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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Drone Images Reveal Buried Ancient Village in New Mexico
April 8th, 2014
Thermal images captured by a small drone allowed archaeologists to peer under the surface of the New Mexican desert floor, revealing never-before-seen structures in an ancient Native American settlement.
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Facebook to Purchase Solar-Powered Drone Company
Solara 50 Drone - Titan Aerospace
March 6th, 2014
Facebook is in talks to buy a drone company that manufactures ultra-lightweight, solar-powered planes that are designed to fly high above commercial air traffic and can impressively remain aloft for up to five years, according to news reports.
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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadricopter: A Drone Anyone Can Fly
parrot ar.drone 2.0 quadricopter
February 15th, 2014
The AR.Drone has some limitations and frustrating aspects, but this quadricopter is an absolute blast to fly, and even an old guy like me, who’s not a gamer and is totally inept with joysticks, found it simple to operate.
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Fly's Rapid Fluttering Could Inspire Mini Drones (Video)
a blowfly closeup
March 25th, 2014
A new video has captured the lightning-fast movement of blowfly wings, which could help scientists develop tiny flying robots.
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Smartphone-Piloted Drones Could Support US Troops on Front Lines
February 20th, 2014
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is developing a military drone capable of avoiding hostile threats on the ground, such as ambushes and improvised explosive devices.
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Killer Robots: Natural Evolution, or Abomination?
RQ-4 Global Hawk Military Drone
March 18th, 2014
From stones to arrows to ballistic missiles, human beings have always tried to curtail their direct involvement in combat. So are lethal autonomous weapons the next step in modern warfare or a threat to international humanitarian law?
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Anti-Drone Laws Pass in Washington State & Wisconsin
MQ-9 Combat Drone
February 19th, 2014
Drone policy in the United States is heating up. Washington state passed a law this week to limit the government's use of drones, becoming the 10th state to enact anti-drone legislation.
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Killer Robot Drones are Like Drugs: Regulate, but Resist the Urge to Ban Them (Op-Ed)
Taranis drone in flight
February 13th, 2014
BAE Systems has revealed that it has successfully test-flown Taranis, its prototype Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.
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