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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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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NASA Drone Captures Amazing Footage of Hurricane's Eye (Video)
drone's view of hurricane
October 1st, 2014
In September, when Hurricane Edouard was churning out over the Atlantic Ocean, NASA dispatched its Global Hawk drones to fly directly over the eye of the storm.
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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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R2-D2 Gets Real: 'Star Wars' Droids Already Exist
R2-D2
October 9th, 2014
Even people who aren't diehard fans of the "Star Wars" films will likely remember C-3PO and R2-D2. These sci-fi creations provided a glimpse of how robots could be used in the future, but how close is the world to making its a real R2-D2?
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Drones Are Coming to Hollywood: FAA Clears Robot Flyers for Filming
Flying Drone
September 26th, 2014
Lights! Camera! Take off! The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced yesterday (Sept. 25) that television and movie producers will now be able to use drones to capture high-flying aerial footage.
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Disaster Relief to Filmmaking: 4 Ways Drones Can Be Used for Good
September 22nd, 2014
Mike Senese, executive editor of Make Magazine, gave a presentation at the World Maker Faire this weekend (Sept. 20-21) on ways drones can be used for good.
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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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Delivery Drones Become a Reality in Germany
The DHL drone in flight.
September 26th, 2014
German logistics company DHL recently announced it is launching a new drone delivery service to get "urgently needed goods," such as life-saving medicines, to certain remote locations.
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