Land O’Lakes Issues Drone Challenge to Tech Innovators

Offers up $150,000 to help make drones more usable for farmers

Land O’Lakes Prize: Drone ChallengeARDEN HILLS, MN, USA — /PRNewswire/ — Land O’Lakes, Inc. is calling on innovators from the tech industry to enter the Land O’Lakes Prize: Drone Challenge, a crowdsourcing competition designed to develop proposed solutions that enable scalable, autonomous drone usage in precision agriculture.

A prize of $140,000 will be awarded to a grand prize winner who is found to meet all the requirements of the challenge, and two $5,000 prizes are available to two runners up. Continue reading

FDA warns Thermogram Assessment Services

Over Unapproved Marketing Claims

FDA LetterheadOnline — The FDA recently released a warning letter it sent to Thermogram Assessment Services over a lack of federal clearance or approval for devices it markets.

The agency identified the Palos Verdes, Calif.-based company’s Spatial Thermographic Imaging and Integrated Thermography Systems, as well as its infrared cameras as devices intended for use in diagnosing diseases or other conditions or for use in curing, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease without the appropriate clearance.

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FLIR Exx-Series Advanced Thermal Imaging Cameras


Online — The new FLIR Exx-Series of advanced thermal imaging cameras offer superior resolution, precise laser-assisted autofocusing and interchangeable lens options.

The FLIR Exx-Series was redesigned from the handle up to be the rugged, innovative, agile thermal camera you need. Continue reading

January 2017 was third-warmest January on record

A map of the January 2017 LOTI

A map of the January 2017 LOTI (land-ocean temperature index) anomaly -Credit: NASA/GISS
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Online — January 2017 was the third warmest January in 137 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

Last month’s temperature was 0.20 °C cooler than the warmest,  January 2016. However, it was 0.92 °C warmer than the mean January temperature from 1951-1980.

Two of the three top January temperature anomalies have been during the past two years. Continue reading

Ultrahigh sensitivity graphene infrared detectors for imaging & spectroscopy

Ultrahigh sensitivity graphene infrared detectors

Online — Researchers from the Graphene Flagship have developed a novel graphene-based infrared (IR) detector demonstrating record high sensitivity for thermal detection.

Graphene’s unique attributes pave the way for high-performance IR imaging and spectroscopy.

Graphene’s benefits are opening possibilities in high-performance IR imaging and spectroscopy. Continue reading