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Here's The Cutting Edge Weapon The U.S. Air Force Is Developing To Combat War Drones

March 15, 2017 - 5:40pm

Yes, it is a shotgun, and yes the system is called SkyNet.

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Drones Built Like Squishy Bugs Won't Break When They Crash

March 10, 2017 - 9:00am

Like death and taxes, drone crashes are basically inevitable. Even experienced pilots aren’t immune to hardware failures or software problems. But instead of building drones stronger, or wrapping them in awkward safety cages, Swiss researchers have designed a flexible quadcopter that squishes when it crashes,…

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Snap Will Say Literally Anything to Prove Its Stock Is Worth It

March 1, 2017 - 7:10am

Just hours before Snap Inc. is set to price its initial public offering, The New York Times published a humdinger of a report. According to three anonymous sources, the company is building a drone in an attempt to be “a modern-day camera company.” Seems desperate.

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SciFi Short Film Project Shows How Amazon's Drones Will Destroy Us All

February 26, 2017 - 9:10am

Drones might be seen as a cool way to get packages from Amazon Prime without having to talk to anybody, but they could lead to a dystopian police state. At least, that’s one what scifi short film is suggesting.

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Watch an Ambush of Tigers Rip a Drone Out of the Sky and Then Eat It

February 23, 2017 - 7:57am

A group of tigers is called an “ambush” for a reason. When these massive cats get together and decide to catch some prey, they’re simply vicious. A quadcopter learned this the hard way at a Siberian tiger enclosure in China’s Heilongjiang Province. Not only did the beasts swipe the drone out of the sky—they took a few…

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UPS Showcases New Delivery Drone, Fucks Up

February 21, 2017 - 10:05am

Everybody knows by now that the delivery drone ambitions of companies like FedEx and UPS amount to marketing stunts. But what happens when those stunts don’t go quite as planned? UPS knows because it recently bungled a delivery drone demo in front of a bunch of reporters.

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Power Company Sends Fire-Spewing Drone to Burn Trash Off High-Voltage Wires

February 17, 2017 - 10:02am

What happens when your power lines get all kinds of trash hanging from them and it’s not safe to send up a human? In Xiangyang, China, you send in the drones. Specifically, the drones that shoot fire.

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Dizzying Video Proves Drone Racing Pilots Have Super-Human Abilities

February 13, 2017 - 11:28am

Do you remember the first time you tried flying a drone? And almost immediately crashed it into a wall? Experiences like that make it hard to believe that professional drone racers are able to pilot their tiny crafts at such impossible speeds without having some kind of super-human, X-men like powers.

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Drone Footage Shows New Destruction at the Syrian World Heritage Site of Palmyra

February 13, 2017 - 7:45am

As if the nearly six-year civil war in Syria couldn’t get any worse, it appears that militants with the so-called Islamic State have inflicted further damage to the ancient Roman-era site of Palmyra.

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Watch Football Stars Get Bombed by Ball-Dropping Drones

January 27, 2017 - 2:00pm

The NFL’s Pro Bowl game kicks off on Sunday night ahead of next week’s Super Bowl, and part of the pre-game festivities included a fun series of “skills showdowns.” For some reason, this meant pitting some of the game’s best wide receivers and defensive backs against football-dropping drones.

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Dumbass Convicted Over Pride Parade Drone Crash That Knocked Woman Out Cold

January 15, 2017 - 7:00pm

It was supposed to be a celebration LGBT culture, but it ended up serving as a lesson in robot etiquette. On Friday, a 38-year-old man was found guilty of reckless endangerment in connection with a drone crash at Seattle’s 2015 pride parade that left an attendee unconscious.

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NASA's Supercomputers Reveal the Incredible Turbulence Produced By a Drone

January 13, 2017 - 12:52pm

If you’ve ever been blasted by the downwash of a drone when it flies over you, you know how much air four spinning rotors can move. But to help improve the design and flight characteristics of future drones, NASA had its supercomputers simulate what that air movement actually looks like, and it’s impossibly complex.

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This Unbreakable Racing Drone Is Perfect For Terrible Pilots

January 11, 2017 - 8:23am

There’s a reason nature uses eggs to protect offspring who develop outside their mothers. Domes are inherently strong and durable, so it also makes sense to build a drone with a similarly bulbous shape to help it survive crashes, collisions, and other accidents when an amateur pilot is at the controls.

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This Stabilized Footage of a Drone Flying Up a Mountain Is Pure Gorgeousness

January 4, 2017 - 3:33pm

Damn. I feel like I’m watching the Paramount Pictures title sequence (you know, the one with the stars and the snowy mountain) come to life. Or, like, the opening sequence to a huge blockbuster movie right before it kicks off its first action scene. But I’m just watching a drone fly up the east ridge of Hübschhorn, a…

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A Drone-Mounted Christmas Tree Is Easier to Take to the Curb After the Holidays

December 22, 2016 - 6:45am

Sure, opting for a real Christmas tree fills your home with the wonderful smell of pine needles during the holidays. But getting its dried husk out of your home and onto the curb after New Year’s can be a logistical nightmare: unless you have the brilliant foresight to mount your Christmas tree to a drone.

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The Best Gadgets of 2016

December 21, 2016 - 6:00am

We spend a lot of time playing with gadgets at Gizmodo. A lot! Very few actually impress us, but 2016 did deliver some great gear we actually liked. These are our favorites.

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Researchers Make an Obvious Discovery For Improving Drones

December 16, 2016 - 1:07pm

Even the most maneuverable aircraft we’ve designed is no match for the agility of a bird. Mother Nature has all but perfected flight, so why are we wasting our time re-inventing the wheel? As researchers at Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne realized, we should just be copying our fine feathered friends.

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This Aerial Footage of China Basically Teleports You There

December 9, 2016 - 10:42am

There are so many great aerial shots of China in this video by Stef Hoffer that I think my mind just teleported there. It’s not just the pretty stuff either; The video is especially great because it shows many different sides of China, from the natural beauty of the country to the smoggy life in the cities and all that’s in between: sand dunes, solar panels, rice terraces, ghost cities, shanty towns, and more.

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