 was retired from service in 2003. Though a dedicated group of Concorde enthusiasts, Club Concorde, is in the market to purchase one of the remaining retired aircraft’s, and return it to operational capacity by 2019. Club Concorde’s mission has come one major step closer to realizing their dream.

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