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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Jet-Propelled 3D-Printed Drone Claims Speed Record
The 3D printed drone.
November 19th, 2015
A new jet-powered drone might be the most complex flying machine ever built using 3D printing.
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Register Your Drones, Government Says
Drone flying
October 19th, 2015
Recreational drone users must register their unmanned aerial vehicles in order to prevent close calls and other dangerous invasions of airspace, the government says.
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Laser Weapon Melts Test Drone in Midair
The new Boeing Compact Laser Weapon System.
September 9th, 2015
A new laser weapon that can burn up targets in just a few seconds recently melted and destroyed a test drone flying over California.
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The Future of Drones: Uncertain, Promising and Pretty Awesome
artwork of drones in the sky above a city
November 5th, 2015
The future of drones is here, but are we ready?
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Signal-Scrambling Tech 'Freezes' Drones in Midair
October 10th, 2015
A new device that can detect, target and deter commercial drones could be used to keep the flying robots away from areas where they're not wanted, like government properties, airports or your own backyard.
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Fairy-Tale-Inspired 'Gremlin Drones' Could Spy in Swarms
Artist's depiction of the gremlin drones.
September 2nd, 2015
When the U.S. military needs a new idea for drone technology, it turns to an unlikely source for inspiration: old fairy tales.
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Delivery Drones Could Be on Your Doorstep in a Decade, Google Says
google delivery drone
July 29th, 2015
Google's Project Wing could be delivering products to your doorstep in a decade with the help of two-way cellular communication systems.
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Poof! Futuristic Flying Vehicles Could Vanish After Deliveries
DARPA's vanishing glass material.
October 20th, 2015
A magical new device sounds like something out of a Harry Potter movie, but it's real technology that could benefit people in remote areas.
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Drones Save Lives in Disasters, When They're Allowed to Fly (Op-Ed)
Unmanned aerial vehicle
September 19th, 2015
Drones can bring eyes and ears to emergency responders soon after disaster strikes.
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Drones Spook Bears
A drone flies toward the location of a collared bear in northwestern Minnesota.
August 13th, 2015
Bears apparently seem to find UFOs unbearable — airborne robots and other unidentified flying objects can make bear hearts beat four times faster, researchers say.
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