1. Rain affected towns in Victoria are holding council meetings to prepare for even more rain, with a band on the north east of the state set to hit again.
2. A review of lifestock farming has found that the biggest concerns for animal welfare are forcing premature births in dairy cows, docking heifers’ tails & mulesing sheep. They are looking to balance the benefits and risks of each.
3. A recent survey found that the 128,000 Australian farm businesses feed approximately 60 million people worldwide, including 24 million Australians. That a total of about 1% of the entire world being fed with Australian-farmed produce.
4. Contestants of the show Farmer Wants A Wife have said that the show ‘ruined their life’, with one farmer hospitalised after struggling to cope with the experience.
5. A bomb that went of in a rich New York neighbourhood, injuring 29 people, is being considered an ‘act of terror’ but has not been connected with ISIS.
6. Bourke, NSW has one of the highest rates of crime in Australia. To combat this problem, they are aiming to spend more money on community-building, rather than the prisons and correctional facilities that are most often employed to solve the problem.
7. The Port of Melbourne has been sold by the Victorian government for $9.7 billion – most of it will go towards improving public transport but $200 million will go to a rural jobs fund.
8. Calls have been made to ban the ATA 5-shot semi-automatic shotgun after a farmer suffered brain damage when his gun exploded sideways during routine shooting.
9. A Brisbane bug breeder is selling predator mites that kill smaller mites that damage strawberry crops and have an immunity to chemical pesticides.
10. A farmer in WA is using a drone that emits bird of prey noises from a speaker to scare birds away from his crops.
8 Coming Advancements in Aviation
Our world is changing and improving at a faster rate than ever before in forms of new technology. There’s no doubt that aviation is evolving fast. Here are 10 possible future advancements likely to transform the aviation world:
Even though drones are fairly recent inventions, they are already on the road to improvement to be programmed to work in packs. This is called Quadrotors, researchers at General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception Lab are developing these currently. The robots will swarm together and work together in teams without human interaction.
Iron Man Costume
Jumping from a plane without a parachute is currently considered crazy. However, in the future this could be made possible by high technology.
Suits known as Exoskeletons give a human superhuman strength due to the polymer gel muscles inserted into them which are 5 times stronger than human muscles. Benefits of these suits include giving a human the ability to work for long periods with out fatiguing, allowing maximum strength and endurance.
New Aviation Warrior System
This new system is all-knowing and all-seeing with situational awareness technology that can be worn by the pilot. This incredible helmet consists of a wearable and centralized data processing computer. This computer provides maps, sensor imagery, video and messaging data from military networks. A survival radio and GPS is also integrated into the device. This device will greatly enhance a fighter pilot’s capacity to handle hostile situations with its advanced technology features.
The Mind Reader
An ambitious team based in Tokyo is currently working on the development of a new device that will scan a person’s brain waves consistently and record GIF images every 5 seconds. This technology is being developed for the use of airport security but could be put to use in other forms and for different purposes.
Many are concerned with the earth’s future and how the colossal amount of fuel used for air crafts can effect our environment. Therefore certain companies are looking for new answers to powering airplanes in a more eco-friendly manner.
Different options currently being explored are the combination of traditional and bio-fuel made of used cooking oil or the idea of an electric aircraft, in the likes of a hybrid car.
3D printing is becoming a far more common use of producing parts for manufacture. Additive manufacturing ‘grows’ parts from a computer design file. New designs that are able to be produced using this method making an aircraft fuel efficient and lighter.
Flying cars have always been a wishful myth that no one ever really expected to transform into reality. However, this may change as in Europe a three-wheeled car was converted to be able to fly in a gyrocopter fashion. The car’s driving abilities have not been hindered by the conversion to be able to fly, and seems to serve both services adequately.
Japan’s national areospace agency have proposed a long term vision of a hypersonic plane that will be able to carry 300 passengers across the Pacific Ocean within the short space of two hours. Similar projects are occurring in Europe as well, making hypersonic aircrafts closer to reality than we ever imagined.