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Drones for Good: Loon Copter

February 16th, 2016

Episode 75 of 152 episodes

Loon Copter is an unusual drone that operates both in the air and underwater; it was also the recent winner of the international section of the Drones for Good competition. Click talks to Professor Osamah Rawashdeh, one of the team behind Loon Copter. The Risk to Smart Grids Smart grids are a fundamental component of the European critical infrastructure; rooted on communication networks that have become essential elements allowing the leveraging of the “smart” features of power grids. Smart grids provide real-time information on the grid including customer consumption information. On the downside, smart grids however, also allow for increased opportunities of attack for criminals. Click talks to Rossella Mattioli from ENISA about what can be done to protect networks and devices from cyber threats. Bosch VR: The Garden of Earthly Delights Bosch VR is a 360 virtual reality app immersing viewers in the surreal and mystical landscape of Hieronymus Bosch’s iconic masterpiece, The Garden of Earthly Delights. The app created by the agency BDH, forms part of the 500th anniversary celebrations of Hieronymus Bosch in 2016, held in the artist’s home town of 's-Hertogenbosch, Holland. Click talks to John Durrant of BDH. Digital Historians In the digital age what will the archive of the future look like and how will historians access it? With so much political activity conducted online what now is to be stored and who will be responsible for its future access? Lauren Hutchinson reports from a conference at Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office – a gathering of historians, policy makers, and archivists – on the shift towards digitalisation of history. (Photo caption: The Loon Copter tips forward to "fly" underwater Oakland University) Producer: Colin Grant

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