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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Angry Chimp Attack! 5 Bizarre Drone Crashes
chimpanzee attacks drone
April 16th, 2015
Drones are becoming increasingly popular in everyday life, but the technology still has some kinks to work out. In the latest example, a drone crashed and burned while carrying a shipment of asparagus to a restaurant in the Netherlands, according to news
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Amazon's FAA Approval May Not Give Commercial Drones a Lift
Amazon's "Prime Air" Delivery Drones
March 20th, 2015
Amazon got approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to test its much-hyped Prime Air delivery drones in the United States. But this might not be the news Amazon had hoped for.
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Wow! Watch a Drone Fly Through the World's Largest Atom Smasher
LHCb detector at CERN
March 4th, 2015
The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful atom smasher, juxtaposes the big and the small. In a new video, a drone flies above and through the LHC, showing all the different size levels of the device.
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Birds' Foldable Wings Could Inspire Nimble Drones
Bird-Inspired Robotic Wings
March 26th, 2015
A drone that mimics the way birds fold and flap their wings could improve the design of future unmanned autonomous vehicles, and could even help the machines withstand midair collisions.
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Are Wearable Drones Buzzing on the Horizon?
March 18th, 2015
Future wearables may be tiny drones that protect users from pollution, play games, act as scouts and fly long distances on drone superhighways.
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Secret Service Will Test-Fly Drones Over US Capital
Washington, D.C.
March 2nd, 2015
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's … a drone flying over the U.S. capital! The U.S. Secret Service has announced it will soon begin flying unmanned aerial vehicles over Washington, D.C.
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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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In Images: Wearable Drone Concepts
parasol wearable drone
March 18th, 2015
Future wearables may be tiny drones that protect users from pollution, play games, act as scouts and fly long distances on drone superhighways.
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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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