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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Dutch Police Deploy Drone-Disabling Birds of Prey
February 3rd, 2016
In the Netherlands, police officers are inaugurating a new species of animal partner — eagles — to take down illegal aerial drones.
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CES 2016: Your Favorite Tech Is Finally Growing Up
The Panono camera, seen at CES 2016, creates 360-degree images in a single shot.
January 5th, 2016
Drones, 3D printing and virtual reality tech are all having coming-of-age moments at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
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Amazon Unveils Its Delivery Drone of the Future
The protoype delivery drone.
November 30th, 2015
The company says that delivery drones could be as "normal" as mail trucks someday.
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In Images: Drones Take Flight in Antarctica and the Arctic
Arctic drone research in Arctic
January 29th, 2016
Aerial drones are seemingly everywhere these days. Even in the most remote places on Earth, scientists are testing the limits of what these robotic devices can do.
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CES 2016: Huge Tech Show Kicks Off in Vegas
The new drone from Lily
January 5th, 2016
Tech geeks and early adopters everywhere will descend on Las Vegas this week for a chance to view the latest in technology and innovation at CES, the world's largest trade show for consumer electronics.
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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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Drone's-Eye View: Flying Vehicles Could Monitor Ice in Remote Regions
January 29th, 2016
Drones face a new set of challenges as scientists deploy the remote flying vehicles to create maps of sea ice in some of the most remote locations on Earth.
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Register Your Drones Online: FAA Site Launches Today
man flying drone.
December 21st, 2015
It just got easier to register your recreational drone, as the Federal Aviation Administration's online registry launched today (Dec. 21).
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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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