OctoSpy: The use of drones to spy for animal welfare


This is an interesting broadcasting from Landline (ABC) on the topic of the use of UAVs to spy on farms and check whether they comply with animal welfare regulations when they brand themselves as free-range poultry production for example. This technology has been used by Animal Liberation activists. Since they fly the UAV below 30 m, it complies with CASA regulations. This technology will be used this summer in Australia to check the legality of cattle feedlots.

To see the full broadcast, click the following link:

Sky Wars (ABC) Landline


The use of drones for firefighting is taking off!


The use of drones for firefighting is not something new. The drones used in this case are of around $30K, which is a bit expensive.

I am completely sure that designing a specific drone in any University will be for a fraction of this money. The University of Melbourne (Melbourne School of Land and Environment) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics is designing a specialised drone (Octocopter) for grapevine water status and growth monitoring. This same project will incorporate stereoscopic cameras to be used for yield prediction models.

Link to video and article of firefighting drones: CLICK HERE

Moderate wine consumption and depression



Alcoholic beverages are widely consumed. Depression, the most prevalent mental disorder worldwide, has been related to alcohol intake. We aimed to prospectively assess the association between alcohol intake and incident depression using repeated measurements of alcohol intake. “One drink a day, preferentially wine, may help prevent depression,” said lead researcher Dr. Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez, chair of the department of preventive medicine and public health at the University of Navarra, in Pamplona.

Link to full article: 1741-7015-11-192