August 10, 2018

Emerald ash borer What is it? An invasive tree pest that kills ash trees. Where is it? It has been identified in Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette, Gunbarrel and unincorporated Boulder County. It has been spotted in at least 32 other states and Canada How do I recognize it? Look for dead branches, crown thinning, excessive sprouting, […]

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By Carlos Vargas and Brian Ellsworth BOGOTA/CARACAS (Reuters) – A former Venezuelan municipal police chief and anti-government activist says he helped organize an operation to launch armed drones over a military rally on Saturday that President Nicolas Maduro has called an assassination attempt. In an interview, Salvatore Lucchese, a Venezuelan activist who was previously imprisoned […]

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Covert action is making its name again. Back on the strategic foreign policy stage, covert action is a way to achieve diplomacy without direct military confrontation. Kinetic operations by way of targeted killing have become a hot (and disputed) topic. Even though Presidents Ford in 1976, Carter in 1978, and Reagan in 1981 signed Executive […]

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Venezuelan National Guard soldiers scatter during an explosion as President Nicolás Maduro was speaking on Aug. 4 in Caracas. (Venezuelan Government TV/REUTERS) Last week, someone tried to kill Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro using a drone. Maduro’s speech was interrupted by an explosion — video shows the camera shake, Maduro and his wife flinch, and witnesses flee […]

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Chalk it up to a misspent youth watching movies like The Abyss if you want, but we’re total suckers for underwater robots. However, the majority of machines we see in this space are either aimed at industry or used exclusively as research and development projects within university research labs. Thankfully, Chinese startup Youcan Robot is […]

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The Marin County Sheriff’s Office is in the midst of acquiring five drones, part of a program exposed at a recent Board of Supervisors meeting when a Sausalito man called on the county to hold off on the acquisition until rules are put in place to protect the public from surveillance.  The Sheriff’s Office approved […]

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EFFINGHAM — Teamwork between first responder departments in Effingham County and the use of technology helped find a runaway juvenile on Sunday. Police Chief Jeff Fuesting said city and county police officers searched for the youth after first checking several locations where the 12-year-old boy typically was known to be. He was spotted entering a […]

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Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro clutched his microphone stand during a televised address Saturday and looked skyward at what he thought could be a pyrotechnics display. Moments later, a second blast sounded somewhere in the vicinity—sending dozens of soldiers, previously standing in neat rows, scattering. Venezuela’s Interior Minister said Sunday that six “terrorists” had been detained […]

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