Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
The Defense Department is increasingly using a technology known as UAVs -- commonly called "drones" -- in the Middle East. However, other agencies are using drones in other capacities, such as Homeland Security is also using them to patrol the border. The use of drones is controversial, as some have taken expressed privacy and other concerns.
November 17 This biodegradable vehicle, developed to protect sensitive ecosystems, invited a closer look at the positive uses of drone technology.
November 17 Will the laser work in actual warfare? Nobody knows exactly.
October 15 Many enthusiasts see a future in which drones could prove as transformational—and as popular—as the personal computer.
October 14 Experts say the highly classified plane—which returns to Earth today—could be testing spacecraft longevity or developing anti-satellite weapons.
September 29 This device, now in development, introduces a new way to use drones.
August 28 One pastor is using drones as a metaphor.
August 20 Why so many groups are against them, but haven't agreed on what they are
August 7 This drone project could save lives in far-flung rural communities—and perhaps pioneer the system globally.
August 5 An online installation asks us to accept an all-but-certain future of drones in cities, and to rethink our relationship to them.
August 1 It's difficult to cross man with details on every secret drone strike you've authorized—especially the legally dubious ones.
July 18 Drones can take photos, even stand in as the ring bearer. But are they legal?
July 14 Once a symbol of outright American military superiority, drones are on their way to becoming an ordinary weapon of war.
July 11 Just don’t expect one at your front porch anytime soon.
July 8 Proposed emergency funding contains $39 million for aerial surveillance, including unmanned aircraft operations.
June 24 Instead of a library card, you'll need training, a professor's endorsement, and a willingness to assume liability for accidents.
June 3 If the FAA approves, filmmakers could be among the first to use commercial drones.
May 15 Last week’s near-collision between a hobby drone and a passenger aircraft portends what could happen as the sky gets a lot more crowded.
May 8 The discovery has fueled worry that the secretive and erratic northern country might soon use armed drones against South Korea.
May 7 The National Park Service says its ban on drones doesn’t just apply to Yosemite.
April 30 Out in the desert it's hard to know when one solar panel among millions has failed. Unless you're a drone.