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Skycatch uses drones to make 3D aerial maps

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-03 13:09

Skycatch is a company built around drones. But CEO Christian Sanz isn't interested in using drones to deliver stuff or spy on people.

"For us, it's just another server that happens to have propellers on it," Sanz says.

Skycatch uses drones to obtain aerial 3D images of construction sites. Companies use the detailed maps for planning and coordinating. In some cases, businesses even use the maps so they can automate bulldozers and other construction equipment on the ground.

"We are the first company to automate another machine using a drone," Sanz says.

According to Sanz, using Skycatch's services is as simple as opening up an app. "We invented this concept of being able to, at any given point, open up your app and make a call or just highlight the area you want mapped and we immediately match you up with a pilot," he says.

And for all the budding drone pilots out there, Skycatch is looking for recruits.

"Right now we are going through a process of verifying and also certifying pilots," Sanz says.

Fulham 1-3 Sunderland

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 13:03
Premier League Sunderland come from behind to beat Championship side Fulham and avoid an FA Cup upset.

Manchester United 3-0 Cambridge United

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:56
Manchester United will travel to Preston in the FA Cup fifth round after beating League Two Cambridge United.

Lots Of Confusion Over Teacher Firings At Howard University Middle School

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:52

Parents and students say the teachers were fired for teaching black history. The NAACP says otherwise.

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Greece lobbies EU leaders over debt

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:46
Greece's leaders receive a guarded welcome to their proposals for a debt deal, ahead of crunch talks with EU creditors and leaders.

Rowing coach goes missing in Thames

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:33
A missing rowing coach may have fallen in the River Thames in south-west London, the port authority says.

Jordan May Execute Would-Be Bomber After ISIS Kills Pilot

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:22

Audie Cornish speaks with Daoud Kuttab, director of Radio al Balad in Amman, Jordan. He talks about how Jordanians are reacting to the death of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kasaesbeh.

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Nebraska Says Colorado Pot Isn't Staying On Its Side Of The Border

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:21

Law enforcement in Nebraska towns near the Colorado border are reporting a jump in pot-related offenses. Legalization next door, they say, is creating burdensome consequences they never asked for.

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VIDEO: King: Jordan must stand together

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:20
Jordan's King Abdullah has cut short a trip to the US following the killing of pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh by Islamic State.

VIDEO: Embarrassing own goal by Bettinelli

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:13
Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli parries the ball into his own goal to equalise for Sunderland and make it 1-1 in the FA Cup 4th round replay.

Duo Smashes World Distance Record In Gas Balloon

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:13

It took six days, 16 hours and 38 minutes and an unexpected detour down the California coast. Audie Cornish talks to Troy Bradley about his trans-Pacific journey with Leonid Tiukhtyaev.

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Beyond Rash And Fever: How Measles Can Kill

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:09

It happened to Roald Dahl's daughter in 1962. It still happens today, in the U.S. and around the world. In rare cases, measles becomes an incurable disease.

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Marco Rubio Challenges Obama Administration's New Approach To Cuba

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:06

Florida Republican Marco Rubio is using his new role as chairman of a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee to rail against what he sees as U.S. concessions to Cuba. He's particularly concerned about plans to reopen the U.S. embassy in Havana.

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House Votes To Repeal ACA, Though Bill Unlikely To Pass Senate

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:06

The House has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the first such full repeal vote in two nearly two years. Some 19 million Americans would lose health coverage under the legislation. The bill, though, is not likely to pass the Senate, where a half dozen Democrats would have to go along with it. President Obama has also promised to veto legislation that undoes his signature achievement.

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ISIS Video Purports To Show Killing Of Jordanian Pilot

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:06

A gruesome video from the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS, released on Tuesday purports to show the killing of the Jordanian pilot who was captured in Syria in December.

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Standard & Poor's To Pay Over $1 Billion In Legal Settlement

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:06

Standard & Poor's has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle charges that it gave false ratings to mortgage-related securities in the years leading up the financial crisis.

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U.K. Lawmakers Allow Scientists To Attempt 'DNA Transplants'

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:06

The British Parliament has voted to allow scientists to attempt to do "DNA transplants" on women's eggs to try to help them have healthy babies. Doctors want to do this to help families carrying devastating "mitochondrial diseases." But opponents question whether transferring DNA from healthy eggs into the eggs of women carrying these diseases is safe, and whether it would open the door to "designer babies."

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Arrest Warrant For Argentine President Found In Dead Prosecutor's Home

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 11:31

The prosecutor investigating the death of Alberto Nisman denied the arrest warrant existed. She changed her story today, adding further proof of a tense relationship between the president and Nisman.

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VIDEO: Warnings over 'skinny selfies' craze

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 11:06
Psychiatrists are warning of a craze for posting "skinny selfies" on social media websites, particularly by teenage girls.

Love Hot Sauce? Your Personality May Be A Good Predictor

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 11:04

Personality seems to play a key role in our lust for heat in our food. Research has found that thrill seekers tend to like the burn of a spicy meal, and the lure is different for men and women.

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