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Agridrone is made for targeted bug strikes (Tomorrow Daily 381)Check out a drone designed to specifically target crop-destroying pests; also, Blue Origin manufactured an emergency capsule landing this past weekend.
[MUSIC] Greetings citizens of the internet. Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best talk show in the known universe, I'm Ashley Esqueda. And I'm Jeff Cannata. We're recovering from E3, but we still have headlines for you We do. Targeted drone strikes are a controversial topic to be sure, however, what if we were talking about targeting bugs. Meet AGRI DRONE a collaboration between Saga University, Saga Prefecture, and IT company OPTiM in Japan. AGRI DRONE was created to use less Pesticides on crops. In a recent test, it used infrared and thermal cameras to hunt down around 50 different kinds of pests at night doling out a precision strike of pesticides to take out the bad bugs after locating them. If you're into more traditional methods, AgriDrone can carry an electric bug zapper around your fields at night too. There's still some work to be done at AgriDrone But honestly, we think this would be a great way to eliminate using a lot of chemicals on your crops. It's kinda crazy, it feels like they're individually targeting bugs, which seems really inefficient to me. But, Zooming in. But then you dont' have to soak a whole crop in chemicals. Yeah. well I appreciate that. Pretty nice. Not eating the pesticides. Blue Origin, created an emergency on their rocket, on purpose. Did it work? It sure sounded like it did. The commercial space company launched New Shepherd for the fourth time his past weekend. It reached its target altitude and then the team created a problem for its crew capsule. Only two of the capsules threw parachutes open, forcing it to make a hard landing at around 23 miles per hour. The rocket re-landed without any hitches and the capsule hit dirt and stayed intact. Blue Origin will now spend time examining every inch of the capsule to see what kind of damage might have occurred and how serious it might have been. I guess that's how you do it, you intentionally create problems but it sounds like it came through with flying colors. Yeah, it looks like it did alright. I know they want to do pilot driven training Next year and then the goal would be actual commercial space tours in 2018. I hope they don't create problems for the pilot driven ships. I mean, I guess you would, right? You would want do that in simulations at least. In simulations, yeah, I would imagine so but not intentionally crashing. The parachuting, one of your crew capsules does seem pretty intense. Okay, listen, you're gonna get in a capsule, we're gonna drop one of those parachutes out- It's gonna be real bad. gonna be real rough- [LAUGH] but we just wanna see what happens. Good luck! What do you want to talk about? We may or may not do a long show this weekend as we're not sure yet. Yeah. So, because of Vid Con there's some scheduling stuff and it's all crazy. Crazy week. If we did- I kind of like the targeted bugs I like that targeted [UNKNOWN] too.>> Pretty cool. Pretty interesting way of using drones. Maybe we'll run both. I don't know. It's a short week. We'll see. If you guys want to talk about the show today yo can use the hashtag #HEYTD on Twitter. Just let us know if you have any feedback about either of these stories. which you prefer to hear more talk about. We like that. Use the hash-tag and then we will incorporate your discussion into our long show, if we have one. Yes and with that being said, let's check out our phonetographer of the day. [CAMERA NOISES] Today's phonetography comes from Matt Who did not, in fact, give me the name of his advice, but I'm gonna use his picture anyway. Because, one, it's selfie, and two, he says so in a not so much historical episode but also not your most recent, you guys said folding fitted sheets was an impossibility. I'm not entirely sure how serious you were, but I I'm in line to kind of boast, because I did it. I cut the frozen cheese if you will. I don't know what that means. I don't either. But He did fold a fitted sheet, and for that my friend Matt, we salute you.>>It's impressive if that is indeed a fitted sheet. I'm a little skeptical. It looks like a pillow.>>He sent multiple photos of the fitted sheet, and I have to say, I am impressed. And, Matt, you're better than us. That's basically all we can say.>>I guess Matt doesn't need a robot to fold his fitted sheets. for him. We do, though, we still need one. You know what, even if I could fold a fitted sheet, would I want to if I had a robot? No, of course not. So, if you guys want to send in your phonetography, the theme this month is selfies, we're almost done. Yeah, it's awesome, it's in a fun month of Coming to an end. Selfies, but we appreciate those. Send them to us, tell us what device you took it on. Give us your name, tell us how to pronounce it, give us permission to use it on the show, and tell us a little story about why you took that picture. We like finding out about fitted sheets and such. Yes. Feel free to get creative with your stories. That is it for today's show, we'll be back tomorrow with a brand new docket of science facts meeting science fiction and do the most delicious Science-y tech sandwich you got [INAUDIBLE] in your life. But until then. Be good humans. Bye ya. [MUSIC]