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Using advanced technology to make drones more robust

Drones are becoming more commonplace; however, one thing holding back the wider use of drones is the ability of the craft to cope with extreme weather. A university has been investigating how improvements can be made.

'Dronejacking' may be the next big cyber threat

Washington - A big rise in drone use is likely to lead to a new wave of "dronejackings" by cybercriminals, security experts warned Tuesday.

Disney's 'Starbright Holidays' features LED-lit dancing drones

Florida's Disney World is offering up a new type of holiday entertainment this year that is sure to create a lot of excitement with children and adults alike. "Starbright Holidays" will feature 300 LED-lit dancing drones in the night sky.

Troubled GoPro announces recall of its just launched drone

Action camera manufacturer GoPro has announced a full recall of its $799 Karma drone after reports of devices losing power while in use. The device launched only a few weeks ago and was intended to revive the fortunes of the struggling company.

Drones help identify post-Hurricane Matthew needs in Haiti

Jeremie - On a football field in the Haitian town of Jeremie, children gather to gape at a drone preparing to take off and document damage to the area caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Amazon wins patent for pocket-sized, voice-controlled drone

Amazon.com has won a patent for a voice-controlled, pocket-sized unmanned aerial vehicle assistant (UAV) that will be lighter, smaller, and less expensive than conventional UAVs.

Op-Ed: Pentagon confirms a new threat: ISIS using exploding drones

Two Kurdish fighters were killed this month after a small commercially available drone they had shot down exploded while they were attempting to disassemble the machine.

Facebook plans to test low-flying drones above its headquarters

The skies above Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters may soon be buzzing with the sound of quadcopter drones. Recently filed documents with the FCC show that Facebook has requested the right to operate an experimental radio in the 2.4 GHz band.

Data plans for drones could be available as soon as next year

Verizon Communications has been working on a project that would provide mobile connectivity to drones, and next year the company says they will begin selling data plans.

How drone usage is reshaping America's infrastructure

In the 1980s, the IT revolution upended the way companies do business while completely transforming our economy. Now we have the same thing happening with drone technologies as the potential for commercial drones in the infrastructure sector take off.

U.S. government pays out to family of man killed by drone strike

The U.S. government has admitted that Giovanni Lo Porto and Warren Weinstein, two aid workers in Pakistan, were killed in a counter-terrorism mission by U.S. military drones.

Contractors hired for drone operations an ominous sign

The US Air Force has turned to using contractors to fly drones, according to the Michael S. Schmidt of The New York Times.

Drones eyed to deliver medicines in Japan

A group in Japan is launching a test involving airborne delivery of medicines as part of the plan to make drones play a crucial role during disasters.

Robots, drones to help secure 2018 Winter Olympics in S. Korea

Organizers will deploy robots and drones to help secure the 2018 Games in South Korea in what is expected to be the most high-tech Winter Olympics in history.

The promise of flying cars could be right around the corner

Flying cars may not just be a figment of "Back to the Future." "We’re going to have thousands and millions of flying drones in corridors, and then we’ll also see people carrying," Peter Diamandis said. "You know, I think it’s an inevitability."

US releases redacted drone strike 'playbook'

Washington - The US government has released a once-secret policy document dubbed "the playbook" that shows how officials select drone targets in areas outside war zones and the key role the president has in the process.

Google’s Project Wing drone given White House boost

Washington D.c. - The development of drones received a boost this week when the U.S. government took steps to fast-track the development of civil and commercial applications for drones. This included giving the go-ahead to Google’s Project Wing.

Britain approves Amazon delivery drone tests

London - As the successful transport of chicken sandwich, donuts and hot coffee by an unmanned small aircraft recently made aviation history in the United States, Britain could be the next to roll out the delivery drone technology.

The US military is developing a swarming army of drones

The term "science fiction" has been losing its meaning ever since the US’ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) started to develop a new drone system.

U.S. reveals death tolls from drone and air strikes

Washington - The United States on Friday lifted the lid on one of the most controversial tactics of President Barack Obama's secretive counter-terror campaign, detailing for the first time the number killed in air strikes in countries like Pakistan and Libya.

How drones, satellites and LIDAR tech help in fighting wildfires

It wasn't too many years ago that pick axes and shovels made up the primary tools firefighters had at their disposal when fighting brush or forest fires. But modern technology had changed the way we look at, as well as the way we fight fires.

UPS exploring drone delivery of medications

Delivery company UPS Partnership is examining the feasibility of using drones to deliver packages of medications into remote regions in Rwanda.

Essential Science: Robot insects powered by static electricity

Harvard - Scientists are examining tiny robotic insects in a quest to find new ways to power robotic devices. The basis of the research is to improve the efficiency for search and rescue operations.

Brain waves used to control the flight of drones

It is possible, through the use of computers, to control an object with thought. This has been extended to drones, thanks to a University of Florida in Gainesville student project.

Drones being used to scan for dead bodies

Shallow graves and recently interred bodies can occur during war time and during certain criminal activities. On the ground, finding whereabouts of these sites is difficult. Spotting sites from the air could make the process easier.

Drones being used to catch people dropping litter

Dubai - Dropping litter generally is frowned upon in most countries and someone being caught indiscriminately throwing litter is likely to receive a fine. With the issue of how to catch a perpetrator, Dubai has taken to the skies.

Drones used for ecological modelling

A new study has concluded that drones are much more accurate for monitoring the size of seabird colonies in tropical and polar environments. This could lead to a wider application of drones for ecological research.

Robotic insects developed for search-locate missions

Giant cyborg beetles could soon be flying around your local town center, should a new scientific study become a commercial reality.

Night-flying drones combat Africa's poaching problem

Wildlife conservationists fighting poaching in Africa are being assisted from on high — by unmanned aerial drones that expose poachers. The drones are also helping to stabilize the tourism industry, which has been severely impacted by wildlife deaths.

Air France jet in near-miss with drone: Air investigation agency

Paris - An Air France Airbus A320 narrowly avoided colliding with a drone as it was about to land in Paris on a flight from Barcelona, France's aviation investigation agency (BEA) said.
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