The Drones Are Coming!

The Drones are Coming

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[tippy title ="The other day" header=“off”] 先日[/tippy], someone [tippy title ="sent me a link" header=“off”] リンクを送ってきた[/tippy] to [tippy title ="an awesome aerial video" header=“off”] 素晴らしい空中のビデオ[/tippy] of Takeda Castle in Japan. (See video below.) [tippy title ="At first" header=“off”] 最初は[/tippy], [tippy title ="I assumed that" header=“off”] 思い込んでいた[/tippy] [tippy title ="it had been shot using a helicopter" header=“off”] ヘリコプターを使って撮影された[/tippy], but [tippy title ="as I was watching the video" header=“off”] そのビデオを見ていたら[/tippy] [tippy title ="I realized that" header=“off”] 気付いた[/tippy] …

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The Drones Are Coming! 無人機が到来!
The other day 先日
sent me a link リンクを送ってきた
an awesome aerial video 素晴らしい空中のビデオ
At first 最初は
I assumed that 思い込んでいた
it had been shot using a helicopter ヘリコプターを使って撮影された
as I was watching the video そのビデオを見ていたら
I realized that 気付いた

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The other day, someone sent me a link to an awesome aerial video of Takeda Castle in Japan. (See video below.) At first, I assumed that it had been shot using a helicopter, but as I was watching the video I realized that it had been made with a drone. This got me interested, so I checked the YouTube Channel of the video. There, I discovered a description of how the video was made and the drone that was used—the Dji Phantom 2 Ready to Fly Quadcopter.

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I have seen drones used for filming at the Olympics or other such events, but I always assumed they were very expensive. I was surprised to find that this drone was only about $1,200. Actually, there are even cheaper models; the cheapest ones start at around 300 dollars including the camera. I immediately thought I want my own drone.

Of course I am not the only one. Drones are already flying off the shelves in the US. According to an analysis by the Teal Group, sales of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) will reach $8.2 billion dollars by the end of this decade. This is incredible growth for a category that did not even exists a few years ago.

As usual, powerful technologies bring serious problems. There have already been reports of amateur-operated drones crashing into downtown buildings or dropping onto crowded city streets— not to mention issues of privacy invasion. As of now, they are largely unregulated in most countries.

What do you think? Are you ready for your own drone or do you think they should be more tightly regulated?

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Parrot Helps Solve a Murder Case

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We all know that parrots are very clever animals. [tippy title ="They are said" header=“off”] ~と言われている[/tippy] to have [tippy title ="the same level of intelligence as chimpanzees and dolphins" header=“off”] チンパンジーとイルカと同じぐらいの知能レベル[/tippy]. But [tippy title ="what this parrot in Agra, India did" header=“off”] インドのアグラ市でこのオウムががしたことには[/tippy], [tippy title="(Map)"]< [/tippy] [tippy title ="will blow your mind" header=“off”] 圧倒されるでしょう[/tippy]. The parrot...

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English 日本語
Parrot Helps Solve a Murder Case オウムが殺人事件を解決
They are said 〜と言われている
the same level of intelligence as chimpanzees and dolphins チンパンジーとイルカと同じぐらいの知能レベル
what this parrot in Agra, India did インドのアグラ市でこのオウムががしたことには
will blow your mind 圧倒されるでしょう

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We all know that parrots are very clever animals. They are said to have the same level of intelligence as chimpanzees and dolphins. But what this parrot in Agra, India [tippy title="(Map)"]< [/tippy] did, will blow your mind. The parrot was able to assist police there in solving a murder case.

On February 20th of this year, Vijay Sharma came home from a wedding to find his wife, Neelam, and pet dog murdered. Neelam and the dog had been stabbed to death. The house was in disarray and several valuable items were missing, among them cash and some very expensive jewelry.

After several days of investigating the local police had no leads and no suspects.

Around the same time, the family noticed a change in the behavior of their pet parrot, Heera, whenever their nephew came around. Every time the nephew came near the parrot’s cage, it would become agitated and squawk. One day, when Vijay said the name of the nephew in front of the parrot, it started squawking, “He killed. He killed.”

Immediately, Vijay took this information to the police. Next, the police brought the nephew in for questioning. Under questioning, the nephew soon confessed to the murder of his aunt. According to the police, the parrot provided the break that helped them solve the case.

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The Story of the Heart-Shaped Meadow

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In 2012, Andy Collett [tippy title ="was flying in a hot air balloon over the countryside" header=“off”] 田舎地方の上を熱気球で飛んでいた[/tippy] in southwestern England when he saw [tippy title ="a perfectly heart-shaped meadow" header=“off”] 完璧なハート型をした草地[/tippy] [tippy title ="in the middle of an oak forest" header=“off”] オークの森の真ん中に[/tippy]. [tippy title ="(image)" header=“off”] [/tippy] He had to take a photo. “I have my own balloon and [tippy title ="am quite a regular flyer" header=“off”] 私はかなりの常連飛行者[/tippy] — but [tippy title ="this was the most amazing sight I have ever seen from the sky" header=“off”] 私がこれまでに空から見た最も驚くべき光景だった[/tippy],” he told a [tippy title ="reporter" header=“off”] 記者[/tippy] from [tippy title ="the Daily Telegraph" header=“off”] the Daily Telegraph(ザ・デイリー・テレグラフ)=イギリスで発行されている新聞[/tippy].

