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Sheep Adapt Readily to Regular Drone Monitoring, Says Virginia Tech Study.

Researchers flew a drone at varying heights above a flock of sheep, recording their reactions and behavior. The results point to little interference.

Researchers at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been studying the effects of drones on a variety of agricultural implementation, such as microbe analysis, and indeed, how drones affect the behavior of actual livestock such as sheep. According to Farmer’s Weekly, the evidence gathered seems to support the notion that sheep are largely undeterred from their regular patterns of behavior by nearby drones. Though some individual sheep may be put off at first by the unexpected presence of a whirring, aerial shepherd, adaptation occurs quickly and standard behavior resumes.

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Police drone helps save man’s life after car crash in freezing conditions.

A police drone was able to locate a man who had been in a car crash unconscious in a 6ft deep ditch in the dead of night.

The drone was deployed just after 2am today after witnesses saw a man walking away from the scene of the accident on the A16 south of Grimsby where a car had flipped onto its side.

Desperate to find the driver of the car, Lincolnshire Police used their drone, equipped with thermal imaging, to search the scene as officers from Humberside Police searched by foot.

And within a few minutes the drone managed to find the driver unconscious in a 6ft deep ditch 160 metres from where the accident had happened.

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Search crews locate missing plane parts via drone after fatal crash in Minden, Nevada

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team has located missing aircraft pieces from a fatal plane crash.

Undersheriff Paul Howell says the SAR team used a UAV drone to search the area where a Piper PA-34 Seneca crashed east of Jacks Valley Road on Monday, February 21.

The pieces were located about a half mile south of the crash site.

The fatal plane crash claimed the life of 64-year-old Stephen Filice, of Minden.

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Drones help to retrieve body of drowned swimmer at Fingal Head, New South Wales, Australia.

Even though emergency services had found the body in the water, dangerous surf conditions prevented them from retrieving the body. With the help of boats, jet skis, police divers, and drones, they were able to safely bring the body back to shore on Thursday morning.

“The drones give us another perspective on the water with a bird’s eye view,” Mr Samuels said. “Drones and helicopters can be very beneficial on a day like this.”

Australia has been deploying drones on a larger scale than anywhere else in the world for rescuing swimmers and keeping beachgoers safe in general. Recently two swimmers were safely brought back to shore with the help of the Little Ripper drone.

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Drones have saved 6 people from drowning off the coast of France.

Helper Drone has announced that it has saved a total of six people from drowning at locations off the coast of France, marking the first time in the world that swimmers were saved by a professional drone lifeguard.

The drone company was the product of an employee of Total, a French-based oil, gas and energy company who invented the drones because Total was interested in saving lives at sea when, for example, an employee falls off an offshore platform, but also because drones have other uses for the offshore industry such as performing tests or surveying.

MesoLoft Balloon-Drones Scatter Ashes of Loved Ones at Edge of Space.

MesoLoft uses high altitude balloons to deliver your loved one’s ashes 15-20 miles up into Earth’s stratosphere, and release them to the elements. This “release and remember” approach will result in the remains falling back down to Earth during the course of several months. For those who are absolute in their desire for cremation and have an equally passionate attachment to space and our planet, this might just be for you.

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