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Drones are flying vehicles that can be flown remotely or are capable of autonomous flight. Drone technology has been rapidly improving and drones are being increasingly used in business, military and transport. Here is the latest drone news and research:

Korean Researchers Develop Fireproof Firefighter Drone That Climbs Walls
Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a fireproof firefighter drone that flies an climbs walls. (January 19, 2016)

MIT Autonomous Drone Avoids Objects Using Obstacle-Detection System
MIT researcher Andrew Barry developed a new obstacle-detection algorithm that enables autonomous drones to detect and avoid obstacles in real-time. (November 6, 2015)

NASA Developing Helicopter Scouts for Mars Rovers
NASA engineers are designing helicopters that could act as scouts for Mars rovers. (January 30, 2015)

Two Armed Drone Turns Wheel Valve
Researchers from Drexel University have developed a dual-armed drone that can turn a wheel valve. (September 22, 2014)

Video: Aerial Perspective Scares Geese With Goosebuster Drone
Aerial Perspective frightens geese with its Goosebuster Drone. The video shows how it works. (May 3, 2014)

Flying Hexrotors Perform Classical Music
Flying hexrotos perform classical music, including Thus Spake Zarathustra, in this video from KMel Robotics (April 26, 2014)

Stun Gun Drone Demonstrated at SXSW 2014
This stun gun drone was demonstrated at South by Southwest. The loud security drone can zap a suspicious intruder with 80,000 volts of electricity. (March 8, 2014)

DARPA Unveils Plans for Flying Drones With Detachable Modules
DARPA has unveiled plans for new vertical takeoff and landing flying drones with detachable mission modules. (February 17, 2014)

Boeing F-16 Flown Without a Pilot for the First Time
A Boeing F-16 was flown without a pilot for the first time at Tyndall Air Force Base. The inaugural unmanned flight occurred on September 19, 2013. (September 27, 2013)

Titan Aerospace Says Its Solar Powered Drones Could Remain in Space for Years
Titan Aerospace says its solar powered drones, Solara 50, could remain in space for years at a time. (August 26, 2013)

Florida Keys to Use Drones to Help Battle Mosquitoes
The Florida Keys plans to bring unmanned aerial vehicles into the war against mosquitoes. (August 18, 2013)

German Railways Plans to Use Small Flying Drones to Report Graffiti Vandals
Deutsche Bahn, a national German railway, plans to use flying robotic drones with infra-red sensors to report graffiti vandals. (May 30, 2013)

Quadrocopters Cooperate to Throw and Catch a Ball
Quadrocopters can now cooperate to throw and catch a ball thanks to researchers at ETH Zurich's Flying Machine Arena. (September 29, 2012)

Joggobot is a Quadcopter That Flies Next to Joggers
Researchers at the Exertion Games Lab at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia have created Joggobot, a Parrot AR. (June 4, 2012)

Researchers Study Butterfly Flight With High-Speed Cameras
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are studying butterfly's flight patterns with high-resolution cameras. (February 2, 2012)

Burning Man Festival From Space
The Burning Man festival is an annual event held in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. It has been captured from space by satellite and by drones. (September 2, 2011)

Bug-like Drones in Military's Future
Wired posted this video on YouTube. (May 2, 2008)