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Pentagon: ‘Jihadi John’ probably killed by U.S. drone

The ninja-clad Islamic State militant who appeared in Internet videos in which dozens of hostages were murdered — among them journalist Steven …

Drone Slams Into Seattle Ferris Wheel

No one was hurt and nothing was seriously damaged, aside from the drone.<p>At about 4 PM yesterday afternoon a drone came a little too close to the 175-foot-tall Seattle Great Wheel, according to local KING 5 News. No one was hurt and nothing was seriously injured, but the drone's pilot is still …

See drone video of the abandoned boats at the Arthur Kill ship graveyard

Ever wonder where the city's mighty ships go when they've passed their prime? The answer is a shallow marshy area just off the coast of Staten …

New Jersey

What drones can do for construction sites

As Amar Hanspal, Autodesk senior vice president, sees it, construction sites are orchestras without conductors. It’s difficult to know immediately if the violin solo started at the right time, if the concrete truck is where it needs to be, or if that wall was built in the right place.<p>Real-time …

Autodesk

New York: Watch drone footage capturing abandoned shipwrecks off Staten Island

A drone operator from New Jersey captured a stunning video of wrecked boats off Staten Island in New York City on 5 November. Chad Aaronson, 38, said …

U.S. now 'reasonably certain' drone strike killed 'Jihadi John'

The U.S. military is "reasonably certain" its drone strike in Syria killed the masked Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John," who appeared in several videos depicting the beheadings of Western hostages.<p>But families of the hostages brutally killed last year said his presumed death is little …

U.S. airstrike targets top Islamic State leader in Libya

The Pentagon announced Saturday that an airstrike targeted the leader of<p>Islamic Statein Libya, an attack that marks the first time the U.S. has directly gone after the extremist group outside of Iraq or Syria.<p>The strike was aimed at Abu Nabil, a.k.a. Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al Zubaydi, an Iraqi …

Al-Qaeda

You can buy a mistletoe drone to spice up your holiday party

Never suffer through a boring holiday party again thanks to The Mistletoe Drone, which is bound to spice up even the dullest hootenanny. The product, …

Drones

This week we’ll know whether Amazon can start making drone deliveries

If Amazon is going to deliver your DVDs, diapers, Oreos and tablets by drone in the near future, the US government is going to need to see it first.<p>Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires commercial drone operators to keep their drones within the line of sight of the pilot, …

Drones

Drone Photographer Eric Cheng Talks About the Future of Drones

Cheng, director of aerial imaging at DJI, says drones will help us understand more about our environment.

Drones

Why good drone art is necessary

DRONES are handily disrupting everything from intelligence-gathering to warfare. They are easily manoeuvred into otherwise inaccessible places, and …

Forget Amazon And Google, The Workhorse Truck Could Be First To Use Drones To Deliver Packages

Steve Burns has a big vision: he wants all of our mail and packages to be delivered by electric trucks with drone capabilities. As co-founder and CEO of Workhorse Group Inc., he’s well on the road to bringing his vision to life, and because of the FAA’s current “line of sight” requirement for using …

Unmanned Aircraft

U.S. drones have been striking Islamic State members planning attacks in America

The U.S. military for weeks has been conducting “direct action” drone strikes on Islamic State operatives in Syria who were seeking to organize terrorist attacks on American targets, according to a knowledgeable U.S. official.<p>The strikes have mainly hit targets in the Islamic State’s capital of …

Terrorism

How drones will drastically transform U.S. agriculture, in one chart

Robots are beginning to transform farming in the U.S., from autonomous mowing and plowing to so-called precision agriculture, a data-based approach …

Hunter hunted: Eagle attacks drone filming in Austrian alps (VIDEO)

Picturesque footage has hit the internet showing an eagle attacking a drone in Tirol, Austria – and carrying it off to its lair.<p>The video opens with …

Toy Drones Pose More Risk to Planes Than Birds, Study Says

Even small toy drones can pose a significant hazard to traditional planes and helicopters in a collision, according to a study.<p>Drones will “most …

Drones

Life as a drone operator: 'Ever step on ants and never give it another thought?'

When Michael Haas, a former senior airman with the US air force, looks back on the missions he flew over Afghanistan and other conflict zones in a six-year career operating military drones, one of the things he remembers most vividly is the colorful language airmen would use to describe their …

Military

Drones may predate Obama, but his resolute use of them is unmatched

The first drone strike took place within weeks of the September 11 attacks, but the unmanned aerial weapons system came of age under Barack Obama.<p>It was Obama who stepped up the most controversial use of drones, using them beyond internationally recognised war zones to conduct hundreds of strikes …

National Security

Here's a cool drone video previewing the Race To Dubai finale

In the Jack Nicklaus autobiography “My Story,” the Golden Bear writes, “When you’re in contention, pressure mounts in direct ratio to the number of holes remaining to win or lose.”<p>Consider the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. Forty-eight tournaments in 27 countries add up to 3,456 holes. Chances are …

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Obama's drone war a 'recruitment tool' for Isis, say US air force whistleblowers

Four former US air force service members, with more than 20 years of experience between them operating military drones, have written an open letter to Barack Obama warning that the program of targeted killings by unmanned aircraft has become a major driving force for Isis and other terrorist groups.<p>…

Obama Administration

Ex-Drone Operator Says Program Is 'Good At Killing People, Just Not The Right Ones'

Former drone operators and technicians are slamming how the program is being run by the Obama administration.<p>WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. drone operators and technicians spoke out on Thursday about the extensive problems with the Obama administration's lethal program in the Middle East, shedding light …

Obama Administration

'The money's not worth losing your humanity': Drone pilots speak out

Former drone instructor Michael Haas would often sneak two quick bumps of bath salts in the mornings before he went to work at a military base …

Watch This Drone Catch Whale Snot

Drone company and ocean nonprofit collaborate to solve a sticky problem<p>To collect whale snot, drones will replace crossbows. In an oceanic research move that seems like a quantum leap in technology, dronemaker Yuneec announced on Monday that it is collaborating with Ocean Alliance to collect health …

Drone Crashes In Iran Near Iraqi Border: Agencies

DUBAI (Reuters) - A drone crashed in southwestern Iran near the Iraqi border on Saturday, media reported, though there were differing accounts on …

Four drone pilots call strikes a "driving force for terrorism"

Four former US Air Force drone pilots have come forward with a blistering critique of the current drone program, first published in <i>The Guardian</i>. In an open letter addressed to President Obama, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, and CIA director John Brennan, the pilots argue the civilian …

NASA Considering Mars Drone For 2020 Rover

The next NASA Mars rover may include a helper drone. This morning, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab outside Los Angeles announced that it is considering adding a drone to the Mars 2020 rover.<p>According to Elizabeth Landau of the Jet Propulsion Lab:<p>The Mars Helicopter (is) a proposed add-on to Mars rovers …

Drones will make it easier to park your car, says Orbital Insight

WIRED Retail is our annual exploration of the ever-changing world of commerce, featuring leading technologists, entrepreneurs and creatives …

Drones

Former US drone operators say strikes fuel 'Islamic State' and hatred towards West

Four former US airmen have said that America's use of drones to kill suspected jihadis is increasing hatred towards the West. The group also said …