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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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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Incredible Drone Photos: Contest-Winning Images from Above
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July 20th, 2015
The second annual Dronestagram Aerial Photography Contest brought these incredible images to light.
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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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3D-Printed Spy Drones Could Be Built at Sea
3D-Printed Drone
August 5th, 2015
A 3D-printed drone was recently launched from a British military warship and successfully flew to shore, a demonstration that could pave the way for futuristic spy drones that can be printed at sea.
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High-Flying Photography: Drones Snap Spectacular, Contest-Winning Images
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July 20th, 2015
Whether they're capturing panoramic views of tulip fields or snapping thrilling images of cliff divers plunging into the sea, one thing is for certain: Drones can take awesome pictures.
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Pocket-Size Drone Can Fold Up Like Origami
Foldable drone
May 18th, 2015
A compact, foldable drone inspired by origami can unfold itself automatically and take flight within a fraction of a second.
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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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FBI's High-Tech Surveillance Planes: 4 Things You Should Know
A stock photo of an airplane conducting surveillance.
June 4th, 2015
Here's what we know so far about the FBI's surveillance-ready aviation program.
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