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.
While they're not quite sharks with laser beams attached to their heads, the Navy's new fleet of unmanned war boats could still cause quite a scare.
In September, when Hurricane Edouard was churning out over the Atlantic Ocean, NASA dispatched its Global Hawk drones to fly directly over the eye of the storm.
German logistics company DHL recently announced it is launching a new drone delivery service to get "urgently needed goods," such as life-saving medicines, to certain remote locations.
About 700 inventors and innovators gathered here at the New York Hall of Science last weekend (Sept. 20-21) to show off cool creations and fun DIY projects at the fifth annual World Maker Faire.
Mike Senese, executive editor of Make Magazine, gave a presentation at the World Maker Faire this weekend (Sept. 20-21) on ways drones can be used for good.
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The U.S. military is now one step closer to having a laser gun that can shoot down enemy drones in the blink of an eye.
Move aside, Amazon: Google has revealed its top-secret drone-delivery project, and the first thing they used it for was delivering dog treats.
Mini drones are not yet appearing in our skies on a daily basis but they certainly are a rapidly growing trend.
A company that makes tethered blimps for the military is now developing them for commercial uses, from surveillance of bridges and roadways to assistance after natural disasters.
At the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow, which ran from July 14 to 20, British aerospace firm BAE Systems announced that its Taranis drone has completed a second set of classified flight tests.
A prototype of a top-secret, unmanned British warplane, called Taranis, recently completed a second set of classified flight trials at an undisclosed location, according to the drone's builders.
Photographers looking to capture the perfect shot might soon be able to call on some unlikely helpers: a swarm of small robot helicopters.
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