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Amazon has a new drone delivery video. Here are 8 details worth noting.

Almost exactly two years after first announcing its plans to deliver packages with a drone, Amazon revealed a new prototype of one of its delivery drones. Here are some interesting revelations:<p><b>1. Amazon built a “hybrid” drone</b><p>Amazon’s prototype is an octocopter — meaning it has eight propellers and …

Drones

Australia's using drones to protect its coasts from sharks

While shark attacks are rare in Australia, every year a handful of people lose their lives while swimming off the country's coastlines. New South Wales (NSW) government officials know there is no easy way to reduce risks, but have committed to spending AU$16 million ($11.6 million) on a new "shark …

This Farmer Is Using Drones to Deal with His Crops

A long-time tropical fruit farmer has gone deep into the jungle of Belize to preserve it and to learn its lessons with the help of drone technology.<p><i>"Every time, I think I'm going to wake up back in the jungle. While I was here, I wanted to be there and while I was there, all I could think of was</i> …

Belize

Boston drone maker releases surveillance UAV that can fly forever

Anyone who has flown a hobby drone knows the technology’s biggest weakness — limited flight time due to inferior battery technology. A 10-minute …

Drones

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UAE Drone Can Clear Fog At Airports

A team of three PhD students from the Sharjah campus of Khalifa University may have found a method of solving a perennial problem for the region's …

The evolution of the selfie stick is just a drone on a leash

The Fotokite Phi is the simplest flying camera we've seen yet<p>There are many variations on the theme of the flying camera coming to market these days. Most are quadcopters that you pilot with a remote control or mobile app. Some can follow you and take commands from a wearable device that lets it …

Drones

Boeing's New Autonomous Sub Can Dive to 20,000 Feet Deep

Exploring the bottom of the ocean is tedious, difficult work. Traditionally, there have been two good options. You go with a manned submersible, like …

Scientists develop software for drone traffic management

It's all systems go for NASA Ames' Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management project. One of its partner organizations participating in the program's initial phase is the University of Nevada, Reno, where a team of researchers has already created the software to make it possible. If you're …

37 incredible drone photos from across the globe that would be totally illegal today

One of the most interesting ways to utilize drone technology is photography. Photographer Amos Chapple knows this better than most. As soon as consumer drones came on the market, Chapple knew he needed one. After purchasing one and learning how to fly it, he began traveling the globe, photographing …

Drones

The last of the Veyrons: goodbye to Bugatti's finest

The Bugatti Veyron is the sort of car that you race against jet planes. It's also the sort of car that you buy when having the top-floor corner office just isn't enough. It's the ultimate supercar and one of the ultimate expressions of wealth, but as of this week it's also a historic car. The very …

Sports Cars

15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality

A breath of fresh air<p>In the late '80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in …

Plants

Why are we short-sighted?

Myopia is among our most common complaints – but have we fundamentally misunderstood its origins and its treatment? David Robson squints at an answer.<p>When I was a teenager, my eyesight slowly began to fail and I had to wear spectacles. What began as tiny slithers of glass soon started to approach …

Immune System

ABC: Always Be Coding

How to Land an Engineering Job.<p>Be honest. Are you a good engineering candidate? How are you measuring yourself? How many companies have you …

Is The Internet Good or Bad? Yes.

It’s time to rethink our nightmares about surveillance.<p><b>TEAR GAS IS A GOOD TEACHER.</b> It taught me that what they say is true: Awful conditions can …

3D Robotics' new drone can follow you around, carry a mirrorless camera

3D Robotics is not about to let DJI hog all the press with its wild Inspire 1 Drone, so it just revealed its own semi-pro model: the X8+. The 8-prop UAV is designed to carry GoPro or lightweight mirrorless cameras, while offering a fully automated flight control system starting at $1,350 (without a …

BMW's i8 Is Where Every Supercar Manufacturer Needs to Go

Hybrid electric coupes are fashioned for efficiency—with fangs<p>It wasn't that long ago that every major sports car manufacturer scoffed at the idea of inserting hybrid-electric powertrains into their track-tuned road-rockets. They reasoned electric motors simply don't light anybody's fire. Even if …

BMW

DJI's New Compact 4K Drone Is Introduced as the Inspire 1

Taking aerial film-making to new heights is the DJI “Inspire 1” that sees the latest in filming<p>Taking aerial film-making to new heights is the DJI “Inspire 1” that sees the latest in filming ingenuity packed into an incredibly lightweight drone unit. Boasting high level responsiveness and …

3D Robotics is building the drones that just about anyone can fly

The FAA might not know what to do with drones, but UAV technology is moving so fast we're thinking more "when," not "if" the skies will be filled with quadrocopters. To help more people jump into the future, 3D Robotics SVP of Sales and Marketing Colin Guinn joined us at Expand to show off the …

FAA Updates Rules To Prohibit Drone Flights Over Stadiums

The FAA has updated their rules to more clearly prohibit drone flights over stadiums, the update to a “Notice to Airmen” or NOTAM modifies a previously existing restriction on overflights of certain stadiums by manned aircraft. The NOTAM was issued after the September 11th attacks and is justified …

A Sweeping Selfie Shot with a Drone from the Edge of a Cliff

Matt Benedetto calls the video above a dronie, a combination of the words “drone” and “selfie”. It starts with a closeup view of him and gradually …

Watch a hawk defend its turf against a quadcopter in the only way it knows

KU-KAW!<p>Not since James Cameron's 2009's masterpiece <i>Avatar</i> has there been such a struggle over the use of resources, and machine versus animal. That is one way you could describe this 39-second clip of a hawk defending its turf against a quadcopter drone flown by a puny earthbound human. Luckily a …

Drone captures stunning footage of killer whales

For the first time, researchers have used a video camera mounted on a hexacopter to monitor the behaviour of killer whales in the wild.<p>Using a hexacopter flying 30 metres above the surface of the water, researchers have been able to capture valuable information about the health and habits of killer …

Animals

A Trippy Mind-Reading Goo That Reacts to Your Emotions

Russian artist Dmitry Morozov turns neural activity into art. He's used brainwaves to control robotic musical instruments and harnessed psychic …

Watch a brave drone get dramatically close to an erupting volcano

DJI has just shown off one of the most spectacular drone videos we've ever seen of an erupting volcano, so close it resulted in a melted a GoPro camera. The pilot, Eric Cheng, captured the footage at the Bardabunga volcanic system in Iceland using an off-the-shelf DJI Phantom 2 drone equipped with …

Scientists Have Found A Crystal That Can Let You Breathe Underwater

It’s a great scientific irony that water is full of oxygen yet none of it is breathable to humans. But that might be about to change, thanks to a research team in Denmark and a bizarre crystal they’ve discovered.<p>Carrying the catchy label of [{(bpbp)Co2II(NO3)}2(NH2bdc)](NO3)2 * 2H2O, and what we’re …

Infographic: How To Feel Happier And Less Stressed

Are you down in the dumps? Wish you felt like clapping along to Pharrell? Happify can help. The company’s digital brain games promise to boost feelings of happiness and fulfillment. If you’re not convinced–or if you’re too stressed to take a mid-day procrastination break–then the company’s new …

Kobo Aura H2O

Amazon has become more or less synonymous with e-books with its omnipresent Kindle brand, but Kobo has been building out its e-reading empire with some alluring devices of its own in recent times.<p>If you’re new to Kobo, the Toronto-based company launched its first device back in 2010, appropriately …

The science behind the extraordinary vision of owls

Another cool thing about owl eyes is the iris color. The iris color is somewhat related to the time of day or night in which an owl hunts. PawNation …

Birds