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Border Agents Watch as Drone Flies 13 Pounds of Meth Into US

Agents recovered the drone and drugs and arrested a 25-year-old man

(Newser) - Looks like automation is impacting everyone's livelihoods, even drug smugglers. The Los Angeles Times reports Border Patrol agents arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of importing a controlled substance Aug. 8 in California after watching a drone carrying 13 pounds of meth fly over the border fence from Mexico.... More »

Drone Operator Near Wildfire Facing 14 Felony Counts

Firefighting planes were forced to land and ground crews were called back

(Newser) - Days after a drone forced firefighting aircraft out of the sky over a raging wildfire in Arizona, the drone's pilot is facing charges, the AP reports. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office arrested Gene Alan Carpenter Friday on 14 counts of felony endangerment and one misdemeanor count of unlawful... More »

Study Pits Drones Against Ambulances, With Clear Winner

Drones beat ambulances to the scene every time in Swedish tests

(Newser) - They're already used by international spies and nosy neighbors. And one day in the future, drones may be used to save lives, Reuters reports. Sweden scientists tested whether a drone could be used to rush defibrillators to people suffering heart attacks. The Karolinska Institute study found that drones beat... More »

Guy Crashes Drone, Gets 30 Days in Jail

It might be the first sentence of its kind

(Newser) - In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, a 38-year-old man has been sentenced to time behind bars because he lost control of his drone. Paul Skinner, who owns an aerial photography business in Washington state, was found guilty of reckless endangerment in January and handed... More »

Chubby Tigers Catch, Destroy Exercise Drone

But it apparently wasn't as tasty as they'd hoped

(Newser) - Some chubby tigers in a Chinese wildlife habitat apparently didn't take kindly to their exercise routine, catching and destroying a drone meant to get them moving, UPI reports. Footage released by China Central Television shows one of the Siberian tigers catching up to the drone and knocking it out... More »

UPS Just Launched a Delivery Drone Off a Truck

Experiment in Florida could one day lead to more efficient rural deliveries

(Newser) - Don't be too nervous if you were in Lithia, Fla., earlier in the week and spotted a UPS truck launching a device from its roof to a nearby blueberry farm. It was all part of a test of a new drone-delivery feature the company hopes to bring to residential... More »

Peeping Drone Spies on Utah Residents, 2 Arrested

Aaron Foote has had voyeurism legal issues before

(Newser) - The community of Orem, Utah, first got a clue something was up via a December Facebook post from the local police department. "Are you missing a quadcopter?" the quirky seven-question survey asked, adding, "Have you been convicted of Voyeurism in the past?" and "Would you like to... More »

City One Step Closer to Becoming The Jetsons

Passenger-carrying drones are coming to Dubai in July

(Newser) - Up, up, and away: Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July. The Chinese-made EHang 184 can carry a passenger weighing up to 220 pounds and a small suitcase, reports the AP . After buckling into its race-car-style seat, the craft'... More »

Drones Find Hundreds of Stonehenge-Like Spots in Amazon

More than 450 'geoglyphs' date from around the year 0

(Newser) - Scientists flying drones over the Amazon rainforest in Brazil have found more than 450 "geoglyphs" that are similar in size, structure, and possibly purpose to Stonehenge in England. The earthworks were likely used for public gatherings and rituals, researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences... More »

Single Computer Operated Fleet of Drones for Gaga Show

300 drones formed shapes in sky

(Newser) - The opening of Lady Gaga's halftime show at the Super Bowl featured an amazing sight you can expect to see more of in the future: a fleet of 300 drones lighting up the sky and transforming into an American flag. The drones, dubbed the "Shooting Stars," did... More »

Amazon May or May Not Be Building a Floating Warehouse

Company receives patent for 'airborne fulfillment center'

(Newser) - Amazon has received a patent for what one tech analyst calls the "Death Star of e-commerce": a floating warehouse hovering more than 8 miles above the ground and "spitting out delivery drones." The "airborne fulfillment center" could station itself above an event, such as a sports... More »

Pentagon: China Gave Us Back Illegally Seized Drone

Beijing says there were 'friendly consultations'

(Newser) - China has returned to the US an unmanned underwater drone the Chinese navy seized unlawfully last week in international waters, the Pentagon says. The Chinese navy vessel that seized the drone returned it near where it had been taken, and it was received by the USS Mustin about 50 miles... More »

China Says It'll Give US Its Underwater Drone Back

While blaming US for having 'hyped up' the whole affair

(Newser) - China will be returning that American underwater drone it snatched out of international waters Thursday, the Pentagon announced Saturday. "Through direct engagement with Chinese authorities, we have secured an understanding that the Chinese will return the UUV to the United States," CNN quotes a Pentagon spokesperson as saying.... More »

Amazon Delivery by Drone Has Begun

First delivery took just 13 minutes from time of order

(Newser) - Amazon has made its first delivery by drone. The inaugural "Amazon Prime Air" delivery took place last week, but was just reported by the company Wednesday. The long-anticipated air delivery took just 13 minutes, CNET reports. Amazon's goal for Prime Air is for deliveries to take 30 minutes... More »

Woman Falls From NYC Roof Trying to Retrieve Her Drone

Was trying to rappel to a lower roof using a tarp

(Newser) - A 55-year-old woman is in critical condition after falling three stories from an NYC roof while trying to retrieve her lost drone, the New York Daily News reports. The woman was piloting a drone from the roof of her building in the East Village Friday when she lost control and... More »

Amazon Gets Patent for Tiny Police Drones

They're adorable and potentially civil-liberty-violating

(Newser) - In the future, a cop's partner could be a tiny, shoulder-mounted, voice-activated drone. The Seattle PI reports Amazon received a patent for an "unmanned aerial vehicle assistant" on Oct. 18. Illustrations from the US Patent and Trademark office show a miniature drone perched on a docking station on... More »

Rwandan Hospitals in Need of Blood Get New Lifeline: Drones

US company Zipline begins deliveries

(Newser) - A US-based drone startup has found a humanitarian market for its services: hospitals in remote areas of Rwanda. The startup, Zipline, has begun making deliveries of blood and other medical supplies via the air, a much faster method than navigating the hilly country's network of slow and windy roads,... More »

The Pentagon Is Worried About ISIS' New Weapon

Off-the-shelf drones are being turned into bombs

(Newser) - In a development that some security experts say the Pentagon should have seen coming, ISIS is now using drones to kill people on the battlefield. The Guardian reports that according to French media, two Kurdish peshmerga fighters were killed and two French special forces soldiers were badly injured in Iraq... More »

'One in a Million': Chance Drone Pic Saves Trapped Man

Texas' Craig Williams just happened to see photo online of brother's flooded home in NC

(Newser) - A drone photo, a Twitter hashtag, and a concerned brother more than a thousand miles away all helped save a North Carolina veteran trapped in his home by Hurricane Matthew flooding. Craig Williams, who lives in Austin, Texas, was worried about his twin, Chris, who had fled Saturday night to... More »

You'll Soon Be Able to Buy a Data Plan for Your Drone

Verizon is launching the service in 2017

(Newser) - Starting next year, Verizon will be selling data plans for drones, the Wall Street Journal reports. But what seems semi-ridiculous at first glance may actually be a useful tool. In an announcement Thursday, Verizon says companies could use drones connected to its LTE wireless network to monitor things like wildfires... More »

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