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  • Fridays are awesome.

  • I'm Carl Azuz with ten minutes of commercial- free current events.

  • This is CNN Student News.

  • First up, the numbers, 200 fighter jets,

  • 12, 000 troops, 70, 000 doves, 70, 000 balloons.

  • All part of a massive military parade Thursday

  • in the Chinese capital of Beijing.

  • It was the first one since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012.

  • He unexpectedly announced that China's military

  • would be reduced by 300, 000 troops,

  • bringing it down to about 2 million total.

  • For comparison, the US Military has 1. 4 million troops,

  • but China does plan to continue increasing its military

  • spending on high tech equipment.

  • All this comes at a time of international and economic tensions.

  • A lot of global concerns are focused on China.

  • A Technicolor show of force.

  • China boldly displaying new high tech weapons of war.

  • The world's largest military presented as a force of peace

  • and stability as China remains locked in territorial disputes

  • with many Asian neighbors and key US allies, including Japan.

  • The parade's timing, 70 years after Japan's World War II defeat,

  • analysts say is no coincidence.

  • China knows very well that they eyes of the world

  • will be watching this military parade

  • and the eyes of the world will be looking very closely

  • at military capabilities through this parade.

  • The People's Liberation Army, or PLA,

  • revealing many weapons kept hidden from the public until now.

  • Long range missiles known as carrier killers,

  • capable of sinking ships, which could neutralize U. S. Naval power.

  • Attack drones, heavier and more sophisticated than ever, all of it made in China.

  • President Xi Jinping promising a peaceful road ahead.

  • China will never be aggressive. Will never invade other countries.

  • Will not impose on other countries what it has gone through.

  • Every channel in China ordered to play programs

  • about past wars that killed millions of Chinese.

  • State media crediting communist troops for the victory,

  • when in fact nationalist KMT troops bore the brunt of the losses.

  • This really upsets me, says this 96 year old KMT veteran.

  • The Communist Party's propaganda blinds and fools many people.

  • The spectacular display a huge inconvenience

  • for those who couldn't leave their homes

  • or even open windows during the parade,

  • but some Beijingers didn't seem to mind.

  • We just have to sacrifice for this kind of parade,

  • says this state worker who hasn't been able to drive her car.

  • Traffic restrictions and factory closures

  • dramatically reduced Beijing's notorious air pollution,

  • leaving skies parade blue, a perfect day to show off to world leaders,

  • including Russia's Vladimir Putin.

  • Noticeably absent, the US, UK, Australia and Japan.

  • Confirmed, french investigators now

  • say part of an airplane wing found on reunion island

  • in the western Indian ocean is from a missing Malaysia Airlines

  • passenger plane that vanished last year.

  • The flapiron, that's a part of the wing,

  • had a series of numbers inside of it.

  • It took them weeks,

  • but investigators were able to match those numbers

  • with the Spanish company that made parts of the flapiron.

  • Still, no one knows what happened to the flight,

  • which had 239 people aboard when it vanished on March 8, 2014.

  • No other confirmed debris has been found.

  • The search continues in remote parts of the Indian Ocean.

  • One challenge there in finding the missing passenger plane

  • is the fact that only 5 % of the world's oceans have been mapped,

  • though they cover 70 % of the Earth's surface.

  • That said, technology that can save lives after a variety of disasters is advancing.

  • This ape- like simian inspired four- limbed robot

  • developed at NASA's jet propulsion laboratory, JPL,

  • is groundbreaking and built for disaster response.

  • So being able to send something like Robo Simian

  • into a disaster environment means

  • that we could go into a situation in which it was simply too risky

  • to send a human and do something.

  • Things that a human would be able to do,

  • but couldn't because of some sort of risk.

  • Named after an ape from the jungle book,

  • King Louie has seven cameras, or eyes,

  • for all around vision, allowing him to generate a 3D map.

  • And how many different kinds of maneuvers can this thing make.

  • Basically anything you can imagine.

  • They need to start recording on the camera if they are not already.

  • Disaster robotics are Dr. Robin Murphy's

  • specialty Particularly unmanned aerial vehicles,

  • also known as UAVs or drones.

  • Now we're seeing a big focus on UAVs,

  • because those are really good for floods

  • and what we call wide area searches,

  • things like earthquakes and hurricanes.

  • Hurricane Katrina was a big one, Haiti earthquake, the Thailand flooding.

  • Murphy's team has helped in more than 46 disasters,

  • and UAV technology is advancing.

  • With longer battery power, longer flight time, and better images,

  • drones are playing a huge role in the aftermath of natural disasters.

  • And then there's this.

  • So this is something that could detect an unconscious victim.

  • One of the interesting cases in Katrina

  • was they had people who had climbed up into their attics.

  • As the floodwaters rose, then there's no way to get out of the attic.

  • Finder can see people's heartbeats through the roof,

  • and so if you had a Finder in a boat outside,

  • you would know which houses have somebody trapped in the attic.

  • You can go and cut through the roof and rescue them.

  • Finder can detect heartbeats in about 30 seconds,

  • and recognizes the difference between animals and humans.

  • They've got lots and lots of buildings that have collapsed.

  • They wanted a way to walk down the street and figure out

  • which building have somebody in them to rescue and which ones don't.

  • Natural disaster occur when they're gonna occur,

  • and you don't have any control over that.

  • Devices like Finder are just another tool in the toolbox to respond to them,

  • help save lives, rescue people after the disaster's occurred.

  • Continuing our cross- country call out of all 50 states

  • and adding yet another international school to our Roll Call.

  • In Belfield, North Dakota, the Cougars are on the prowl.

  • Hello to everyone at Belfield High School.

  • In Berryville, Virginia it's the Eagles up next today.

  • Good to see Clarke County High School is watching.

  • And it Barendrecht, a town in the Netherlands,

  • thank you for making us part of your day at Dalton Lyceum Barendrecht.

  • When the defending champion New England Patriots

  • open their regular season against the Pittsburgh Steelers next Thursday,

  • quarterback Tom Brady will likely take the field. That's significant.

  • The National Football League had suspended the Patriots' quarterback

  • for four games and punished his team after something strange

  • was noticed during last year's AFC Championship game that the Patriots won.

  • All 11 of the Patriots' footballs were under inflated in the first half.

  • But Tom Brady fought the NFL in court, and yesterday

  • a judge tossed out Brady's suspension.

  • The ruling was not about whether he deflated the footballs or knew about it.

  • The judge ruled that the NFL didn't treat Brady fairly in its investigation,

  • and that it went to far in suspending him.

  • The NFL is appealing the decision.

  • With Brady expected to play on September 10th,

  • Patriots tickets have shot up in price.

  • On average, a merino sheep yields about 11 pounds of fleece when it's shorn.

  • That takes about three minutes to do. This took longer.

  • Just outside the Australian capital of Canberra,

  • a sheep was discovered that apparently had never been shorn.

  • That's dangerous for sheep. It was hard for him to walk.

  • So a champion sheep shearer volunteered to give him a haircut.

  • Took 42 minutes and yielded an unofficial world record of 89 pounds of fleece.

  • That's tough to bleat and shorn enough

  • the sheep shearing shaped the sheep to ship shape,

  • shearly shaping up shear comfort

  • and enshorning the shaven sheep would have Marie,

  • no reason to stay sheepish. We're keeping it wool on CNN Student News.

  • We are off the air Monday for the Labor Day holiday.

  • Hope to see all of you next Tuesday,

Fridays are awesome.

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