Infrastructure is literally crumbling in many major cities. Fortunately, a number of new technologies are converging to assist in overdue inspections of vital infrastructure such as road and railway bridges."Typically, municipalities or private companies send out a large team of inspectors and need to close certain sections of the bridges to traffic," says Michael Diener, engineering manager at StrucInspect, a company focusing on improving on that method with technology. "And some areas are hard or impossible for a human inspector to reach, creating the risk that a defect might go unnoticed."Drones and 3D cameras can help. Vienna-based StrucInspect overcomes these challenges with an innovative service based on 3D modeling and artificial intelligence. The company captures thousands of images from drones and terrestrial cameras to create a precise 3D replica of the structure's exterior and interior—including hard-to-reach places. Then customers receive a full report, including a … [Read more...] about How the cloud, an army of drones, and 3D mesh is saving the world’s vital infrastructure
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Advertisement Thinking of switching from your Windows-based PC to a Mac? Learn everything you need to know in order to make that transition painless. Read “Switched: The Convert’s Guide to the Mac and OS X”. From MakeUseOf staff writer Tim Brookes, our latest guide explains how to use a Mac from the perspective of a lifelong Windows user.This guide is available to download as a free PDF. Download Switched: The Convert’s Guide to the Mac and OS X now. Feel free to copy and share this with your friends and family.A Guide to the Mac – Table of Contents§1–Which Mac & Why?§2–The Process of Switching§3–Software§4–System & Settings§5–Hardware & Peripherals§6–Conclusion1. Which Mac & Why?1.1 Why choose a Mac?The reasons for deciding to buy a Mac over a PC are entirely personal, and your own pro-Mac arguments might not align with someone else’s. That said, there are a few … [Read more...] about Switched: The Convert’s Guide to the Mac and OS X
Editor's note: The Egypt-set Assassin's Creed Origins is out this week, and in a bold bit of opportunism we thought we'd republish Christian Donlan's wonderful piece on Senet, the board game played by ancient Egyptians. The piece was first published last year. The clay pot theory of historyIt was hard work being dead in ancient Egypt. You had to put the hours in. Upon death, ancient Egyptians believed that your ba - soul is the closest word we have - was kicked loose from your body and freed to roam the lands. This freedom came with limitations, however. Every day your ba left the tomb where your mummy rested and wandered in the heavens. Every night, it had to work its way back home, descending with the sun god to the world of the dead and undergoing great trials, before it finally rejoined the body in an act of supreme spiritual renewal. As above, so below: the Egyptians believed that the sun was born every morning and died every evening. The ba mimicked its journey through the sky. … [Read more...] about Why did ancient Egypt spend 3000 years playing a game nobody else liked?
"I was most intrigued by what I would like to call the upside-down waterfall. Basically, the force of the wind was so strong that the waterfalls would defy gravity and rise up, creating an illusion that the mountains were spewing steam. Finally, we reached our destination, and just like magic, the rain slowed down to a spray. There was a God."N Ghia explores the unexplored terrain of Harishchandragad through Pachnai, a few hours from Mumbai, and comes away with memories of a lifetime. The joys of leaving work early are immense, but leaving it behind completely is a joy unparalleled. With the promise of green rolling hills, clean air and a challenging trek, my wife, a friend, and I, set out on a gloomy Saturday morning over 200 km away from the Mumbai din to tranquil and serene mountain land of Harishchandragad. It's strange how planning for a day trip has changed with this generation. Earlier, we would make a checklist of basic necessities -- water, food, shoes, a pair of change, hand … [Read more...] about My trek to the hill fort of Harishchandragad
Email 7.30 By Josie Taylor and Rachael Brown Posted December 10, 2019 06:03:01 Photo: Nicola Gobbo says she wants to return to Australia. (ABC News: Greg Nelson) Related Story: Nicola Gobbo 'cries most days', but loses bid to avoid royal commission grilling Related Story: Listen to the moment police lied to Nicola Gobbo to convince her to inform on clients Related Story: How Nicola Gobbo's phone call quashed a gangland murder conviction Map: Australia Barrister-turned-informer Nicola Gobbo has told 7.30 she fears Victoria Police will kill her or leak information that could lead to her death. Key points:Nicola Gobbo was a gangland lawyer in Melbourne who became an informant to Victoria PoliceThe High Court lifted a suppression order, revealing her identity to the media in March this yearMs Gobbo says she left the country fearing for her family's safety but her biggest fear is Victoria Police In a world exclusive, Ms Gobbo spoke to 7.30 from a secret, neutral … [Read more...] about Nicola Gobbo, barrister turned police informer, says her ‘greatest fear is the police themselves’