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Hostile Drones a Threat to Airplanes

February 2nd, 2016

Episode 73 of 152 episodes

Aviation authorities are becoming increasingly worried about the incursion of drones into their airspace and getting close to planes. But if the near misses are unintentional, what are the threats posed by the intentional incursions? Civilian drones can potentially be used by terrorists. A new report by the think tank Open Briefing for the Oxford Research Group suggests stricter regulation and countermeasures are needed. Click talks to the author of the report, Chris Abbott. Self-Regulating Batteries The danger of batteries causing fires when they get too hot has been a constant cause of concern. But researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution – a battery that shuts off when it gets too hot and starts back up when it cools down. Click talks to the leading researcher, Professor Zhenan Bao. Electronic Superhighway (Part 1) The world of art has incrementally embraced digital technologies over the last fifty years. A spectacular new exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London charts the inexorable rise of digital art. In the first of two reports, Lauren Hutchinson talks to the curator Omar Kholeif and the author and designer Douglas Coupland about how artists have exploited technological advances in their work. Fabulous Beasts Alex Fleetwood’s Fabulous Beasts has already been hailed as a pioneering game. It was nurtured through the REACT Play Sandbox scheme and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The game has already picked up a best new tech award along the way to its recent Kickstarter campaign. 3D printing, Arduino, and Autodesk have all been employed in bringing a game to life that ultimately aims to make the digital world physical. Alex Fleetwood demonstrates his game on Click. (Photo caption: A drone flies at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) Producer: Colin Grant

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