Kelsey D. Atherton
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
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When the sun disappears behind the moon on Monday, scientists will be ready. The astrophysics of the eclipse are known, so for space watchers it will be a time to relax and partake in the strange beauty of day gone suddenly dark. For the atmospheric scientist however, the eclipse provides a shining opportunity to directly study how the sun influences weather patterns by heating the atmosphere. To that end, a team of researchers from Oklahoma State University and the University of Nebraska is going to spend Monday tracking changes in the atmosphere in the path of the eclipse. And to get just how the eclipse changes the weather in the low sky, the team will fly drones during the totality.

Kendra Pierre-Louis
at 10:11 AM Aug 15 2017
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Forget Smokey the Bear. The Forest Service has a new message for Americans: Keep your drones out of their wildfires.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:02 AM Aug 1 2017
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Every armory is a potential explosion waiting to happen. And in Eastern Ukraine, a stockpile of ammunition recently ignited, spewing smoke and fire into the sky in a dramatic video. The culprit? A small drone carrying a 1-pound grenade armed with the pyrotechnic substance thermite.

Stan Horaczek
at 09:31 AM Jul 17 2017
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This carrying case is part of the $699 Fly More Combo, which comes with extra propellers (shown), an extra battery, propeller guards, a dedicated battery charger, and the $150 remote.

Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
at 09:08 AM Jun 7 2017
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Meet China's huge solar-powered drone, a 130-foot-wide machine designed to fly at more than 65,000 feet, for days on end. How? A super lightweight body and renewable energy tech that can power all eight of its electrical propellers.

Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
at 13:14 PM May 26 2017
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JD.com, also called Jingdong, is China's largest online retailer, with a national distribution network matching the coverage of Amazon in the United States. It'll soon have something its American counterparts doesn't: super-sized delivery drones.

Kelsey Atherton
at 10:50 AM Feb 24 2017
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Dr. Adam Watts of the Desert Research Institute is standing by the side of the road near Donner Pass, shouting over the wind into his phone to talk about a recent test flight. “We built a robot that can fly itself and bring more water out of clouds,” he says, capturing the technological promise at hand in just a few words. Together with Nevada's Drone America, the team flew a cloud-seeding drone beyond the pilot's line of sight. It's the next step in a gradual and ambitious process, aimed at solving a decades-old problem: can the desert pull more water from the sky, and can it do so without injuring anyone along the way?

 
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