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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.

New state bill would give cops the freedom to shoot drones down

A new bill introduced in Utah would allow law enforcement to shoot down drones in some situations and would also place limits on drone activity.

Google to beam 5G Internet from the skies using a fleet of drones

Google is working on a system that will see solar-powered drones delivering 5G Internet from the sky, according to a report. The company has already built several prototype versions of "Project SkyBender" and has acquired FCC permission to do so.

Sharks drones to patrol Australian waters

To safeguard water lovers in Australia, drones and "smart" drum lines will be put in place to scan for sharks. This is a new initiative by the New South Wales (NSW) government.

FAA Task Force recommends registration for drones over 9 ounces

A Federal Aviation Administration task force has recommended requiring owners of all drones larger than 9 oz. (250 grams) to register with the government, a move that could affect hundreds of thousands of US drone hobbyists.

Why R2D2 is one of Star Wars' most beloved characters Special

On Dec.18, we’re getting another taste of the Star Wars franchise, so it only seems appropriate to revisit one of the series’ most beloved characters, R2D2, from the robotics experts who created him in 1977.

Deal on using satellites for global flight-tracking in sight: U.S.

Ginebra - Countries are nearing agreement on using satellites to track flights, as they strive to prevent a repeat of the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 in March 2014, a high-level US official said Thursday.

Drone market to hit $10 billion by 2024: Experts

London - The market for military drones is expected to almost double by 2024 to beyond $10 billion (8.9 billion euros), according to a report published Friday by specialist defence publication IHS Jane's Intelligence Review.

Two German tourists detained for Kremlin drone flight

Moscow - Two German tourists were briefly detained in central Moscow after attempting to fly a drone over the Kremlin, a police spokesperson told AFP on Friday.

Online fossil hunters use drone photos to find ancient bones

Thanks to an online citizen science initiative, members of the public are now invited to help hunt for fossils in the Kenyan desert. Volunteers will have the chance to pore over one million images in an area known for fossils of early human ancestors.
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A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
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DJI Phantom Aerial Quadcopter with the GoPro camera.
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Customs and Border Protection Agency said data collected by drones could be shared with other government agencies
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A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
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A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
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Officers from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office display their unmanned aerial vehicle, the Shadowhawk, in Spring, Texas.
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An Amazon.com collection point at the White Rose Centre in Leeds, England.
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A weaponised drone.
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