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Drones being used to scan for dead bodies

Shallow graves and recently interned 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.

Op-Ed: Professor says legal critics of war on terror legitimate targets

New York - William Bradford is an assistant professor in the department of law at the US military academy at West Point. Bradford claims legal scholars critical of the war on terror are a "treasonous" fifth column to be classified as enemy combatants.

Drones are ‘legally blind’ so why do we rely on them? Special

Edinburgh - “So much has been said about drones both pro and con,” says the noted journalist and documentary filmmaker Andrew Cockburn, “and yet people still get everything wrong about them.”

U.S. sees big surge in close calls with drones

Washington - It was a fine summer day over the airport at Charlotte, North Carolina and a CRJ200 commuter jet was preparing to land when its pilots spotted something odd outside their cockpit window -- a drone.The unmanned craft flew about five to 10 feet (1.

Drone sales soar, but owners unaware of safety risks Special

Muncie - As sales of remote controlled aircraft or "drones" skyrocket, recreational flyers fear they may lose their rights to the air.

US to increase military drone flights: report

Washington - The US military will drastically increase drone flights over the next four years, in a bid to boost intelligence and strike capabilities across a growing number of conflict zones, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Inside the future of drone technology Special

Drone technology traces its roots all the way back to 1849 when they started out as remote controlled airplanes. Major advances have been made since that time, and experts believe that drone usage is about to skyrocket.

Gun-firing 'drone' built by U.S. teen under investigation

New York - The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it was investigating an online video that shows an alleged home-made "drone" firing a handgun in the Connecticut countryside.

Drones force firefighters to ground planes in Calif. wildfire

San Bernardino - For the fourth time in as many weeks, recreational drones, five of them this time, have delayed efforts to fight a wildfire in California. It took close to a half-hour to find the drone operators and get them to bring their toys down.

Drone postal deliveries begin in Switzerland

En La Gottaz - Wondering where your package is? Look up!Switzerland's postal service said Tuesday it had begun testing parcel deliveries by unmanned drones, although widespread use of the flying postmen is not likely to kick in for another five years.

Russia developing microwave gun to disable drones

Over the past few years drones have emerged as America's weapon of choice. Able to hit targets rapidly, and deployable without putting pilots' lives at risk, drones are now widely used in operating theaters around the world.

Op-Ed: Nation moves in different speeds in seemingly different universes

Denver - Perhaps the only thing the majority of Americans have in common is that they feel irrelevant. Gay, straight, conservative, liberal, pro-choice, anti-abortion. It is a shame people can’t binge.

Federal Aviation Administration allows for Amazon’s drones

Last Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to Amazon that will let the company test-drive Prime Air on the American grounds.

Boom in journalist drone use flies into legal obstacles

Paris - Flying over the flaming barricades of the Maidan protests in Kiev, the camps of Auschwitz or hurtling down a ski slope -- drones have become a vital tool for cameramen, but they are increasingly running into legal and practical obstacles.

Fresh drone flight over sensitive French military site

Paris - A drone has been spotted over a sensitive military site south-west of Paris, a source close to the enquiry said Sunday, the latest in a series of overflights that has stumped authorities.

Google close to sending solar-powered drones into the sky

Google has announced at Mobile World Congress that it is close to an official launch of its Project Titan solar-powered drone program. The first drones could be flying before the end of the year.
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Anti-drone protest in Washington  DC; March  2013
Anti-drone protest in Washington, DC; March, 2013
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A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
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Medea Benjamin  David Swanson  and Cindy Sheehan speak in San Francisco in November 2012 about the d...
Medea Benjamin, David Swanson, and Cindy Sheehan speak in San Francisco in November 2012 about the drones wars
Aerial photograph of ditches at Fazenda Parana
Aerial photograph of ditches at Fazenda Parana
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Supporters of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa Islamic organization hold placards and party flags as they shout sl...
Supporters of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa Islamic organization hold placards and party flags as they shout slogans during a protest against U.S. drone attacks. The banner in Urdu reads, "Barbaric drone attacks on innocent tribal people is blatant state terrorism by America"
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DJI Phantom Aerial Quadcopter with the GoPro camera.
DJI Phantom Aerial Quadcopter with the GoPro camera.
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Aerial photograph and plan of earthworks at Fazenda Colorada made up of clear geometric shapes. Exca...
Aerial photograph and plan of earthworks at Fazenda Colorada made up of clear geometric shapes. Excavations suggest inhabitants lived in the three-sided square
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A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
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Investigators in Paris have been left puzzled by a string of sightings of drones -- like this remote...
Investigators in Paris have been left puzzled by a string of sightings of drones -- like this remote-controlled helicopter, operated using a smartphone
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Warren Weinstein (L) and Giovanni Lo Porto
Warren Weinstein (L) and Giovanni Lo Porto
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U.S. drone in action
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CyPhy Works' new Pocket Flyer drone
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Drones are being used by DHS to monitor drug trafficking, illegal immigration and other criminal activity along the U.S.-Mexican border.
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Drone strikes in Pakistan
Drone strikes in Pakistan
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A surveillance drone used in London during the Oolympics
A surveillance drone used in London during the Oolympics
Reuters
Supporters of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa Islamic organization hold placards and party flags as they shout sl...
Supporters of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa Islamic organization hold placards and party flags as they shout slogans during a protest against U.S. drone attacks. The banner in Urdu reads, "Barbaric drone attacks on innocent tribal people is blatant state terrorism by America"
With permission by Reuters / Fayaz Aziz
DJI Phantom Aerial Quadcopter: The maximum horizontal flight speed of the Phantom can reach 10m/s an...
DJI Phantom Aerial Quadcopter: The maximum horizontal flight speed of the Phantom can reach 10m/s and the maximum vertical speed is 6 m/s
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Wildfire spreads across Interstate 15 in Southern California on Friday afternoon.
Wildfire spreads across Interstate 15 in Southern California on Friday afternoon.
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Tsavo National Park is a vast plain  with few water holes.
Tsavo National Park is a vast plain, with few water holes.
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Few drones are safe around Boeing s Laser Avenger.
Few drones are safe around Boeing's Laser Avenger.
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