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    Pix4D's software creates 3-D maps from drone images. Küng told the TEDx crowd that such technology has already been widely applied—for Haitian relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy, by farmers seeking to manage far-flung crops and fields, by mining companies monitoring changes to open pit mines, and by festivals to monitor crowd size for security reasons, among other uses.
    In Colorado, the U.S. Geological Survey has mounted a thermal imaging camera on a drone to count sandhill cranes when they are settled in on the ground for the night.
    An Orangutan Conservancy effort that shows aerial surveys can identify the animals' distribution and density in Indonesia and Malaysia, which is key because ground-based efforts are slow and costly in the thick forests that orangutans favor.
    The unmanned craft can also chart land use changes like deforestation, which is threatening an untold number of species.
    The precision agriculture movement uses technology to monitor fields, increasing yields and saving money. Gielow noted that precision applications of pesticides, water, or fertilizers, which drones can help by identifying exactly where such resources are needed and delivering them there, is better for the environment and for a farmer's bottom line.

    Drone cameras that spot where nitrogen levels are low, meanwhile, or watch the growth of a specific field section, can also help farmers

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    Unmanned vehicles could be especially useful for fighting fires at night, said Bewley, who directs the Flow Control and Coordinated Robotics Labs at University of California, San Diego.

    "One of the most effective times to fight a fire is at night, when the winds are down and you can contain things," he explained. (See wildfire safety tips.)

    "But unless you have aerial surveillance on an area and make sure that there are safe exits, then you can't have firefighting teams out."

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    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 01:28:15 PM PDT

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