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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Ready for Takeoff? New Rules Would Limit Some Uses for Drones
amazon prime air
February 17th, 2015
The Obama administration announced a much-anticipated set of rules to govern the use of commercial drones, but experts say the new requirements will hold back parts of the burgeoning industry.
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Navy Helicopter Drone Completes First Round of Testing
The new Navy helicopter drone — the MQ-8C.
December 24th, 2014
A newer, larger U.S. Navy helicopter drone can take off and land from a moving boat.
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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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What Happens When Drones Start Thinking on Their Own? (Op-Ed)
Drone flying
February 15th, 2015
Technologically speaking, drones' abilities have all manner of real-world applications.
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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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Drones May Aid Bird Studies Without Ruffling Feathers
Drones for Studying Birds
February 5th, 2015
Drones have become an important tool in war, but these robotic flyers could have myriad uses off the battlefield, including as bird-watchers.
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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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