Articles on Drones

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Would you be – or feel – safer if one of these people were a robot? Skycolors/Shutterstock.com

Your next pilot could be drone software

Airplanes could be safer with technology at the helm. A key sticking point is human opinion.
A drone image of a breeding colony of Greater Crested Terns. Researchers used plastic bird decoys to replicate this species in an experiment that compared different ways of counting wildlife. Jarrod Hodgson

‘Epic Duck Challenge’ shows drones can outdo people at surveying wildlife

A few thousand fake ducks, a group of experienced wildlife spotters and a drone have proven the usefulness and accuracy of drones for wildlife monitoring.
A Westpac Little Ripper drone helped rescue two teens off the coast of Australia by dropping a flotation device to them. Westpac Little Ripper

Robots to the rescue: Saving lives with unmanned vehicles

Drones and unmanned aerial vehicles are already saving lives in search and rescue operations, but they still need improvements if they're to be widely used in the most dangerous situations.
Makame Makame from the Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Programme holds one of the drones used to map malaria vectors. Andy Hardy

How drones are being used in Zanzibar’s fight against malaria

Epidemiologists and public health managers are looking to complement indoor-based malaria solutions with those that focus on the outdoors. Drones are a crucial part of their armoury.
Researchers have reviewed evidence for wildlife disturbance and current drone policies and found that the law is playing catch-up with emerging technology. Pip Wallace

Drones and wildlife – working to co-exist

The drone market is booming, with some unwanted consequences for wildlife. A new study argues that threatened species might need extra protections.

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