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Ces drones qui surveillent la faune

Les drones s'avèrent de plus en plus utiles pour surveiller toutes sortes d'animaux. Voici quelques exemples, du moustique à l'éléphant.

Emily Turrettini pour Le Huffington Post.

One in every five minutes on a mobile phone is spent on Facebook
Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 11.38.58.png Users spend an average of 46 minutes a day on Facebook's apps, the company reveals during second-quarter results. The Telegraph reports.

quotemarksright.jpgFacebook now accounts for one out of every five minutes people spend on mobile phones in the US, the social network revealed, as it unveiled second-quarter results.

Users also spend an average of 46 minutes a day on Facebook's apps, excluding the massively popular messaging service WhatsApp, with people making 1.5bn searches a day on the site. It has also indexed more than two trillion posts.

The figures announced by Facebook, led by founder Mark Zuckerberg, shows its growth in popularity, with 1.49bn monthly active users as of June 30, up 13% from a year earlier. Of these, 1.31bn accessed the service through mobile devices, a rise of 23%.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Smithsonian to Kickstart Museum Preservation, Starting with Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit
3D-scan-Neil-Armstrongs-suit-for-3D-printing-on-Kickstarter.jpgToday, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has launched its first-ever Kickstarter campaign, titled Reboot the Suit, to preserve human history with 3D scanning and more. 3D Printing Industry reports.

quotemarksright.jpgAsking for $500,000, the museum has already raised more than a fifth of its goal to conserve the iconic spacesuit that Neil Armstrong wore when he became the first person to set foot on the Earth’s moon.

As it stands, the 21-layer spacesuit is among the museum’s most fragile artifacts, stored in a climate controlled storage area where, despite every measure to protect it, the suit’s material has slowly begun to decay and its colors fade. On top of that, this storage unit is necessarily restricted to public access. But, with its $500k, the Smithsonian will conduct chemical analysis, CT scans, photogrammetry, 3D scanning, and other processes, along with consultations with the original designers of the suit, to ensure that it is preserved “down to the particles of lunar dust that cling to its surface.”

Once complete, the Smithsonian will display the suit on the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing, July 20, 2019, before being transferred to their Destination Moon exhibit, which will open in 2021.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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The latest tech sport taking the country by storm? Drone Racing

On July 16, more than 120 pilots gathered at the California State Fair in Sacramento to usher in a new era in tech sports: drone racing. The Boston Globe reports.

quotemarksright.jpgTeams from across the country, and indeed the world, competed on what’s best described as an oversized dog agility course, maneuvering their drones at speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour. Quadcopters no larger than a dinner plate zoomed between obstacles, often traveling faster sideways than forward. Needless to say, the crashes were spectacular.

Remote aircraft racing is hardly new, but the use of first-person view (FPV) cameras and headsets puts the pilots back in the cockpits. With no people at risk, the courses can be more challenging, the maneuvers more daring. The cameras capture footage that makes “Star Wars” pod racing look tame and rivals any racing video game. Races of this nature are now cropping up across the country.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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