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Debris left behind after a tornado strike on Jefferson City, Missouri, May 23, 2019. AP Photo/Summer Ballentine

Millions of burnt trees and rusted cars: Post-disaster cleanup is expensive, time-consuming and wasteful

Government agencies have detailed plans for responding to disasters, but one piece doesn't get enough attention: cleaning up the mess that's left behind.
Drones are increasingly used to gather information and inform research. As technology develops longer-lasting batteries and more sensitive cameras, the role of drones in research will continue to grow. (Shutterstock)

Drones help track wildfires, count wildlife and map plants

Drones have proven extremely useful for research, collecting detailed data to help monitor hard-to-access areas.
A southern right whale calf near Valdes Peninsula, Argentina. wildestanimal / shutterstock

How do you weigh a live whale?

Scientists have used drones and 3D modelling to work out the weight of Earth's largest mammals without killing them.
The Bell Nexus is a full-scale vertical-takeoff-and-landing air taxi vehicle, powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system. Bell/Cover Images

Flying taxis within five years? Not likely

CASA says we could have flying taxis operating in Australia within five years. But there are a few hurdles to clear before we see ride sharing happening in the air rather than on the ground.

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