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TECH 01 Jun 2018 | 4:00 AM

Robot boats propel one of China’s hottest startups

In the vast, freezing Ross Sea, China’s “Snow Dragon” icebreaker needed to find a safe anchorage before it could begin its mission to set up China’s fifth Antarctic research station. The solution was to deploy one of Zhang Yunfei’s freezer-tested boat drones to map the ocean floor.

TECH 09 Sep 2017 | 2:00 AM

Flying rubberneckers disrupt drones working on Texas recovery

As they flew a fleet of drones over flood-ravaged Texas to aid rescuers and inspect levees, Robin Murphy and her team of disaster-response veterans expected to be operating in nearly empty skies.

TECH 29 Aug 2017 | 12:30 AM

Go fetch! Drones help Swiss rescue dogs find the missing

Capo, a golden retriever wearing a bright orange rescue harness, runs with his handler in tow towards a body sprawled in the high grass as a giant drone whirs overhead.

TECH 15 May 2017 | 1:30 AM

Air traffic control for drones is coming. Here’s how it could work

By 2020, an estimated 7 million drones could be zipping around the US delivering packages, taking photos, inspecting infrastructure or conducting search and rescue missions.

TECH 18 Mar 2017 | 2:00 AM

Drones: Rescuer from the skies

Drone-maker DJI has tallied up the number of people that have been saved by drones over the years.

TECH 07 Dec 2016 | 7:00 AM

High-jumping robot could aid in earthquakes, building collapses

An agile jumping robot that was inspired by some of the animal world’s best leapers could one day help in rescue efforts after earthquakes or building collapses, US scientists said.

TECH 02 Dec 2016 | 7:00 AM

Dog nose inspires better explosives ‘sniffer’

Struck by the legendary sniffing skills of man’s best friend, scientists in the United States fitted a dog-inspired plastic nose to an explosives detector, and reported it worked much better.

TECH 25 Aug 2016 | 3:00 AM

Refugee who made it returns with drone to halt drownings

Standing on a pebbled beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, Mehdi Salehi searches for a good spot to set his drone loose.

TECH 11 Aug 2016 | 6:51 AM

Tethered drone could fly 'forever’

An unmanned aircraft system developed by engineers from the University of Southampton uses a powered tether to provide unlimited flight time for drones.

TECH 03 Aug 2016 | 3:36 AM

Alphabet joins drone tests as US considers new rules

Google parent Alphabet is joining tests for drone deliveries, US officials announced, as the White House unveiled accelerated rulemaking for commercial unmanned aircraft operations.