drones
Cornish Drone Police Go Full Time

The Devon and Cornwall Police force is looking to up its drone coverage of the counties, with a job listing advertising the permanent position of drone manager -- and saying it heralds the launch of a 24/7 police drone assistance service in the region. Read More >>

science
Drones Built Like Squishy Bugs Won’t Break When They Crash

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, minimising the damage it takes. Read More >>

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

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. Read More >>

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

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 bites of the poor gadget. Read More >>

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EE Suggests Renting a Drone to Provide You With Your Rural Mobile Data

EE has announced its rubbish 2017 festival stunt earlier than usual this year, in the form of the Helikite -- a drone/balloon hybrid capable of delivering local voice and data services. Read More >>

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UPS Showcases New Delivery Drone, Fucks It All Up

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 crashed a delivery drone in front of a bunch of reporters. Read More >>

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

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. Read More >>

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Dizzying Video Proves Drone Racing Pilots Have Super-Human Abilities

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. Read More >>

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

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. Read More >>

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Lady Gaga’s Halftime Super Bowl Show Was Lit By Intel Drones

Lady Gaga, who is actually Satan, performed at this year's #PepsiHalftime Super Bowl halftime show. Her awesome set was kicked off by a solo in front of a night sky filled with Intel drones, and it looked great. Read More >>

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The Pilot Who Crashed a Drone Into the Space Needle Could Face Charges

Seattle’s Space Needle is an icon of the paleo-future, constructed for the futuristic 1962 World’s Fair. But this relic of the past just collided quite violently with the future. And literally too, as you can see from video released this week. Read More >>

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

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. Read More >>

toys
This Unbreakable Racing Drone is Perfect for Terrible Pilots

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. Read More >>

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

Damn. I feel like I’m watching the Paramount Pictures title sequence 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 mountain in the Lepontine Alps in Switzerland. And it’s as gorgeous as any drone footage I’ve ever seen. Read More >>

year in review
The Best Gadgets of 2016

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. Here are some of our favourite gadgets this year. Read More >>