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Turn Your Eyes To The Skies For The Latest Explorers

Aaron Dubrow | Posted 08.19.2016 | Science
Aaron Dubrow

From strengthening wildlife conservation efforts to improving disaster response, researchers are finding new ways to use small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to gather data, improve communication, and explore environments where humans and larger aircraft dare not go.

Deadly Drones: The Real Problem

John B. Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics
John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

The current controversy over the use of drones in combat is misguided. Drones are distinguished from other aircraft due to the location of the pilots. But where the crew sits is not the right issue. This debate is another example of blaming technology for human misdeeds.

Robots to the Rescue: Five Lessons From Hurricane Katrina (and 22 Subsequent Emergency Robot Deployments)

Aaron Dubrow | Posted 09.15.2016 | Technology
Aaron Dubrow

Robin Murphy is the master of disaster robots. After 9/11, she deployed small mobile robots to investigate the rubble. In the wake of Katrina, she sent small, unmanned aerial vehicles to explore buildings on the Gulf Coast - the first time UAVs had been used for emergency structural inspections.

Algorithms for Elephants and Rhinos

Celia Black | Posted 05.25.2015 | Green
Celia Black

The illegal wildlife trade is emerging as one of the world's most lucrative criminal activities. Well-organized syndicates operating as transnational criminal networks linked to poaching often participate in other illegal activities, including trafficking of narcotics and weapons--some with ties to terrorist networks.

Drones Are More Than Killing Machines, but What Happens When They Become Intelligent

Andy Miah | Posted 04.27.2015 | Technology
Andy Miah

There's no escaping the fact that drones, like a lot of technology now in the mainstream, have trickled down from their military origins. But there are a few things about drones that are extremely exciting -- and controversial.

People Are Having A Rough Time Flying The Drones They Unwrapped This Holiday Season

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.05.2015 | Technology

This holiday season, so many of you purchased drones for loved ones that the Federal Aviation Administration felt it wise to launch a whole new website with several drone industry organizations. Luckily for the FAA, many seem barely able get their drones off the ground so far.

It's Time to Extend New Technology into War

Gil Laroya | Posted 11.02.2014 | Technology
Gil Laroya

Drones are the natural progression of technology in war. They save lives, and make "safe battle" more of a reality.

The U.S. Postal Service Can Be Saved!

Martin Shapiro | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Martin Shapiro

In the not-too-distant future, the United States' lower airspace will be abuzz with all manner of pilotless delivery UAVs, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, commonly called drones.

Take Your Flight Gaming Into the Real World

Steve Tupper | Posted 03.09.2014 | Technology
Steve Tupper

There's nothing wrong with being adept with a game controller. In fact, skills developed on gaming consoles and in simulators have real-world application for those who fly unmanned aerial vehicles ('UAVs').

Get Ready for the Invasion of the 'Civilian-Owned Drone"'

Adam Banner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

It seems somewhat sinister that any private citizen could use an unmanned aerial vehicle for no legitimate purpose. We already have the government spying on us. Do we need our neighbors stalking us as well?

Small Drone Crashes Into NYC Sidewalk

Posted 10.02.2013 | New York

A small camera-equipped drone reportedly crashed into a New York City sidewalk on Monday evening, narrowly missing a businessman who was heading home ...

Bianca Bosker

A Day With The Drone Entrepreneurs Who Want To Strike It Rich Watching Your Every Move | Bianca Bosker | Posted 08.15.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- This is Peter DeNucci’s first year at the Unmanned Systems exhibition, the world’s largest conference for the drone and roboti...

The Next Step In Mosquito Control?

Florida Keys Keynoter | Ryan Mccarthy | Posted 10.11.2013 | Miami

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is always on the lookout for innovative new ways to make the job of killing the persistent pests more effic...

Brazil To Deploy Drones Over Soccer Stadiums Next Month

Agence France Presse | | Posted 07.28.2013 | World

Brazil will deploy two drones over the stadiums of Rio and Brasilia during the opening and closing of the Confederations Cup next month, the country's...

Proactive Domestic Security -- Dare I Suggest Drones...

Michael Kay | Posted 06.17.2013 | Crime
Michael Kay

The idea of increased surveillance by UAVs may well be unpopular, but should proactive security surveillance measures harnessing the latest technology not be a viable alternative to the reactive scramble for evidence?

Embrace The Drone

Scott Vernick | Posted 06.02.2013 | Technology
Scott Vernick

In many ways, the seemingly furious debate over drones is yet another reaction to the pace at which technology washes over us. There is no doubt that drones raise legitimate legal issues, but it's just too easy to let our "privacy reflex" dominate and overwhelm the discussion.

Why Bush's Iraq War & Obama's Drones Policy Have More In Common Than You May Think

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Ten years after the failed Iraq war, secret legal memos reveal Obama is using the same fear-mongering tactics of 'imminent threats' of evil to justify his drones program as Bush did to justify invading Iraq under his 'pre-emptive' doctrine.

Drones: The New Nuclear Arms Race? (VIDEO)

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 01.14.2013 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Everyone's got a drone, or so it seems. It wasn't long ago that the U.S. had a monopoly on drones, but that is no longer the case.

The Drone War May be Popular in the U.S. AND Illegal

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 09.26.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Americans see the drone war as essentially cost-free. But the terrorist threat is coming from Muslim countries with growing anti-U.S. sentiment, as recent protests in Pakistan and Yemen demonstrate. It's time for the U.S. to rethink what it's doing in that part of the world.

Are Drones Keeping Us in a Losing Cause Longer?

William Astore | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
William Astore

Are they helping us to win wars, or are they essentially prolonging wars that are ultimately unwinnable? So far, it appears that drones aren't decisive. They're merely instrumental. They're instrumental in keeping us in a losing cause.

Andrea Stone

Drone Industry Issues Code Of Conduct | Andrea Stone | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The group representing the industry that manufactures unmanned drones released its first-ever code of conduct Monday. The Association...

WATCH: New Drone Helicopter Wants To Be Your Personal Trainer

The Huffington Post | Jason Gilbert | Posted 06.07.2012 | Technology

In March, we introduced you to Tacocopter, a drone helicopter that could automatically deliver tacos to wherever you were standing. Meet the opposi...

Andrea Stone

Drone Lobbyists Buzzing Capitol Hill | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It may be years before unmanned aircraft are common in the sky, but lobbyists for the industry that develops and manufactures the drones...

Andrea Stone

DHS Seeks To 'Accelerate' Use Of Drones By Police | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Homeland Security has launched a program to "facilitate and accelerate the adoption" of small, unmanned drones by poli...

Virtual Exploration, Virtually Everywhere

Jim Bell | Posted 07.14.2012 | Science
Jim Bell

What surprised me in the symposium, however, is how much telerobotics and telepresence is being used today, right here on our own planet, enabling people to survey, explore, mine, and even kill from great distances.