Drones

Drones, also called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have no human pilot onboard, and instead are either controlled by a person on the ground or autonomously via a computer program. These stealth craft are becoming increasingly popular, not just for war and military purposes, but also for everything from wildlife and atmospheric research to disaster relief and sports photography. Drones are becoming the eyes and ears of scientists by surveying the ground for archaeological sites, signs of illegal hunting and crop damage, and even zipping inside hurricanes to study the wild storms. You can even rent a personal drone to soar above the horizon and snap a photo or video. Our news and features will cover developments in drone technologies, innovative uses for drones and how drone use will impact society.
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Military Seeks Flying Aircraft Carriers to Launch Drones
Drone Aircraft Carriers
December 9th, 2014
The U.S. military wants to develop flying aircraft carriers to transport drones in and out of surveillance zones.
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Reading Robot Minds with Virtual Reality
The measurable virtual reality system.
November 5th, 2014
With no brains to peer into, researchers have to work hard to dissect a bot's point of view.
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Photos: Drone Reveals Killer Whales
photos of killer whales
October 21st, 2014
A tiny drone has captured stunning images of a killer whale pod, revealing which whales are pregnant and malnourished.
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Cyberwarfare? New System Protects Drones from Hackers
Drone Cybersecurity
December 2nd, 2014
Military drones are often used to store sensitive data, ranging from troop movements to strategic operations. While this may make them vulnerable to enemy interference, a new system is aiming to protect these unmanned aerial vehicles from cyberattacks.
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Electric Trucks Plus Drones Could Make Deliveries 'Green'
Electric Truck
October 29th, 2014
An Ohio-based company thinks it has a better idea for how to deliver packages to future online shoppers: combine drones with fuel-efficient, "green" delivery trucks.
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Killer Whales Caught in Stunning Drone Footage (Video)
photos of killer whales
October 21st, 2014
A population of killer whales has been captured playing, chasing prey and socializing in gorgeous video taken by a tiny unmanned drone.
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US Navy's Boat Drones Can Swarm Enemy Attackers
Navy swarm boat
October 6th, 2014
While they're not quite sharks with laser beams attached to their heads, the Navy's new fleet of unmanned war boats could still cause quite a scare.
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Amazon's Robot 'Elves' Help Fill Cyber Monday Orders
Amazon Warehouse Robots
December 1st, 2014
To improve shipping efficiency, Amazon is using thousands of robots to gather products in its shipping centers on Cyber Monday.
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How Drones Are Fighting Infectious Disease
The senseFly eBee drone.
October 22nd, 2014
In a remote area of Southeast Asia, drones are fighting a battle — not against terrorists or insurgents, but against infectious disease.
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