Drones armed with sensors helped researchers study a volcanic eruption in Guatemala.
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.
Swiss researchers looked at bee and wasp wings to design a drone that's stiff during flight, but flexible when it hits something.
Amazon recently patented a large and robust flying drone made up of lots of smaller drones, for carrying heavy packages.
From navigating turbulence, to sleeping midflight, to soaring without a sound, animals' flight adaptations are helping scientists design better flying robots.
A parrot wears tiny, red-tinted goggles and flaps through laser-lit airborne particles to test computer models that explain how animals fly — and shows that there’s room for improvement.
A new automated, flying ambulance completed its first solo flight, offering a potential solution for challenging search and rescue missions.
A series of graphic non-fiction books is proving that comics are terrific for telling stories about science.
Using small drones, archaeologists have revealed details about an ancient cultic settlement in the Apennine Mountains of Italy.