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Butterfly swarm shows up on Denver radar system

Butterfly swarm shows up on Denver radar system

Science
A colourful, shimmering spectacle detected by weather radar over the US state of Colorado has been identified as swarms of migrating butterflies.Scientists at the National Weather Service (NWS) first mistook the orange radar blob for birds and had asked the public to help identifying the species.They later established that the 70-mile wide (110km) mass was a kaleidoscope of Painted Lady butterflies.Forecasters say it is uncommon for flying insects to be detected by radar."We hadn't seen a signature like that in a while," said NWS meteorologist Paul Schlatter, who first spotted the radar blip."We detect migrating birds all the time, but they were flying north to south," he told CBS News, explaining that this direction of travel would be unusual for migratory birds for the time of year.So he...
Nest reveals alarm system and smart doorbell

Nest reveals alarm system and smart doorbell

Technology
Nest is expanding its range of smart home products, ending a lull in which it improved existing kit, but did not expand into fresh categories.The items include an internet-connected intruder alarm, a video-streaming doorbell and a door lock system developed in collaboration with Yale.In addition, the firm - which is part of the Google empire - announced an outdoor version of its IQ facial recognition camera.The tech is priced at a premium.The Nest Secure alarm starter pack, for example, will cost $ 499 (£367) when it goes on sale in November.And if owners want to add a cellular back-up service to ensure it still works if the wi-fi connection goes down, there is an additional $ 50 per year charge.By contrast, the Era Vault smartphone alarm system starts at about £150, Yale's SR-320 smart al
AUD counter-drone system upgraded by Blighter

AUD counter-drone system upgraded by Blighter

Business
Sept. 8 (UPI) -- The AUDS counter-drone system has been enhanced for deployment on vehicles and features new technology to defeat swarm attacks.The AUDS system was first deployed in 2015 by a consortium of British companies -- Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems. It uses an intuitive interface to detect, track, identify and defeat a drone in about 15 seconds at a range of up to six miles."We have continued to refine our advanced RF inhibition capabilities to meet identified changes in the threat, enabling additional attributes designed to engage with some of the longer range fixed-winged drones that have appeared over the last 12 months," Colin Bullock, chief executive officer of Enterprise Control Systems, said in a press release. "Our specialist R...
U.S. Army tests JETS forward observer targeting system

U.S. Army tests JETS forward observer targeting system

Business
Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Soldiers at Fort Bragg have completed durability testing with the Joint Effects Targeting System for forward observers calling in artillery and airstrikes, the Army announced on Friday."Operational testing provides soldiers the opportunity to use, work with and offer up their suggestions on pieces of equipment that can impact development of systems that future soldiers will use in combat," director of Army Airborne testing Col. Brad Mock said in a press release.The JETS is a tripod-mounted targeting system used to designate targets for precision guided bombs and artillery. It uses a combination of laser and azimuth designation systems to guide outside weapons by ground troops.The system is being developed for use by both airborne units and conventional ground-based infantr...
DARPA demonstrates TALONS parasail mast system

DARPA demonstrates TALONS parasail mast system

Business
Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has completed a test demonstration of its Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems, or TALONS, surveillance and communications parasail mast.The Cyclone-class coastal patrol vessel USS Zephyr tested the TALONS over three days off the coast of Naval Station Mayport, Fla. The tests found that the parasail mast deployed and recovered safely and increased the communications range of the Zephyr to its small rigid-hull boats."We're very pleased with the USS Zephyr testing, which showed that a future system based on TALONS could provide operational benefits for even small Navy vessels," DARPA program manager Scott Littlefield said.The TALONS is being developed to lift up to 150 lbs. of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and c...