Eagle attack! France trains bird of prey to take down rogue drones

Eagle attack! France trains bird of prey to take down rogue drones

Many high-tech solutions for taking down rogue quadcopters already exist, but some governments are turning to eagles for the task. This week the French Air Force showed off its own team of feathered drone retrievers.

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France Begins Opt-Out Organ Donation

France Begins Opt-Out Organ Donation

Laura June, reporting for The Outline: France began to use a new opt-out system of organ donation on Jan. 1, making it one of a large number of European nations that now use a “presumed consent” system. This means that any adult who dies will now donate their organs by default, regardless of their survivors’ wishes, unless they have signed a refusal registry in advance. The new law gets around what has historically been a stumbling block for organ donation: the surviving families of the deceased. A survey in France previously showed that while up to 80 percent of the population was in favor of donating their own organs, about 40 percent of families refuse when pressed to make the choice.

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Countries around the world are pouring billions of dollars into France’s revolutionary nuclear fusion reactor

Countries around the world are pouring billions of dollars into France’s revolutionary nuclear fusion reactor

The fusion reactor everyone is anticipating is currently under construction in France. It’s called the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) and could be the fusion reactor to lead a new era of clean energy. Fusing atoms together generates energy but it takes a tremendous amount of energy to make the fusion happen in the first place. Consequently, engineers have failed to build a fusion machine that generates more energy than it consumes, but ITER is the first machine designed to do just that. If it succeeds, it could change the world.

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