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Cyborg beetles to the rescue

In the wake of the devastating Nepal earthquake, researchers are hard at work developing the next generation of search and rescue tools in the hopes of saving more lives in the aftermath of deadly natural disasters.

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Robot that runs like a cat springs to life in Switzerland

Swiss researchers create a new breed of robots for use in search and rescue operations.

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Robot racing sparks scientific enthusiasm in US students

A hefty robot designed for search-and-rescue and a spindly four-legged rival that bounds along on hydraulic limbs will face off next month along with more than a dozen other entrants in the debut Vecna Robot Sprint Challenge outside Boston.

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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.

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New technology helps search teams find people in wilderness

More US teams are turning to tracking apps that combines cellphone GPS with digital maps detailing cliffs, caves, waterways and other hard-to-search terrain during rescue missions.

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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.

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Drones: Rescuer from the skies

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

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Swiss ski resort bans selfies with iconic Saint Bernards

If there is one photo to take home from Switzerland, it is probably a selfie featuring iconic Saint Bernard dogs against the snow-covered backdrop of the Matterhorn peak.

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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.