The meadow [tippy title ="is hidden behind oak trees" header=“off”] オークの木の後に隠れている[/tippy] and [tippy title ="is not visible from the ground" header=“off”] 地上からは見えない[/tippy]. [tippy title ="Until Mr. Collet's discovery" header=“off”] コレットさんの発見まで[/tippy], [tippy title ="it was a secret only known to its maker and his close family members" header=“off”] それは、制作者と親しい家族に知られているだけの秘密だった[/tippy].

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Winston Howes, [tippy title ="a local farmer" header=“off”] 地元の農家[/tippy], is the man who made the meadow. 17 years ago, [tippy title ="after the sudden death of his wife of 33 years" header=“off”] 33歳の彼の妻の突然死の後[/tippy], he wanted to [tippy title ="do something to express his love for her" header=“off”] 彼女に対する彼の愛情を表現するために何かする[/tippy]. He [tippy title ="started planting oak saplings" header=“off”] オーク苗木を植えて始めた[/tippy] in [tippy title ="a field" header=“off”] 野原に[/tippy] near his home. In all, he planted 6,000 trees. In the middle, he left a perfect heart shape. [tippy title ="The bottom of the heart" header=“off”] ハートの底部[/tippy] [tippy title ="points in the direction of his wife's childhood home" header=“off”] 彼の妻の幼児期の家の方向を指し示す[/tippy].

[tippy title ="The forest has matured" header=“off”] その森は成熟した[/tippy] now and the meadow [tippy title ="has become a quiet oasis where Winston likes to go to sit and reflect" header=“off”] ウィンストンが座って自分と向かい合うために行くのが好きである、静かな安らぎの場所になった[/tippy].

Winston’s [tippy title ="grand romantic gesture" header=“off”] 壮大な情熱的なジェスチャー(身ぶり)[/tippy] [tippy title ="can even be seen from satellites" header=“off”] 人工衛星から見られることさえ出来る[/tippy] (Here is the link!) and [tippy title ="I am sure from heaven" header=“off”] 天国からも見える(と私は確信する)[/tippy] [tippy title ="as well" header=“off”] その上[/tippy].

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English 日本語
The Story of the Heart-Shaped Meadow ハート形をした牧草地の物語
was flying in a hot air balloon over the countryside 田舎地方の上を熱気球で飛んでいた
a perfectly heart-shaped meadow 完璧なハート型をした草地
in the middle of an oak forest オークの森の真ん中に
am quite a regular flyer 私はかなりの常連飛行者
this was the most amazing sight I have ever seen from the sky 私がこれまでに空から見た最も驚くべき光景だった
reporter 記者
the Daily Telegraph the Daily Telegraph(ザ・デイリー・テレグラフ)=イギリスで発行されている新聞
is hidden behind oak trees オークの木の後に隠れている
is not visible from the ground 地上からは見えない
Until Mr. Collet’s discovery Colletさんの発見まで
it was a secret only known to its maker and close family members それは、制作者と親しい家族に知られているだけの秘密だった
a local farmer 地元の農家
after the sudden death of his wife of 33 years 33歳の彼の妻の突然死の後
do something to express his love for her 彼女に対する彼の愛情を表現するために何かする
started planting oak saplings オーク苗木を植えて始めた
a field 野原に、田畑に
The bottom of the heart ハートの底部
points in the direction of his wife’s childhood home 彼の妻の幼児期の家の方向を指し示す
The forest has matured その森は成熟した
has become a quiet oasis where Winston likes to go to sit and reflect. ウィンストンが座って自分と向かい合うために行くのが好きである、静かな安らぎの場所になった
a grand romantic gesture 壮大な情熱的なジェスチャー(身ぶり)
can even be seen from satellites 衛星から見られることさえ出来る
I am sure from heaven 天国からも見える(と私は確信する)
as well その上

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In 2012, Andy Collett was flying in a hot air balloon over the countryside in southwestern England when he saw a perfectly heart-shaped meadow in the middle of an [tippy title ="oak" header=“off”] [/tippy] forest. He had to take a photo. “I have my own balloon and am quite a regular flyer — but this was the most amazing sight I have ever seen from the sky,” he told a reporter from the Daily Telegraph.

The meadow is hidden behind oak trees and is not visible from the ground. Until Mr. Collet’s discovery, it was a secret only known to its maker and his close family members.

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Winston Howes, a local farmer, is the man who made the meadow. 17 years ago, after the sudden death of his wife of 33 years, he wanted to do something to express his love for her. He started planting oak saplings in a field near his home. In all, he planted 6,000 trees. In the middle, he left a perfect heart shape. The bottom of the heart points in the direction of his wife’s childhood home.

The forest has matured now and the meadow has become a quiet oasis where Winston likes to go to sit and reflect.

Winston’s grand romantic gesture can even be seen from satellites (Here is the link!) and I am sure from heaven as well.

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