New research plans to keep drones in the air longer by giving them the ability to land

It’s always good to take a breather!

New sensor backpacks could turn bees into crop-monitoring drones

BEEEE cause we can, that’s why.

Search and rescue operations might soon call on foldable drones to find victims

A simple but elegant solution.

World’s first ion-drive airplane can fly without any moving parts

The solid-state propulsion system works by ionizing the air.

Wasp-inspired micro-drone can tug 40 times its own weight

This microdrone packs a lot of muscle.

Novel video shows what drone impacts can do to planes. Spoiler alert: it’s very, very bad

That’s… surprisingly damaging!

British police find rape victim using drone thermal camera

Talk about a great use of technology!

Potholes could be fixed by asphalt-printing drones

The future is finally here.

NASA Explores the Use of Robotic Bees on Mars

Marsbees could cover a lot more ground on the Red Planet than sluggish rovers.

Drones to offer faster, cheaper monitoring of Antarctica’s ecosystems

Their job will be to take pictures of fat seals and I’m so, so envious.

AI-powered drones race against human pilots

Humans had the upper hand for now. In the long run, though, drones prove more reliable.

Dragonfly dual-quadcopter drone proposed to explore Titan to understand how life appeared

The final selection for New Horizons is expected in mid-2019.

Drones in Sweden carry defibrillators to save cardiac arrest victims

They reduced response times by over 75% during trials.

Cooperative prey hunting and sharing observed in Norwegian seal-eating killer whales

In Norway, a research project regularly uses drones to investigate dietary habits and predation behaviours of killer whale groups.

Pilot program aims to use drones to drop medical supplies in isolated areas

When you need medical supplies, you need them immediately and one startup promises to do it faster than anybody.

Flying Aerobot drone is being designed to soar in the skies of Titan

The drone will have to be light but solid enough to survive in the moon’s harsh atmosphere.

First solar-powered boat to cross the Atlantic embarks on historical journey

A little ship braving the ocean on its own.

Flying quarter-sized RoboBee perches to save energy

Harvard roboticists made an insect-like flying robot that perches on ceilings to save energy, like bats, birds or butterflies.

NSA’s Skynet might be marking innocent people on its hit list

Between 2,500 and 4,000 so-called ‘extremists’ have been killed by drone strikes and kill squads in Pakistan since 2004. Maybe as early as 2007, the NSA has targeted terrorists based on metadata supplied by machine learning program named Skynet. I have no idea who would find naming Skynet a machine designed to list people for assassination a bright idea, but that’s besides the point. The real point is that the inner workings of this software, as revealed in part by Edward Snowden from his leaks, suggest that the program might be targeting innocent people.

This is the first human-carrying drone: is the world ready for it?

hinese drone making company Ehang recently showed off one of the most impressive contraptions at the CES convention in Las Vegas: a manned drone. It can fly as high as 11,500 feet, top speed of 63mph and a range of 20 minutes worth of powered flight. It can fit one person and a small backpack. It looks and sounds impressive, but is the world ready for it? For sure no, but the prospects for the future already sound appealing. Finally, the age The Jetsons foretold might finally be nigh.